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Welcome to the 2022 Advancing EE Conference!
Power of Connection: Growing the EEcosystem

We are so excited to welcome you to the Virtual Advancing Environmental Education Conference! We invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities to explore research, elevate practices and spark collaborations at the conference!

*Please note - Sessions, presenters and scheduled times may be subject to change.


Please contact Brianna Shriner, CAEE Program and Event Coordinator at info@caee.org with any additional questions. 

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Tuesday, September 6
 

11:00am MDT

Equitable Engagement of Youth in Environmental Education
Participants will hear about the youth climate and environmental  education movement in the state of Maine, including lessons learned from a youth organizer engaging students at the  intersection of EE and civic engagement. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the ways they  can apply equity to their programs in order to better engage youth in environmental education efforts.  

Speakers
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Amara Ifeji

Director of Youth Engagement and Policy, Maine Environmental Education Association


Tuesday September 6, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:30pm MDT

Restoration Ecology and Reparative Justice
Social Permaculture is the practice of applying ecological patterns and principles to social systems. In it’s depth it re-homes humans AS the natural world repositioning environmental
education as a fulfilling pathway towards a beloved re-indigenized future. In this session we will examine the
principals of restoration ecology to understand processes of cultural and social remediation and the continuing
significance of reparative justice movements like reparations for slavery to the growth and integration of the
environmental movement.

Speakers
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Asia Dorsey

Organizational Ecologist, Regenerate Change


Tuesday September 6, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, September 7
 

10:00am MDT

Reclaiming Connectedness: How to Overcome Burnout, Demoralization, and Exploitation
Informal environmental educators are some of the best people you'll ever meet. Unfortunately, the very same qualities that support that claim also leave many informal educators vulnerable to burnout, demoralization, and exploitation. There's good news, however; the work that you love doesn't  have to hurt you. By learning about the causes, symptoms, and differences between burnout, demoralization, and  exploitation, informal educators can empower themselves to embody healthier, more fulfilling relationship to their  work. What's more, when this framework is used to understand formal teacher collaborators, it can support building  effective partnerships more easily and enduringly. 

Speakers
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Jess Cleeves

Educator, Learning Humans


Wednesday September 7, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual
 
Friday, September 9
 

8:00am MDT

Check-in and Registration
You will check in with Snow Mountain to receive your meal pass and your lodging.  Check in with CAEE to receive all your conference materials.  Details on where to go coming soon!

Friday September 9, 2022 8:00am - 10:00am MDT
Rowley

10:00am MDT

Opening Session: Power of Connection: Growing the EEcosystem!
Connection is a critical part of our work in environmental education.  We are deeply committed to connecting people to the environments where they live.  We look for the interconnectedness of human and natural systems.  The connections that we have to each other help us learn, innovate, and ensure all Coloradans have opportunities to learn about the environments where they live.  Who do we need to connect with to grow our EEcosystem?  What practices and connections can we make to ensure that every Coloradan can engage in outdoor and environmental learning every day? Join us to connect with your peers and explore new possibilities in environmental education.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications


Friday September 9, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Rowley

11:30am MDT

Lunch
Friday September 9, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm MDT
Schlessman Commons

1:30pm MDT

Fostering connections to cultivate the next generations of stewards for our land
What is a forest? Why do forests matter? How do we sustain our forests? What is our responsibility to forests? Join Project Learning Tree in this interactive session, connecting with fellow educators gaining tools and activities to help learners move from awareness to action, caring for our land.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ardrey

Danielle Ardrey

Communications & Community Intern, Colorado State Forest Service
Project Learning Tree offers professional development trainings across Colorado in its award-winning environmental education program that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve... Read More →


Friday September 9, 2022 1:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Northstar 1 & 2

1:30pm MDT

Empowering Students to Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards through Civic Action
Join the force! HEART Force and Earth Force will share about the inspiring work Colorado students are doing to make their communities more resilient to wildfires, floods, and drought. We will present place-based science lessons on hazard risk and the Community Action and Problem Solving Process, highlighting student project successes.

