Research Symposium

Register for the Conference

Register for the Research Symposium

15th Annual Research Symposium 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018—Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NAAEE’s annual Research Symposium brings together new and experienced researchers from around the globe to explore the current state and future directions of environmental education research and advance the use of practices proven to be effective. The symposium facilitates discussion about research in progress, fosters dialog about research-community partnerships, and provides opportunities for emerging as well as seasoned researchers to develop and expand their research skills. 


The keynote events and concurrent sessions of the 2018 Research Symposium are organized around three themes:

  1. New Horizons in EE Research: Explore ideas and challenge of the age that might inspire and drive the next generation of EE research. 
  2. Intergenerational Conversations: Focus on new opportunities and challenge for researchers, research, and the Research Symposium, using an intergenerational conversation format. 
  3. Stories from Research: Discuss works in progress, the stories behind research, and how what we have learned might guide or prepare us for future research.

In addition, there will be opportunities to meet with colleagues and mentors to discuss publishing and career advice, issues and concerns in the world of research, next steps for the Research Symposium, and how to hack #enviroed, among other topics. 

The Symposium include the Research Symposium and Awards Reception on Tuesday, and the Graduate Student & Early Career breakfast on Wednesday. 

Research Symposium Awards Reception

Date and Time: 

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:47pm

EE Research Field Session: Place Matters in EE Research

Date and Time: 

Monday, October 8, 2018, 2:00pm to 5:00pm


$22 - Must be registered for the Research Symposium to sign up for the workshop,

Meander along an ADA accessible trail following the Spokane River while you creatively and critically consider the significance of “place” in EE research. Asking, “How does place matter for how we do our research?” the group will move along the river, stopping to learn from local researchers, practitioners, and community members grappling with the intense complexities of place. Participants will consider how place matters in a diversity of EE research and, through a facilitated culminating activity, how place matters in your own research context.

Hand pouring champagne into flute
Hand pouring champagne into flute

Research Dinner

Date and Time: 

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:30pm



Join the Research Symposium Chairs, featured panelists, and many other colleagues and mentors for a casual evening of food, fun, and conversation focused on EE research at the Saranac Public House. This optional event is open only to Symposium participants; separate registration required. Register early; space is limited.