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Planting New Roots: Growing an Inclusive EE Community in Arizona. The September 2021 event consists of both virtual conference days and regional outdoor in-person meet-ups coordinated across Arizona.  We know virtual engagement can be tiring and tough, so we are offering both presenters and attendees a lot of flexibility and options to participate. Our conference planning committee is working on some other creative surprises that will mix things up from a “typical” virtual conference.

Sign up today to attend one or more of our engaging virtual conference days (Fridays, September 10, 17, and 24) or for our regional outdoor meet-ups (Saturdays, September 11, 18, and 25). We are donating $1 per registrant to Terrapass to offset the cost of carbon consumption for sponsoring these events.


Registration for the virtual event also provides you with access to the presentation content delivered on the day you’ve chosen for ONE YEAR from the date of the event. NOTE that it will likely take us at least a week or two to synthesize the content for posting online so we ask you in advance for your patience. If you’d like to help us render the videos, please reach out to profdev@arizonaee.org to let us know you can help!


Check out the flexible one, two, and full virtual conference registration options below to pick the option that is best for you. Need some help? We want to make this open to ALL. If you need assistance with the registration fee, email profdev@arizonaee.org and let us know how much you can pay with contributions starting at $25.

  • Activity
  • 1 Day
  • 2 Day
  • 3 Day
  • Regional Meet-ups
  • Member Rate
  • $75
  • $115
  • $150
  • $10 each
  • Non-member Rate
  • $85
  • $133
  • $175
  • $15 each

2021 Conference Program and Schedule


Join us for our spectacular Opening Keynote Speaker, PARKER MCMULLEN BUSHMAN. Chief Operating Officer of Inclusive Journeys (inclusivejourneys.com), and founder of Ecoinclusive Strategies, Parker is a dynamic speaker and facilitator who engages organizations in new thinking around what it means to be a diversity change-agent and create dynamic organizational change. Ecoinclusive (ecoinclusive.org) provides training and resources for non-profit, cultural, and environmental organizations. Parker will share her experiences and content related to environmental education and environmental justice.

This session will be held on Friday, September 10th at 9:30 am. It will be followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion open to all conference participants.


The Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Environmental Education: Where do we go from here? Join Alberto Arenas, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies in the UA College of Education and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Environmental Education, for a presentation that challenges the concept of the Anthropocene, the idea that the biosphere and geological time have been fundamentally altered by human activity. While this is an eminently reasonable position that merits our appreciation, it nonetheless obscures asymmetrical relations of power, capital and class that are at the root of much ecological and social harm. And where does that leave environmental education, the branch of knowledge/action most closely tied to exploring environmental issues, engaging in problem-solving, and taking action to address such vital issues as climate change and the sixth great extinction of planetary life? These are some of the issues analyzed in this presentation.

This session will be held on Friday, September 17th at 9:30 am. It will be followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion open to all conference participants.


Arizona MountainsEE DESERTS IN ARIZONA: Featuring Diona Williams, Cassandra Stouder, and Denise Ortega. Moderated by AAEE Board Member Ellen Bashor. Hear from EE Leaders and Practitioners in the areas of the state that are often left out of the broader EE Conversation. The Panel will discuss successes and issues in their communities.

This session will be held on Friday, September 24th at 9:30 am. It will be followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion open to all conference participants.