Past Advancing Environmental Education Conferences


2021 Conference

Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors, presenters, and volunteers who joined us for in-person and virtual day for the 2021 Advancing EE Conference! The hybrid format allowed for virtual sessions, extended in-person workshop sessions, and numerous ways to connect and share EE content! 

In the interest of the health of our eeCommunity, we hosted a hybrid model this year. Tuesday, September 21st was fully virtual followed by two in-person days, September 24th & 25th, at Snow Mountain Ranch!

Download the Conference Booklet

21st Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference (hybrid) by Nicole Bickford


Our virtual conference allowed for innovation, recorded sessions (so you can attend ALL of them instead of being forced to choose between offerings), a tremendous amount of EE learning, connection, and most importantly- the safety of all our members! 

Our Conference Planning Team has been hard at work designing innovative ways to help environmental and outdoor learning professionals learn and connect. 

Learn About Colorado's Advancing Environmental Education Conference

Colorado’s Advancing Environmental Education Conference is annually hosted by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), a statewide leader in environmental education since 1989. CAEE facilitates communication, coordination, resource sharing and professional development to advance environmental education among over 850 members across the state among various sectors. CAEE also advocates for increased access to environmental learning opportunities for all Colorado residents in order to increase environmental literacy in Colorado. 

About the 2021 Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference:

  • To honor 20 years of the Advancing EE Conference (initially the Teaching Outside the Box Conference), CAEE returned to Snow Mountain Ranch! Mark your calendar and keep checking back for updates for this special conference! Have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

  • During the virtual conference day, participants will take part in informative and interactive sessions, breakout rooms, and opportunities to connect, virtually, with other conference attendees.

  • Over the course of both conference days, participants will enjoy inspiring and engaging keynote/panel speakers, concurrent breakout sessions, discussions, and collaboration/networking opportunities.  

  • The Advancing Environmental Education Conference is for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels to come together and learn and network with one another, including environmental educators, school teachers/administrators, interpreters, higher education professors/students/administrators, youth group leaders, scientists, program managers, volunteers, nonprofit professionals, community leaders, consultants and anyone who supports and wants to learn more about environmental education.

  • Learn more about the Theme and Strands: Session presentation formats will include traditional presentations, hands-on, workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, and lightning presentations that are intended for different knowledge and experience levels. Session tracks are based on the conference theme of regeneration, research and collaborations.  

Become a CAEE Member & Save on Conference Registration

Become a CAEE member and save on registration fees.  Organizational members receive one free conference registration with their membership. Click here to read more about CAEE membership. Please sign up and pay for your membership prior to registering for the conference. 

  • If you are not sure if your membership is current, check by logging into CAEE's website with your username/password from here:
  • If you have forgotten your password - please try to use the email you most likely have in CAEE's database in order to not create a duplicate profile:
  • If you are unable to access your account after trying the above, email [email protected]

Conference Policies, Registration Changes & Cancellation

Changes to Registration: If you need to change your registration, please email [email protected] or call 303-273-9527.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, our cancellation policy is that if cancellation is prior to August 24th registrants can be refunded, however, is subject to a $50 fee. If cancellation occurs after August 24th, your registration can be transferred to another person, but cannot be refunded.

If you have to cancel, please submit your request in writing via email to [email protected]  Refunds will not be processed until after the conference.

The conference will be held rain or shine.

2020 Conference


Registered Attendees can Access Content and Recordings Here

Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors, presenters, and volunteers who joined us—virtually!—for the annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference! The virtual format allowed for expanded creativity, recorded sessions (that you can attend or re-attend all year long), and a tremendous amount of EE information and fun! 

Building from our Spring Virtual Conference and thinking about the shifts we are navigating due to COVID-19, we continued this year's theme of "reGeneration: Inspiring all generations to build resilient, healthy communities through collaborative actions."


20th Annual (Virtual) Advancing Environmental Education Conference by Katie Navin