Ashland, Oregon

Environmental Education

Rise to Resilience
How Diversity Builds Strong Communities

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Fri, 30 July - Sun, 1 August, 2021
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SOU Environmental Education Graduate Program logo
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About The Conference

Rise to Resilience: How Diversity Builds Strong Communities is the theme of the 2021 conference - how do you build resiliency in your workplace, in those you teach, in the environmental education field, with staff, and in your community.

Event Location

Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon


Friday to Sunday 30 July - 1 August, 2021

A Hybrid Conference

We are eager to bring you an opportunity to connect with others in the environmental and outdoor education field in a safe and fun manner. We are aware that social gatherings are limited at this time and acknowledge that the situation may evolve leading up to summer 2021. Keeping that in mind we are working to organize a hybrid conference with the majority of sessions offered online and some in-person field trips and workshops at Southern Oregon University (SOU) at a reduced capacity. We will be prepared to switch to an all-virtual conference if conditions warrant the change. 

Interested in supporting the conference? Contact us to learn how you can volunteer your time or become a conference sponsor.

Conference Strands

Conference strands align with Oregon's Environmental Literacy Plan - system thinking; physical, human, and living systems; the interconnectedness of people and the environment; personal and civic responsibility; and thinking and planning for a sustainable future.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will be interwoven into each strand.

Registration Open

  • Early registration (until June 6):  $75 for members and $125 for nonmembers
  • Regular registration (ends July 16 for in-person & July 23 for virtual): $100 for members and $150 for nonmembers

Early registration will be open until June 6th at a reduced rate of $75 for members and $125 for nonmembers. We are limiting the number of in-person registrations. Housing on the SOU campus is available for an additional fee ($42 per night) and must be reserved by June 23rd. You must be a member prior to completing this registration to receive the member discount. To learn more about our membership options, visit Be A Member page.  

Become an EEAO Member & Save on Conference Registration

Become an EEAO member and save on registration fees. Organizational members receive a minimum of 4 memberships and $1,000 organizational level or higher receive a minimum of one free conference registration. Read more about EEAO membership. Please sign up and pay for your membership prior to registering for the conference. 

  • If you are not sure if your membership is current, check by logging into EEAO's website with your username/password here.
  • If you have forgotten your password - please try to use the email you most likely have in EEAO's database in order to not create a duplicate profile.
  • If you are unable to access your account after trying the above, contact us.


Friday, July 30

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Gathering & Welcome (in-person & online)
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 04:15 PM
In-person workshop
01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
Online sessions
02:45 PM - 04:15 PM
Online sessions

Saturday, July 31

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM
Welcome (in-person & online)
09:00 AM - 12:15 PM
In-person workshops
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online sessions
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
In-person workshop
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Online sessions
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 04:15 PM
In-person workshop
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Online sessions
02:45 PM - 04:15 PM
Online sessions
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Online session

Sunday, August 1

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Closing (in-person & online)

Our Sponsors

EEAO conferences are the perfect platform for sponsors to engage with over 180 passionate environmental education advocates, whose influence reaches thousands of people each year.A variety of sponsorship options are available.
Steward Sponsors
Gray Family Foundation
Partner Sponsors
Engaging Every Student
Friend Sponsors
Friends of Outdoor School
National Wildlife Federation
Southern Oregon University Graduate Program