Speakers
avatar for Katya Schloesser

Katya Schloesser

Curriculum Developer, CIRES, CU Boulder
I currently run a program called the Hazard Education, Awareness and Resilience Task Force (HEART Force), that empowers rural secondary students and teachers to take action to make their community more resilient to wildfire, flood, and drought. I primarily work in formal classroom... Read More →
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Taylor Ruffin

CO Program Manager, Earth Force


Friday September 9, 2022 1:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Acord

1:30pm MDT

Planning Innovative Staff Trainings
Do you ever feel intimidated by developing a staff training for your environmental education program for non-formal educators that come from all different backgrounds? This training goes through various tools and ideas to add to your staff training to make sure your staff are prepared to give high quality education to your local community.

Speakers
avatar for Sami Wolniakowski

Sami Wolniakowski

Environmental Education Director, YMCA of the Rockies


Friday September 9, 2022 1:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Telluride 1 & 2

1:30pm MDT

Education is a commons: Tensions of sustenance in our education settings
EcoJustice Education addresses ecological and social crisis along with re-invigorate the commons. The presentation reveals lessons from the historical commons for our current education arrangement. Multiple perspectives will foster dialogue and consideration of two questions: What sustains us? What power dynamics exist that are hostile to the commons?

Speakers
avatar for Mandi Leigh

Mandi Leigh

EdD Candidate/Garden Coordinator and Curriculum Developer, Garden to Table
When I was a child, I stole stamps from my parents to mail money (loose change) to the World Wildlife Federation. As an adult, I studied rare, endangered, and endemic species in southwest Colorado. I traveled through the ski industry, then field ecology, and after a turn of secondary... Read More →


Friday September 9, 2022 1:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Lower Caudill

4:00pm MDT

EE Open-Space Session
What are the eeTopics you need to discuss?  Do you have questions you would like to discuss with your peers?  Join us for our first eeOpen Space!  Participants will have the opportunity to create your own agenda by suggesting topics or questions that you would like to discuss.  Meet with peers sharing similar interests and dig into the topics most important to you.  

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications


Friday September 9, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Rowley

4:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Building Your Career in EE
Are you new to the field of environmental education with less than five years of experience? Do you have questions about how to build a long-term career in the EE field? Join us at this roundtable to converse with other new professionals about the challenges and opportunities in EE.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Eadens

Lisa Eadens

Program Coordinator, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education


Friday September 9, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Acord

4:00pm MDT

Roundtable: Staff and Volunteer Recruitment
Description coming soon!

Speakers
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Erin Dreps

eeCorps Program Coordinator, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education


Friday September 9, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Telluride 1 & 2

4:00pm MDT

Layers of Water Equity Across Colorado’s Diverse Landscapes
Engage in an exploration of the many layers of geophysical, social, and political pieces of Colorado’s water story alongside your own water story. We will share some of our learnings from facilitating the Who Gets to Tell the Story of Water? workshop and invite you to incorporate environmental justice into your programming. Bring your laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Climate Change Education Specialist, Wild Rose Education
Sarah R. Johnson is a landscape-based environmental educator. As a freelance science educator she is focused on climate change, public lands, watershed science, civics, and geography, and teaching and learning through her business, Wild Rose Education. She designs and facilitates... Read More →


Friday September 9, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Northstar 1 & 2

5:00pm MDT

Dinner
Friday September 9, 2022 5:00pm - 7:30pm MDT
Schlessman Commons

5:30pm MDT

Explore Rowley Homstead Site!
Meet at the front of the admin building and drive down to the Rowley Homstead Site. 

Speakers

Friday September 9, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT

5:30pm MDT

Explore Snow Mountain Ranch
Explore all that Snow Mountain Ranch has to offer!  Check out the activities that are available on this beautiful campus.  Stay tuned for more information on what will be available during our time together.

