At this year’s annual conference we will be celebrating 44 years of excellence in environmental education. While environmental education may look a little different in 2020, our role as educators is more vital than ever. This year’s conference attendees will enjoy recorded sessions that can be watched anytime; opportunities to incorporate creative technology into sessions; reduced registration costs; virtual meetups for special interest groups; regional outdoor activities tied to conference themes; a virtual happy hour; and more.
This year's theme is "Community Engagement: Building Sustainable Communities through the Power of Environmental Education."
Pre-Conference Learning and Networking
Thursday, Sept. 17
Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence
Virtual Workshop | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Presenter: Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez
Get trained on NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement! This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations. The workshop will be interactive and will require some homework beforehand so that everyone can participate fully. Join us to learn how we can all do more to better our communities through EE!
Cost: $10. Ticket purchase is required during conference registration.
Thursday, September 17
Afternoon - Exact Times and Locations TBA
Masks and Physical Distancing Required
One of the greatest things about our conference is the people. Getting to see old friends and colleagues--it’s an invaluable aspect of the KAEE conference experience. While our options are limited, we are hoping to host small, outdoor gatherings/experiences at five locations across the state on Thursday afternoon, September 17. You are invited to sign up for the regional meet-up nearest (or most of interest to) you. We plan these knowing that our ability to host them will be determined by COVID-19 recommendations and requirements concerning group sizes and activities. There is no additional cost for these events, and we will reach out to registrants soon with additional details about the meet-ups.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary | Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest | Lilley Cornett Woods | Hidden River Cave | Land Between the Lakes
Friday, September 18
9:00 am - 9:45 am: Conference Welcome & Update
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Virtual Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch (Take a nature break!)
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm: Exhibitor Spotlight
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Keynote Address
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Virtual Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Virtual Happy Hour (BYOBeverage)
Saturday, September 19
8:00 am - 8:30 am: Virtual Yoga
8:30 am - 11:30 am: Virtual Concurrent Sessions
11:45 pm - 12:30 pm: Plenary Session
12:30 pm: Conference Closing Credits
Full Conference Standard Rate: $90*
Full Conference Early Bird Rate: $75* (Register by Aug 31)
Full Conference Student Rate: $35
Full Conference Student Member Rate: $25
*Members at the general individual level receive a 20% discount!
Green Leaf Organizational Members receive one free conference registration and the 20% member discount rate for two additional team members.
Silver Leaf Organizational Members receive two free conference registrations and the 20% member discount for all additional team members.
Learn more about membership here!
In an effort to make the conference as accessible as possible this year, we are offering scholarships to all attendees who need financial assistance in order to attend. If the registration fee is cost-prohibitive, please fill out our scholarship form and indicate the amount of scholarship you will need in order to be able to participate. We will follow up with a coupon code, no questions asked. Apply for a conference scholarship here.