Heartland Regional Conference

Kalamazoo, MI • March 18-20, 2016

 Pretty Lake Adventure Centre

AEE Heartland Regional Conference
The AEE Heartland Regional Annual Conference is an opportunity to bring a wide scope of experiential education practitioners, students, and professionals in our region under one roof to learn from one another. Our goal is to foster networking, professional and academic relationships between participants, and offer a full slate of relevant workshops and presentations for your professional development.

Pretty Lake Camp in Mattawan, Michigan will be hosting this year’s conference during its 100th year of providing a cost-free summer camp for youth most likely to benefit from the free opportunity. Pretty Lake’s mission is to empower people by providing unique outdoor experiences and adventure education that change lives and improve the community, and we are excited to host an event that will bring together likeminded advocates.

This year’s Heartland Conference will focus on the history of Adventure Education in the Midwest region. We sincerely seek the attendance and input from those who have been practicing Adventure Education, Guiding, Adventure Therapy, or Experience Based Training in our region, as well as attendance from those who are new to the field, looking to grow. 

Conference updates and photos depicting the History of Adventure Education in the Midwest are already appearing on the AEE Heartland Facebook page.

Please email us copies of photos from your career and your facility that will help tell the story of Adventure Education in the Midwest.

Email photos tojay@prettylakecamp.org.

Call for Proposals
Interested in presenting a workshop at the Heartland Regional Conference? Submit a proposal! All proposals due by Monday, February 8, 2016.

Registration Information 
All registrations include 5 meals. 

AEE Member early bird special (before Jan 30, 2016) $120.00
AEE Member, after Jan 30, 2016 $140.00
AEE Member Presenter fee  $80.00
Non- Member early bird special (before Jan 30, 2016) $150.00
Non- Member, after Jan 30, 2016 $170.00
Non Member Presenter fee $100.00
Volunteer fee $85.00
Convening Committee $75.00
One Day Registration $95.00
Youth Leadership Summit
Friday, March 18, 9am-3pm
3rd Annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS): “Fostering Resilience and Grit in Today’s World”

Full day Preconference Workshop at the Heartland Regional AEE Conference, Pretty Lake Camp

Past Youth Leadership Summits have looked at best practices, assumptions and challenges, lessons from the frontiers of brain science and related topics. This year, we will build on the energy from those discussions and focus on a topic that is being discussed a great deal in education circles these days.

With that in mind, this year’s summit will bring a range of voices together to look at programming and approaches that relate to fostering Resilience and Grit in Youth. The workshop itself will be a mix of panel discussions, presentations by practitioners, open space break-out discussions and other activities. As usual, parts of the direction for the day will be driven by the needs and interests of the attendees.  We promise a lively discussion, lots of relevant information… and a good time.

Sponsored by Camp Manito-wish YMCA with advisory support from Karen Christopherson -Sherman Lake YMCA, Kris Henker  - Peerspective, Brandt Christopherson – Peerspective, Dan Creely – Northern Illinois University (ret.), Carla Hacker – UW LaCrosse, Educators Institute and the Heartland Regional AEE Conference at Pretty Lake Camp,Mattawan, MI

Registration for Youth Leadership Summit
Including Housing $75.00
No housing $50.00

If coming from out of town, attendees may stay at Pretty Lake facilities Thursday evening. Please note, if you are registered for both the Youth Summit and the AEE Conference you will be placed in the housing option of your choice. If you are registered for only the Youth Summit you will be placed in the heated cabins.

All Youth Summit registrations include a continental breakfast and lunch. Please Register by March 1st

Housing Options
Our four rustic yurts have no heat, electricity or water at site. Outhouses are a short walk from the yurts. We have 2 small yurts (up to 5 people each) and 2 large yurts (up to 10 people each) available. Yurts are up to a mile walk to the conference buildings. $10 per person

Heated Cabins
Barrick-style cabins sleep 20 on bunkbeds.  These cabins are heated, and provide both showers and bathroom, but little other privacy. $25 per person

Retreat Centre
We have 10 rooms in our Retreat center, each with 4 beds (2 bunks). This building is heated, and has showers and bathrooms dorm style. Perfect for a small group traveling together. The common area will be utilized as a presentation space during the Conference, but can be used as a lounge in the evenings. $32.00 per person

Please list any other attendees with whom you would like to share a room, cabin or yurt. You can check out our accommodations by clicking here.

Local Hotels
Special rates available at the following hotels, when booking mention you are with AEE.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kalamazoo
5597 S 9th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

TownePlace Suite Kalamazoo
5683 S 9th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo-Oshtemo
5059 S 9th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West
6420 Cracker Barrel Blvd
Oshtemo Township, MI 49009

Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites
2575 S 11th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009