CAEE’s Fall 2021 Advancing Environmental Education Conference
The 2021 Fall Conference will be hybrid, with one day of virtual sessions on September 21st from 8-5:00pm and two days of in-person workshops September 24th-25th at Snow Mountain Ranch!
Presenters help the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) explore, elevate and spark environmental education by sharing new ideas, research, successful strategies, and more. The conference offers a variety of sessions, inspiring speakers, and many opportunities for networking and discovering new ideas, tools and techniques. Click here to learn more about the overall conference.
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- Conference Theme, Tracks, Strands & Topics
- Important Information about Submitting a Proposal
- Session Times & Formats
- Other Conference Information
Environmental education occurs in many forms by a variety of environmental education (EE) providers and supporters, including formal educators (pre-service teachers, in classrooms, school districts, higher ed), non-formal educators (nature centers, parks, non-profits, youth groups, state agencies, community groups, etc.), as well as other sectors (business, consultants, media, etc).
CAEE seeks session proposals that highlight environmental education approaches from a variety of backgrounds, sectors, focus areas, and experience levels, and in particular the connections between environmental education research, practices and collaborations that offer tangible takeaways for participants.
STRANDS & TOPICS:
The 2021 annual conference will feature session strands and tracks to encourage a more broad and inclusive representation of environmental education innovation, research, approaches and resources. Session presentation formats included traditional presentations, hands-on, workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, and lightning presentations that were intended for different knowledge and experience levels (click here for more information on session formats).
Session Strands and Example Topics:
Conservation - Focus on increasing environmental knowledge, improving environmental awareness and attitudes and inspiring positive actions to lead to improvements in environmental issues including water, fire, flooding, climate change, energy, pollution, overpopulation, etc.
Connecting People to Nature/Health and Wellness - Focus on increasing people’s connection to the outdoors to ensure physical, mental, emotional and social health. Topics could include health and wellness connected to outdoor experiences, understanding of personal and environmental health, hands-on learning, place based education, food/agriculture, behavior change, lifelong learning, urban/rural community approaches, etc.)
Pre-K-12 Education - Focus on improving academic performance, including greater STEM literacy, increased school engagement for students; programs that support teacher professional development and direct improvement of school grounds and other learning spaces. Topics could include academic standards, curriculum, student achievement, interdisciplinary approaches, projects, extracurricular activities, school grounds, buildings, healthy environments, STEM, homeschooling, and collaborations among schools/universities, EE providers, families, communities, etc.)
Youth Development - Focus on guiding young people as they grow into responsible, engaged citizens that care for the environment and their communities. Topics may include professional, leadership, or character development through outdoor experiences or community service, youth engagement, moving forward EE career paths, etc.)
Social Justice - Focus on providing access and opportunity for underserved communities and underrepresented populations including increased access to outdoor experiences, improved urban green space, and the development and support of environmental educators and leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups. Topics could include environmental justice, cultural competency, inclusivity/equity practices, engaging diverse audiences/communities (i.e. ethnicity, language, age, gender, ability level, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, etc.)
Skills and Professional Learning - Focus on building skills and capacity of professionals within the EE community. Topics may include organizational infrastructure, management, fundraising, evaluation, advocacy, messaging/marketing, volunteers, community outreach, developing and expanding alliances, collaborations, networks, etc.
SESSION FORMAT: This year the conference offers the following virtual session format. A brief description of the different formats is included below. Please consider how to best present your session so that the participants feel engaged and come away with new ideas and useful takeaways.
Virtual Sessions: These can be a traditional presentation focusing on a single topic, program, resource, etc. followed by a short discussion with attendees and/or include virtual activities providing attendees with an opportunity to interactively learn and engage in activities and breakout rooms that provide tangible ideas, practices and resources to use. These sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday, September 21. Sessions should be no longer than 45 min.
VIRTUAL SESSION SETUP:
You are responsible for providing a laptop and any specific materials you need.
Breakout rooms and other Zoom functions will be available for use.
- Please join Zoom link 10-15 minutes prior to session time.
Registration: 2021 conference registration will be available in late Spring 2021.
Interested in Sponsoring the Conference? Click here for more information. Sponsorship requests will be due Summer 2021.
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Other conference information is currently being updated and will be available on the main conference webpage (see left hand sidebar for specific conference components.)