2021 AAEE Conference:
Call for Virtual Presentations & Workshops

The Arizona Association for Environmental Education is excited to open its call for virtual presentations and workshops for its
2021 AAEE Virtual
Conference on September 10, 17 & 24.

Submissions will be accepted through July 2, 2021.

2021 Presentation Types

We are committed to providing a fun, meaningful, and engaging virtual experience through the 2021 Conference. We know virtual engagement can be tough and tiring, so we’ve added some fun new session types to this year’s menu of choices to mix things up! We encourage you to read through the session types below and consider trying something new for the 2021 conference. There is also the opportunity for you to propose what you’d like to do if none of the options presented below resonate with you.

Buds & Blooms (10 minutes)

Buds & Blooms talks are succinct, “lightning-style” presentations used to highlight new ideas, tools, programs, successes, and more. Three or four related talks will be presented back-to-back during one 50-minute time block, followed by time for Q&A and/or discussion. There are several tracks of Buds & Blooms presentations planned including: 

  • Half-Baked Ideas: Do you have an in-progress idea you’d like to share with a friendly audience for feedback? Do you have a lingering question or problem you’d like to throw out to a group of EE professionals to discuss? Consider shaping that “half-baked” idea into a Buds & Blooms talk!  
  • AZ Nature Appreciation & Storytelling: Let’s get back to some of the inspiration that led many of us to this field. Use a Buds & Bloom talk to tell us about your favorite Arizona wildflowers, the cultural history of your favorite places of Arizona, or why the spotted skunk is the coolest skunk around. Give us a quick virtual tour of your school garden or share your AZ nature inspired poetry.   
  • New Tools for Engagement: We’ve all added new tools to our educator tool belts over the past year. Take some time to showcase one of your favorite digital or online tools and how you’ve used it to advance your work in EE.  
  • Program / Research Snapshots: Tell us about a successful EE program you run or an exciting EE-related research project you’ve been involved with. What lessons did you learn that other EE educators may find helpful in their own work?
  • Other: We don’t want to limit your creativity. Do you have another idea for a Buds & Bloom talk? Check this box and tell us about it in your proposal summary. 

Branching Out (25 minutes)

Branching Out talks are 25-minute presentations for you to showcase EE in action—whatever that may look like for you. This is great opportunity to share virtual or outdoor curriculum you’ve led, tell us about your recent community engagement efforts, or share how your work in EE has changed over the past year. We have several tracks of Branching Out presentations you can choose from:

  • Take It Outside: Demonstrate EE curriculum and activities you’ve facilitated in outdoor classrooms, gardens, parks, and other spaces. Take us on a virtual tour of your location. Or, plan a session that requires attendees to step outside to participate.
  • Virtual EE: Show us how you’ve successfully adapted your EE programs into a virtual landscape? What opportunities did virtual learning present? What challenges did you find and how did you address them? What aspects of virtual programming will you continue post-COVID? 
  • Community Engagement: Partnerships are essential to our work. Tell us about how you have successfully worked with community partners to develop, improve, and facilitate EE initiatives where you live. 
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Do you work behind the scenes in support of EE? Tell us about your leadership initiatives, development activities, or fundraising efforts to keep things going over the past year.
  • Other: We don’t want to limit your creativity. Do you have another idea for a Branching Out talk? Check this option and tell us about it in your proposal summary. 

Rooting In (45 minutes)

Rooting In presentations are 45-minute virtual workshops that allow participants to dig deeper into a particular topic of discussion. Rooting In presentations should be as interactive as possible and include some sort of skill development. Consider requiring your participants to participate from an outdoor space of their choosing.


Don’t see an option above that fits what you want to present at the 2021 Conference? Tell us what you would like to do, how much time it will take to do it, and how you plan to make it interactive and engaging in this virtual environment.

Important Note

Please note that presenters and co-presenters are strongly encouraged to register for the full conference (registration will be open in late June). Since the conference represents AAEE’s primary revenue stream to cover operations, we are unable to offer a discounted conference registration fee to presenters at this time.

Conference Pricing

The costs listed below are for the early-bird rates. After the early-bird deadline on August 6th, the costs will increase in each category.

*All Full Conference (3-Day) Early Bird Registrants (both members and nonmembers) will receive a AAEE Swag Box (valued at least $30)!

  • Activity
  • 1 Day
  • 2 Day
  • 3 Day
  • Regional Meet-ups
  • Member Rate
  • $50
  • $90
  • $125*
  • $10 each
  • Non-member Rate
  • $60
  • $108
  • $150*
  • $15 each