Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
March 2nd, 2018 to March 3rd, 2018
Denver, CO

About the Annual Colorado’s Advancing Environmental Education Conference:

  • This year marks the 18th year of CAEE’s environmental education conference in Colorado, formerly Teaching OUTSIDE the Box.  In 2018, the conference will bring exciting new opportunities and formats to foster learning, discussion and collaborations around new ideas, trends, and practices that advance environmental education. 
  • 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 annual Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education will be held in conjunction with the conference. Click here to learn more about the event. 
  • The conference will be Friday, March 2-Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Auraria Campus in Denver. CAEE is excited to be partnering with the University of Colorado, Denver-Department of Geography and Environmental Science.
  • 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.

Conference Sessions: 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 research, practices and collaborations.  

Session Strands and Example Topics:

  • Investigating Environmental and Water Challenges and Opportunities (water, fire, flooding, climate change, energy, pollution, overpopulation, etc. The Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Education Network will help curate and promote water-related sessions.)

  • Connecting People with Nature (EE programs/practices, hands-on learning, citizen science, stewardship, sustainability, arts, technology, winter EE, wildlife, place-based education, early childhood EE, food/agriculture, behavior change, lifelong learning, urban/rural community approaches etc.)

  • EE with Formal Education (environmental education/literacy incorporated into pre-service teacher curriculum and PreK-12 and Higher Education, including 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.)

  • Cultivating Environmental Leaders (youth engagement, leadership and professional development (youth/adults), moving forward EE career paths, etc.)

  • Inclusive Environmental Education (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.)

  • Developing Capacity & Collaborations (organizational infrastructure, management, fundraising, evaluation, advocacy, messaging/marketing, volunteers, community outreach, developing and expanding alliances, collaborations, networks, etc.)

  • Innovation in EE (innovative ideas, pushing boundaries, breaking barriers, finding new ground)


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