Friday September 9, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
TBA

7:30pm MDT

EE Networking and Happy Hour
Unwind and kick back with a drink and light snacks and catch up with everyone after a full day of great sessions. Decompress after a full day either with other attendees or on your own. Join in a fun board game, share conversation around the firepit and enjoy the space Snow Mountain Ranch offers!  Throughout the evening, we will be celebrating CAEE's EEcosystem of members, volunteers, and committee members who are helping to advance EE in Colorado!

Friday September 9, 2022 7:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
Rowley
 
Saturday, September 10
 

7:00am MDT

Morning Yoga
Come join yoga instructor Danielle Ardrey for a nature inspired yoga class. This will be a fun chance to stretch, move, and meet new people. Doing yoga can help reduce stress, increase focus, and revitalize the senses. Hope to see you there-all experience levels welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ardrey

Danielle Ardrey

Communications & Community Intern, Colorado State Forest Service
Project Learning Tree offers professional development trainings across Colorado in its award-winning environmental education program that uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 7:00am - 8:00am MDT
Acord

7:00am MDT

Breakfast
Saturday September 10, 2022 7:00am - 9:00am MDT
Schlessman Commons

9:00am MDT

Certification 101: You can Become a Certified Environmental Educator
Whether you are new to the EE field or have years of experience, the EE Certification Program through CAEE can help you grow as an environmental educator and develop your professional credentials. Come find out more about the program and how you can get started.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications


Saturday September 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Telluride 1 & 2

9:00am MDT

Public Lands in the United States: A More Inclusive Perspective
Now more than ever, people are accessing America's public lands and wilderness areas to provide impactful outdoor recreation and education experiences. In order to connect more deeply with place, you will engage with The Wilderness Society and Avarna Group curriculum that is more upfront about the injustices and inequities of the public lands movement, historically and today during this session.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Climate Change Education Specialist, Wild Rose Education
Sarah R. Johnson is a landscape-based environmental educator. As a freelance science educator she is focused on climate change, public lands, watershed science, civics, and geography, and teaching and learning through her business, Wild Rose Education. She designs and facilitates... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Northstar 1 & 2

9:00am MDT

By Youth for Youth: Creating Pathways to Environmental Careers
How can we raise youth awareness about the variety of opportunities to build an environmental career? Ask young people! Explore how youth voice was centered in the development of a new website for teens to explore environmental careers and discuss opportunities to connect with youth through the new resource.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Eadens

Lisa Eadens

Program Coordinator, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education


Saturday September 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Just

9:00am MDT

What Makes a Successful Youth Development Program? Looking at Mission, Strategies and Outcomes for Three Local Programs.
Explore how different area organizations are approaching youth development. We'll look at their original mission, how they got started, lessons learned and success stories. Afterwards, we'll work through the steps of thinking through how to establish a program for your organization. Goals, barriers, and identifying stakeholders will be covered.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Bell

Kirsten Bell

Curriculum Specialist, Independent Contractor


Saturday September 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Acord

10:30am MDT

Let's Get Messy and Take a Close Look! Engaging Kids With Nature Through Observation and Inquiry
Engaging in a hands-on nature activity making native seed balls to disperse in gardens and neglected open spaces, lets apply guided/open inquiry strategies by generating exploratory questions and practicing observation skills during this fun, historic and conservation-based activity to help restore the natural flora of our local ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Saragoussi Phillips

Vicki Saragoussi Phillips

Environmental Outdoor Educator, vrickiph@msn.com
I am a licensed teacher with over 35 years experience in the K-12 classroom, independent outdoor therapeutic and environmental exploratory programs and was most recently an environmental educator at Denver Botanic Gardens. Currently engaged in projects in outdoor community education... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Lower Caudill

10:30am MDT

Ready to Launch: Colorado’s Environmental Education Plan
How do we build a system where every PreK-12 student in Colorado has meaningful opportunities to engage in outdoor and environmental learning? What would advance your programming with PreK-12 schools? Join us to explore the newly revised Colorado Environmental Education Plan and how you can be involved in implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications


Saturday September 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Telluride 1 & 2

10:30am MDT

The Year of Water '22: Bringing Water Education to PK-12 Classrooms
Are you curious about how critical water topics are taught in Colorado schools? Join us as we review the results from a statewide assessment of Water Education Status and Opportunities in Colorado’s PK-12 Districts and Schools. We will provide resources and collaborate to identify ways to fill water education gaps.

