2017 Annual Conference


Join us for our annual environmental education conference on October 19-21, 2017 at Concordia University in Mequon, WI. The conference theme is Water Rising, and the conference will cover so much more than just water. We will explore environmental education and today’s environmental landscape from multiple angles.  

We invite formal and non-formal educators, environmental education professionals, administrators and students to share their knowledge and experience at this year’s conference. Submit a proposal for a presentation, concurrent session or workshop associated with one of this year’s conference strands, based on water metaphors:

Submit a proposal for a presentation, concurrent session or workshop associated with one of this year’s 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.

To submit a proposal, fill out this online proposal form.

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

Proposals must be received by May 31, 2017.  If you have questions, please contact Lynn Karbowski at admin@waee.org or 715-570-2587.