Oregon Environmental Education Conference

We are moving our 2020 conference to a virtual format. We will reschedule an in-person conference in Southern Oregon for 2021. 

2020 Environmental Education Virtual Conference
Inspiring Change!
July 27

We are partnering with Southern Oregon University's Master of Science in Environmental Education Program to bring you two days of virtual learning and connection.


Contact us with questions about submitting or reviewing proposals.

We will share information on how you can join the e-conference soon. 

E-Conference Focus

The focus will be on how environmental education advocates (from formal and non-formal educators to scientists, natural resources experts and more) inspire change. Conference strands will aligned with the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan (OELP) with an emphasis placed on DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion); in particular, thinking about how can EE empower diverse perspectives?

The strands will be:

  • System Thinking –Understand and apply systems thinking concepts and tools
  • Physical, Human, and Living Systems – Understand one’s relationship to the local, regional, national and global community
  • Interconnectedness of People and the Environment – Understand the physical and biological world, and our interdependent relationship with it
  • Personal and Civic Responsibility – Understand and achieve personal and civic responsibility
  • Thinking, and Planning for a Sustainable Future – Investigate options for, plan, and create a sustainable future

Sponsor our 2021 Conference!

EEAO conferences are the perfect platform for sponsors to engage with over 180 passionate and engaged environmental education advocates, whose influence reaches thousands of people each year. A variety of sponsorship options are available, download our sponorship packet for details. 

EEAO Sponsorship Packet

In addition to monetary donations we are also seeking in-kind contributions of products or services to support the conference. We are happy to discuss opportunities to accommodate your goals and needs. Please contact Jenna Mendenhall with any questions, donations, or to discuss options.

The Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO) strives to work collaboratively with individuals, communities, and organizations to build relationships, improve practices, and share ideas around environmental education. By supporting EEAO you become a part of a larger community working together to further environmental education and environmental access across the state.

Become a Sponsor Today!


Bringing EE Leaders Together

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We plan, organize and host an environmental education conference to provide professional development opportunities for anyone interested in learning how to promote environmental literacy. The conference consists of multiple concurrent sessions, field experiences, workshops, keynote speakers, exhibits, and full group plenary sessions. Conference attendance ranges from 130-150 participants and generally includes non-formal educators; classroom teachers; and agency, business, and non-profit representatives interested in environmental education. The conference also serves as a forum to host nationally and regionally recognized leaders  to share their expertise and perspectives on national and regional initiatives to help broaden our exposure.

The 2020 conference has gone virtual

Please visit our 2020 Conference page for details

We will reschedule an in-person conference in Southern Oregon for 2021


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2018 Conference

Exploring Our Connections through Environmental Education

September 28 - 30, 2018
The Grove Camp & Retreat Center
Canby, Oregon

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Thank you to all who joined us and supported our annual gathering in Canby, Oregon at The Grove Camp and Retreat Center. It was a weekend full of opportunities to network with others across the state and to learn and share with each other. 

"The EEAO conference was great! I didn't want to leave. I had been traveling for work just about non stop since August first and was feeling pretty exhausted and uninspired. I am so glad I went! The first night fired me up, and by the time I left the conference my battery was recharged. Thank you! "  ~ Keith Williams, Executive DIrector, NorthBay

"The quality of and food for thought gained from the conference sessions were inspiring. I was able to put strategies and ideas into practice straight away. Also, the wide range of organizations, businesses and governmental agencies represented there was impressive and networking opportunities were invaluable. Being surrounded by like-minded, passionate and fun individuals was encouraging and reinvigorating. I'm ready for the next conference now!" ~ Lacey Moore, Environmental and Science Education Consultant and Curriculum Developer

Some conference presentations have been shared below.

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Oregon communities compassionately working together to create equitable connections to and expressions of the local and global environments.

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To cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders

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  •    EEAO works to ensure everyone in Oregon has an opportunity to learn about the environment and society where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.