AAEE is honored to plan and coordinate an annual conference each year. Our conferences are designed to explore cutting edge topics, share ideas with each other, and support those new to the field of environmental education.

AAEE’s annual conference provides a space for networking with other EE professionals, sharing successes and challenges from the past year, developing new skills and learning new tools, and engaging in meaningful conversations about the future of environmental education in Arizona.  Our conferences, and all of our events, are as inclusive as possible. We keep registration fees reasonable, offer pay what you can options, split the event on weekdays and weekends, and host in-person conferences in a welcoming space with an organization that shares our values. We invite an array of speakers, and raise up the voices of those typically under-represented in our field.

Conference Archive

2021 Conference: Planting New Roots

2021 AAEE Conference logo

The 2021 Conference — Planting New Roots: Growing an Inclusive EE Community in Arizona was held on four Fridays in September 2021. We offered both virtual and in person meet up options for engagement. Revisit the 2021 Program for details. Highlights included an Opening Keynote by Parker McMullen Bushman of Inclusive Journeys, a Plenary Session by Professor Alberto Arenas of UArizona’s College of Education, and a Panel Discussion on EE Deserts in Arizona with Dionna Reese Williams, Denisse Ortega Lorona, and Cassandra Stouder moderated by AAEE Board Member and one of 2021 NAAEE’s 30 under 30 Ellen Bashor.

Registration for the virtual event included access to the recordings of all presentations for one year from air date.

AAEE 2019 Conference: We Are EE!

The first conference sponsored by AAEE in almost a decade! We believe in the power of inclusivity, community, sharing ideas, and celebrating our collective successes. We strive to create a more environmentally literate and compassionate society. Conference Goals: 1.To bring attention to AAEE. 2. To demonstrate that EE is not just for K- 12 formal educators in a classroom. 3.To highlight the diversity of ways people in Arizona conduct EE. 4.To begin to address inclusivity issues in the work that we do.