2019 AAEE Conference Schedule

Conference Overview

The 2019 AAEE conference is an opportunity to bring together EE professionals to share impacts and best practices and participate in professional development, so that collectively we can increase environmental literacy in our communities. So much great work is happening in Arizona and we’re excited to provide this venue to connect and enrich what we do. 

Environmental education (EE) programs in Arizona should be as representative of our communities and inclusive as possible. With that in mind, it’s our goal to bring together as many different voices as possible and we’re so glad you’ll be one of them. 

Check out our full list of presentations and descriptions here!

Registration Options

We have several registration options so that you may choose what works best for your interests and schedule.

  • Full Conference – Includes your choice of two pre-conference workshops on Thursday, all sessions on Friday, Saturday morning sessions and one Saturday field trip. Meals are included from Thursday breakfast through lunch on Saturday. 
  • Pre-Conference Workshops Only – Includes two pre-conference workshops and all meals on Thursday.
  • Two-Day Conference – Includes all sessions on Friday and Saturday, plus a field trip and meals from Thursday’s welcome dinner to lunch on Saturday. 
  • Friday One-Day – Includes all sessions on Friday plus Thursday’s welcome dinner and all Friday meals.
  • Saturday One-Day – Includes Saturday morning sessions and one afternoon field trip plus Thursday’s welcome dinner and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pre-conference Workshops/Concurrent Sessions
9:00 AMProject WET
How does the Arizona Water Cycle
Rule My World?
Project WILD
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat.
Project Learning Tree:
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education curriculum designed for teachers, parents, community leaders and non-formal educators.
Earth Education
"Helping people live more
harmoniously and joyously
with the natural world.”
12:00 PM
Networking Lunch
1:00 PMProject WET
Digging in to Increased Heat and
Extreme Weather Events to Build
Community Resilience
Growing Up WILD
Growing Up WILD takes the best of the Project WILD curriculum and adapts it to learners from age 5-10.
Project Learning Tree:
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education curriculum designed for teachers, parents, community leaders and non-formal educators.
NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence -
Intro to the Series. Learn how to prepare to become a certified environmental education professional through AAEE
4:00 PM
Committee Meetings in Crossroads Commons
6:30 PM
Welcome Reception at Natural History Institute

Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions

Friday, September 13th, 2019

8:00 AM
Welcome by AAEE President (LoriAnne Barnett) & Morning Keynote (Thomas L. Fleischner, PhD. Director, Natural History Institute)
Natural History: The Heart and Soul of Environmental Education
Natural history, broadly defined as "a practice of intentional focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy,” fosters inquisitiveness and passion for the world, and serves as the foundation for all natural sciences. At all levels, natural history can play a key role in energizing environmental education. Thomas L. Fleischner is a naturalist, conservation biologist, and long-time environmental educator. He is the Executive Director of the Natural History Institute in Prescott, Arizona, Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for 29 years, and Chair of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America. His extensive writings include editing two recent anthologies — The Way of Natural History and Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness.
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
12:45 PM
Lunch & Learn: Find your people!
EE Certified, Master Naturalists, ECE, Formal Ed, Non Formal Ed, Outdoor Adventure, Underrepresented Audiences
2:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
Open Space Activity
5:00 PM
Poster Sessions – Visit Exhibitors
6:00 PM
Evening Keynote and Awards Dinner
(Calvin Centåe Richards, PhD. Prescott College Director, Education and Professional Preparation)

Inclusivity in EE
Dr. Centåe Richards specializes in the resolution of social issues of inclusion and diversity that often materialize in education spaces. He has previously worked with K-12 students, staff, teachers, principals, coordinators, operations managers, human resource specialists, district directors, school district office officials, and board members. Dr. Richards currently looks for ways that adolescents use their ethnic and cultural identities in educational settings to create spaces of agency and alternative forms of learning that can inform and guide more traditional forms of curriculum in the classroom.

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

8:00 AM
Breakfast & Morning Panel Discussion
How do you EE?

A sharing and learning session designed to explore the many ways EE is applied in fields beyond K-20 formal education,
featuring a discussion of the intersectionality of inclusivity in working with diverse communities in Arizona.
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
12:15 PM
12:30 PM
Green Chamber Roundtable
1:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Announce Raffle and Prize Winners!
2-5:00 PM
Optional Field Trip to
Optional Field Trip to
Watson Lake
for Kayaking
(25 spaces, $30 fee)
Optional Field Trip to
Optional Field Trip to Tour the
STEM Education Center
Optional Field Trip to
Center for
Natural History
Optional Tour of
local Community
and School Gardens
in Prescott

Saturday Field Trip Descriptions

We are excited to host engaging field trip options included as a fundamental part of the conference. These field trip opportunities will provide hands-on learning, networking, and an introduction to some of the best environmental education locations around the Prescott area. Field trips will last approximately 3 hours (2 pm – 5 pm), including transportation time. Options include STEM education, natural history, outdoor adventure, sustainability, school gardens, animal sanctuaries, hiking, nature walks, and more. AAEE will do its best to accommodate attendees’ first choice selections, but some of the field trips will have limited space available. For specific details about the Field Trips Scheduled, view this page for more information.