Speakers
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Cailyn Andrews

Program Assistant, Water Education Colorado


Saturday September 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Just

10:30am MDT

Environmental education in Baikal region (Eastern Siberia) and role of indigenous peoples
Speakers
avatar for Irina Aiurzanaeva

Irina Aiurzanaeva

Environmental education specialist, "Zapovednoye Podlemorye" Protected area
Irina is, a national park and environmental education professional with the Siberian Association of Interpretation near Lake Baikal in Siberia will be visiting Carbondale, Colorado through the Independent Professional (INP) Fellowship at the Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Soc... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Rowley

10:30am MDT

Glasgow COP26, Arctic Sea Ice, and the Living School
Integrate climate change education advocacy, Arctic observations, and contemplative action through the art of seeing, noticing, and telling about it. Sarah will share how she is integrating her UNFCCC COP26 experience, doing Arctic sea ice science, and CAC Living School learning into creating a future that includes every thing.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Climate Change Education Specialist, Wild Rose Education
Sarah R. Johnson is a landscape-based environmental educator. As a freelance science educator she is focused on climate change, public lands, watershed science, civics, and geography, and teaching and learning through her business, Wild Rose Education. She designs and facilitates... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Northstar 1 & 2

11:30am MDT

Lunch
Saturday September 10, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm MDT
Schlessman Commons

1:00pm MDT

Get in the Creek: How to Do Macroinvertebrate Fieldwork
Colorado’s streams hold an amazing world of critters – aquatic macroinvertebrates. We’ll model an in-stream fieldwork, with live organisms, waders, and kick-nets. You’ll leave with data sheets, lesson plans, tips for low-cost specimen preservation, and a “Make Your Own Watershed-specific Macro Poster” template and 46 copyright-free clip art images.

Speakers

Saturday September 10, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Acord

1:00pm MDT

Envisioning a Native Plant Curriculum for PK-12 students
The Colorado Native Plant Society is dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy. In this session, we will describe our social and educational gatherings, legislative work, and research initiatives. We will present our program expansions for 2022 and beyond, including increased native plant gardening education and PK-12 standards-based curricula.

Speakers

Saturday September 10, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Lower Caudill

1:00pm MDT

Ute Knowledge: Colorado's Original Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
For centuries, the Ute people have thrived in the diverse ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains. In this session,.we’ll explore activities showing how generations of Ute people used STEM knowledge and skills to engineer shelters, find food and create artwork.

Speakers
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Liz Cook

Environmental Educator, History Colorado
avatar for Carly Jones

Carly Jones

Ute STEM K-12 Education Coordinator, History Colorado
Carly Jones is the Education Coordinator for History Colorado's Ute STEM Project. Carly brings experience in experiential education, curriculum design, and classroom teaching to her museum and community. She has developed, coordinated, and taught history-based programs throughout... Read More →


Saturday September 10, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Telluride 1 & 2

1:00pm MDT

Activities to Encourage Green Jobs for All
Do you find yourself stuck when trying to find lessons and tools to encourage and prepare students for jobs in Green Careers, and advance their environmental literacy? This session will go over current research done at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center Residential Outdoor Education Program on lessons that engage students to discover and learn how to do Green Careers.

Speakers
avatar for Sami Wolniakowski

Sami Wolniakowski

Environmental Education Director, YMCA of the Rockies


Saturday September 10, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Northstar 1 & 2

3:30pm MDT

Closing Session
Environmental education is a powerful strategy for advancing conservation, high-quality education, positive youth development, health and wellness and social justice.   Together we will reflect on the ways that we can make small shifts in our own practice as well as work together to change systems to make sure environmental and outdoor learning is part of every Coloradans day!  Check out a word cloud of our EEcosystems!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications



Saturday September 10, 2022 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
Rowley
 
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