2017 Annual Conference

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Get ready for the 2017 WAEE annual conference on October 19-21 at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. We have a dynamic lineup of field trips, workshops, concurrent sessions, networking opportunities and an evening gala. Registration will be open soon!

We are excited to announce our Keynote speaker James Edward Mills!

James Edward Mills Adventure Gap book cover

James is an award-winning journalist and author of The Adventure Gap. He writes about outdoor recreation, the environment, charitable giving and sustainable living, and minority issues. He’s worked in and written about the outdoor industry since 1989. James lives in Wisconsin with his family.

James Edward Mills will be speaking on Friday morning, Oct. 20.

 Conference Registration

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 Tentative Sessions Schedule

Conference Strands

  • The Rising Tide –  Stewardship, advocacy and community engagement. Waters may be rising, but so are our communities. How is your organization engaging local communities in environmental education? Did you have great success with a specific stewardship campaign? Who are your partners?  Share your successes to help inspire us all.
  • Immersed – Innovative best practices in environmental education. Surround yourself with the best of the best. Share the latest classroom technology. Explore recent trends in curriculum. Examine up and coming research in the field. Share the projects and efforts that continue to make environmental education excellent.
  • Watershed Connections – Diversity, equity and inclusion. Water connects us all. How is your organization ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment?  How are you delivering culturally relevant education? Where are you struggling?  How can the field of environmental education be more inclusive when it comes to all types of diversity – race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • At the Water’s Edge – hands-on environmental education and recreation. Share your best water-based recreation and hands-on education projects. How are you integrating water in the field and the classroom to make learning fun and experiential?
  • Making it Rain – Development, marketing and administration. What strategies is your organization using to thrive? Have you implemented innovative marketing efforts or fundraising campaigns? How are you helping your employees enhance their effectiveness and your organization retain quality staff? Share your successes and challenges in this strand geared toward administrators and managers.
  • Water Droplets – Early childhood environmental education. Have you developed an outdoor program for young children? Are you working with unexpected partners? Have you found successful strategies to engage families? From nature centers to day care centers we can all learn from developments in early childhood environmental experiences.

Exhibitor Information

To reserve and pay for exhibitor space, fill out the Exhibitor Reservation form.


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