2018 Conference: Spokane, Washington

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to Saturday, October 13, 2018

EE: A Force for the Future

Research Symposium: October 9–10
Conference: October 10–13

Pre-Conference Field Trips and Workshops: October 10

Conference Venue

Spokane Convention Center 
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd. 
Spokane, WA 99201

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Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy

Strategies for building leadership and infrastructure to further EE on the state and provincial levels, and for advancing efforts to motivate the public to take informed actions on environmental and other civic issues

Sessions appropriate to this strand provide training in such areas as:

  • Diversifying and strengthening the field of EE   
  • Strengthening organizations that deliver and coordinate EE, especially on the local, state, and regional levels
  • Cultivating and supporting leadership in EE
  • Providing career pathways that promote diverse EE workforces, including trade skills for green careers and opportunities in community colleges
  • Building our capacity to deliver effective, relevant environmental education for and with diverse audiences
  • Setting, achieving, and maintaining professional standards of excellence

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Connecting with Nature

Cultivating partnerships and providing universally accessible outdoor education experiences that connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Early childhood environmental education and nature preschools
  • Creating and using parks and other green learning spaces in urban, suburban, and rural areas  
  • Overcoming challenges associated with getting students and young children outside
  • Outdoor programs that promote physical or spiritual health and wellness
  • Developing outdoor programs that are inclusive and relevant to all audiences and provide equitable access for all
  • Outdoor programs that build a sense of place and cultural relevancy in urban, suburban, and rural communities

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Conservation and Environmental Education

Achieving conservation goals through education, communication, social marketing, and ecotourism strategies, including public participation in scientific research (PPSR) and place-based community action

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Integrating education strategies into the broader practice of conservation
  • Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the conservation movement
  • Current research and case studies on behavior change as it relates to conservation education
  • Successful tools, approaches, and educator preparation for bringing PPSR (citizen science) into the classroom or community improvement projects
  • Successful collaborations between conservation educators and practitioners in all settings, from rural to suburban to urban, as well as wild spaces, public lands, and beyond
  • Education strategies for addressing specific issues such as climate change, energy, water, biodiversity, ocean conservation, and food systems

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Educating for Sustainable Communities

Creating sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities through partnership building, informed civic engagement and personal decision making, systems thinking, connecting community and environment, and understanding historical impacts on communities of color

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • The role of environmental education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Achieving environmental integrity, social equity, environmental justice, and economic prosperity through education and authentic engagement of historically underrepresented communities
  • Incorporating culturally rooted practices into our work and understanding how people from different backgrounds relate to, engage with, and care about the environment in urban, suburban, and rural communities
  • Grassroots partnerships for community improvement; characteristics of successful community action projects
  • Strategies, tools, and training for addressing controversial issues and finding common ground
  • Education and engagement to build more resilient communities and address climate change

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Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning

Using environmental education to transform education, enhance student achievement, preparing students for green careers, conserve resources, support national and international education trends, link schools and communities, and build support for environmental education in formal education.  

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Green Schools as a pathway to service learning, student leadership, civic engagement, outdoor learning, and other effective education practices
  • Exemplary initiatives for greening the campus and the curriculum, including school learning gardens and landscapes, facilities management practices, district and administrative commitments, and student involvement
  • Advancing the Green Schools movement worldwide, including Green Ribbon and other recognition programs
  • Promoting interdisciplinary instruction
  • Integrating EE into preservice teacher preparation and inservice professional development

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Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact

Using research to inform how we design, develop, refine, and promote environmental education programs for maximum effectiveness, and using practice to inform research

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Cutting-edge research that is important and relevant to all environmental educators
  • Connecting research and practice: applying what we know to what we do
  • Strategies for evaluating and improving environmental education programs
  • Using research results to influence decision makers and demonstrate the value of EE
  • Developing shared outcomes that allow us to better measure our collective impact
  • Research and case studies about the benefits and challenges of learning and teaching in outdoor settings and in a culturally relevant context

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Affiliates' Dinner

Date and Time: 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Price: 

$37

Join Affiliate leaders for a networking dinner at Luigi's Itallian Restaurant, within easy walking distance of the Spokane Convention Center. The Italian buffet includes a choice of three entrees, salad, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately. Price includes tax and tip.
New this year: Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
No cancellations or refunds after September 25.

