Elizabethtown, Ky., July 18, 2023 – Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Environmental Education Conference hosted by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE), set for Sept. 13 through 15 at the Cave Area Conference Center in Cave City.
Now in its 47th year, the conference will include a variety of informational sessions, roundtables and workshops led by experts and leaders in environmental education, covering topics including equity and inclusion, education in practice, community engagement and capacity building. Some of the many conference event topics include “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Environmental Educators: From Awareness to Action,” “Enriching Your EE Programming with a Walk Through the Arts” and “Climate Change: Educating the Public on Mitigation, Adaptation and Practices Adoption.”
In addition, the conference will also include networking opportunities, entertainment events and off-site activities for attendees to explore Cave City’s natural attractions and experiences.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Exploring New Depths in EE: Enrichment, Collaboration & Partnership.”
“Our theme for this year underscores our commitment to fostering a rich and collaborative environment for educators of all disciplines throughout the commonwealth and beyond to come together for the purpose of promoting environmental education,” said Ashley Hoffman, Executive Director of KAEE. “From K-12 teachers to state agency personnel, university professors to camp counselors, this conference is a gathering ground for anyone passionate about environmental education.”
As a tribute to the remarkable accomplishments made by Kentucky-based individuals, organizations, community initiatives, schools and businesses in the realm of environmental education, the conference will also feature the annual Excellence in EE Awards presentation. The event will recognize six recipients who exemplify dedication, commitment and influence in the field of environmental education, and will feature a roundtable discussion with the recipients.
“This conference seeks to educate, inspire and energize this region’s exceptional network of environmental educators,” Hoffman said. “With a large variety of engaging activities, it is a major undertaking that would not be possible without the efforts of our staff, board members, presenters and sponsors.”
For more information about the 2023 Environmental Education Conference, including the full schedule and how to register, visit www.kaee.org/conference.
About the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education: Since 1976, the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) has been at the forefront of environmental education in Kentucky, promoting and advocating for environmental education at the national and state levels. KAEE's membership includes individuals from diverse backgrounds, including teachers, administrators, government and agency personnel, business and industry representatives, and private citizens. In 2022, KAEE reached 1,268 educators and impacted over 31,000 students through its programs, events, workshops, webinars, and other educational offerings.