Man and woman reading program

Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$15

Equity, diversity, and inclusion work is a rewarding, iterative process that includes building awareness, gathering information, developing visions, planning, and action. This workshop offers a safer space for deep learning, honest exploration, open dialogue, and exploration of dimensions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our lives, our relationships, and our work. This workshop is partially supported by ee360.

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Building Equitable Partnerships with Underserved Communities to Implement Environmental Education

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$55

Through humor, the arts, and storytelling we will explore the role of partnerships in the implementation of equitable environmental education projects in underserved communities. Based on community-based participatory research by communities historically excluded from the sciences this workshop will uncover barriers and opportunities for achieving real impact in practice.

Green leaf floating in water with droplets of water at stem

Diving Into Water Issues: Create Your Own Deliberation Guide

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$75

Use the new Environmental Issues Forums publication, Let’s Talk About Water, to create your own issue guide for public or classroom deliberation. You’ll also learn how to apply this “issue framing” process to other problems, and use Let's Talk About Water as an educational tool.

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Environmental Ethics as Everyday Action

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$35

Environmental ethics is a process requiring ongoing attention, and such values-deliberations should be part of environmental education leadership. Together in this session, participants will engage in pedagogical dialogue and activities focusing on ethical aspects of people with environment relations, with the aim of fostering sustainable communities and developing global citizens.

NAAEE Affiliate Leaders at NAAEE2016

NAAEE Affiliates' Workshop

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$48 - For Affiliate Staff and Board Members/Leaders

Join other leaders of NAAEE's affiliates—the 56 state, regional, and provincial associations that support EE professionals and organizations throughout North America. Focusing on building capacity, sharing successful practices, and learning innovative strategies, the workshop will help affiliates' staff and board members raise their impact on EE in their state and region.

Refuge Explorations

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Cheney

Price: 

$65

The Channeled Scablands—Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge's predominate ecosystem—are called one of the seven wonders of Washington state. Join refuge staff on a hike exploring this unique wetlands habitat, which is home to more than 200 bird species. You'll also participate in a hands-on aquatic macroinvertebrate investigation and learn about the refuge's educational programs.

Spokane House Interpretive Center - photo by Mark Wagner

Ridges to Rivers: Extremes of the Pacific Northwest

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Mt. Spokane State Park, Mead and Riverside State Park, Spokane

Price: 

$115

Experience Washington's rich cultural and natural history in the state's two largest state parks. Start with a guided hike along the heavily forested trails of Mount Spokane and end the day with a visit to the Spokane House Interpretive Center in Riverside State Park. Learn the story of Eastern Washington's early fur trade and the changes it brought to the lives of the Spokane-area Native Americans.

Spokane Riverside by Boat and Boot

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Spokane River and Riverside State Park, Spokane

Price: 

$140

Start your day on the water, floating down the spectacular Spokane River from Spokane Falls into Washington's second-largest state park, Riverside State Park, with Spokane's Riverkeeper, Jerry White. Then, for a different perspective, strap on your boots and hike along some of the most beautiful and dramatic sections of the river with naturalist/author Jack Nisbet.

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Teaching Instructors to Use Evidence and Explorations

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$35

When outdoor science is taught as discovering mysteries around us, and attempting to explain them, it ignites curiosity about interacting with nature. We’ll model how to teach instructors to lead inquiry outdoors, to evaluate strength of evidence and how teaching language of science can contribute to social justice.

Teacher showing 3 young children plant inside glass jar

The GLOBE Program and Eco-Schools: Intersections in Science and Sustainability

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$60

Hear from a local school who is driving school sustainability by doing science through The GLOBE Program. Learn about GLOBE science and Eco-Schools at this interactive presentation. Conduct a GLOBE field investigation using the Eco-Schools Watersheds audit and develop an action plan to engage the entire school community.

The Road to NAAEE Higher Education Accreditation: A Map for Success

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$48

This workshop provides critical information for universities interested in becoming a NAAEE Distinguished College and University Program. It includes in-depth review of standards, strategies for incorporating them into curriculum, sample assessments and models with faculty members who have completed applications. Participants should bring laptops and documents to begin the process. This workshop is partially supported by ee360.

Climate Change Community-Level Solutions: Moving from "Me" to "We"

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$35

Join the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation as we demonstrate how to dive into the most important part of the climate change discussion—solutions! Learn research-based techniques that move concerned citizens from individual actions to community-level solutions that help us solve climate change together.

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Designing for Change: Connecting EE Research and Practice

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$15

We use design-thinking approaches to explore avenues for connecting EE research and practice. The workshop emphasizes action and implementation by working directly with participants' programs and providing a suite of take-home tools. It also includes a train-the-trainer element for those interested in coaching others to integrate research into their EE programming. This workshop is partially supported by ee360.

Young woman thinking

Integrating Civic Action into EE: The Earth Force Process

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$30

Join Earth Force to learn practical steps to easily incorporate student-led civic action into your organization’s environmental education programming. This workshop provides hands-on training in Earth Force's Community Action & Problem-Solving Process, a six-step framework that combines the best of civic engagement, environmental education, and project-based learning. This workshop is partially supported by ee360.

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Moving the Field Forward: Equitable and Inclusive Workforce Development

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$35

The Outdoor Educators Institute was developed in 2012, to ensure that young adults from traditionally underrepresented communities had access to employment opportunities in environmental education. We will share our findings, explore challenges and successes, and discuss moving the environmental education field forward, through equitable and inclusive workforce development programs.

Using Citizen Science and Food Webs to Ask Ecological Questions

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Scientists in Panama are tracking jaguars and their prey using trail cameras in the tropical rainforest of Darién. Use free resources from HHMI BioInteractive to model how to use food webs, trail camera photos, and real data to make observation and ask testable scientific questions about the Darién ecosystem. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the session. This workshop is free due to the generous sponsorship of HHMI BioInteractive.

Authors' Corner

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35 for participating authors (sign up online with conference registration)

Authors can interact with conference attendees and promote, sign, and sell their publications in the Authors' Corner. This informal event occurs during the opening reception and is an opportunity to share your recent published works. Participants stop by for casual conversation about your work. Purchase your table by August 24 to be listed in the conference program.
$35 includes table and chairs, sign, and program listing.

Please note that, while sales are encouraged, the Authors' Corner is not generally a high-volume sales event. Authors must provide their own books and handle their own sales.

Opening Reception

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Meet new colleagues and greet returning ones as you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, along with the Share Fair, Authors' Corner, and more. Home state highlights this year include live raptors from the Spokane's own West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, and three Karelian Bear Dogs: Jax, Cash, and Indy, and their handlers, Keith Kirsch and Rich Beausoleil. Learn about Washington's unusual and highly successful program, which provides a nonlethal option for handling interactions between wildlife and humans. Immediately following the reception, the conference formally opens. Executive Director Judy Braus will welcome participants and introduce our extraordinary keynote speaker, Brady Walkinshaw.

Share Fair

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35 to host a table (sign up online with conference registration)

At the Share Fair, nonprofit organizations highlight their successful programs and inspiring ideas through tabletop displays, hands-on interaction, and engaging conversations. This event occurs during the opening reception and is an opportunity to share your work with conference attendees. Purchase your table by August 24 to be listed in the conference program.

$35 includes table and chairs, sign, and program listing.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Brady Walkinshaw is the CEO of the Seattle-based Grist media, the leading national environmental media organization. Brady is a former Washington State legislator, and served two terms representing central Seattle, championing housing, mental health, environmental, and criminal justice reforms.

Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Environmental Education

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:30am to 12:45pm

David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus, will moderate the Thursday Keynote panel on the connections between democracy, civic engagement, and environmental education. This fascinating panel will include noted author and New York Times Columnist Timothy Egan, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the director of CIRCLE at TIsch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, and Janet Tran, the Director of Learning and Leadership for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation.

Exhibit Fair Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:45pm to 2:15pm

Price: 

Included with full conference or Thursday registration (guest tickets, $42)

Chat with exhibitors, review the Poster Presentations, find out what your state Affiliate is up to, bid on a prize auction item, and more—all during the Exhibit Fair luncheon.

Environmental Professionals of Color National Business Meeting

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:20pm to 4:00pm

The annual business meeting of the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) is open to all EPOC members and potential members. Participants will build community connections, discuss lessons learned, and identify potential priority areas for the next year. EPOC is a program of the Center for Diversity & the Environment.

HHMI BioInteractive Movie Night

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:45pm to 7:00pm

Price: 

Free

HHMI BioInteractive develops educational films capturing the essence of scientific thinking and the thrill of scientific discovery. Come enjoy some of HHMI's newest films highlighting ecology and conservation biology, and featuring the work of Dr. Manuel Leal, who studies the behavioral ecology of lizards in Puerto Rico. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, the screening, and a discussion session with special guests. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Beer glasses

Spokane Suds Stroll

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Price: 

$45

What better way to meet new colleagues than to spend your open evening networking over a few drinks? Join the Suds Stroll and visit three nearby Spokane nightspots to enjoy beer, cocktails, dinner, and great conversation. The venues were selected for their local flavor; some emphasize organic and locally sourced ingredients. Must be 21 or over. Price includes one drink per venue, hearty appetizers, and tax, and tip. All venues are within walking distance.

Friday Keynote - TBA

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 12, 2018, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Information on the speaker and topic for the Friday Keynote to come. Please stay tuned!

Annual Gala and Stapp Scholarship Auction

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

Marlin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Price: 

Included with full conference or Friday registration (guest tickets, $50)

Dust off your flapper duds and grab your party gear. Enter the Roaring ‘20s and ‘30s on Friday, October 12, when you swing into Spokane’s beautiful art deco Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Enjoy great food, a live performance by The Good Company, and our fun-filled auction.

Awards Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Price: 

Included with full conference or Saturday registration (guest tickets, $42)

The conference culminates with the annual awards ceremony and luncheon featuring the presentation of the Walter E. Jeske Award, NAAEE's highest honor, and an inspiring panel of young leaders selected from NAAEE's "30 under 30."

EE 30 Under 30 Honorees

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The conference culminates with our annual awards luncheon along with a panel of inspirational young leaders, selected from the 2018 EE 30 Under 30, at the forefront of environmental change.

Group kayaking

Urban Kayaks

Date and Time: 

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Spokane River: Upriver Dam to Downtown

Price: 

$65

As city sounds and bird songs serenade, you'll paddle single sit-on-top kayaks from the upriver dam to downtown Spokane. This 3½-mile paddle will take you past towering cottonwood trees, train trestles, and arched bridges—an amazing adventure through the heart of the city. This is mostly a flatwater paddle with two small rapids.

Group on horseback at river
Group on horseback at river

Riverside on Horseback

Date and Time: 

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 12:15pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Riverside State Park Equestrian Area, Spokane

Price: 

$65

Experience Riverside State Park the way it was viewed by early explorers: on horseback! This two-hour ride with True West will guide you through scenic trails at a leisurely pace that will allow you to enjoy expansive views as well as the native plants and animals of the park's Ponderosa pine forest and open steppe habitats.