Northeast Region 

Regional Conference Awards

AEE Northeast Regional Conference
April 20-22, 2018
Berkshire Outdoor Center
Becket, MA

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Keynote Speaker - Dan Minnich
Degree in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire, is a Certified Wilderness First Responder and an ACA Level II Kayak Instructor with an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement. Dan co-founded Waypoint Adventure in 2010 with his business partner after both were laid off. Waypoint’s mission is to challenge people with disabilities to discover their purpose talents and strengths through the transforming power of adventure. Waypoint has facilitated over 700 programs and included more than 8,000 participants on adventures. Waypoint serves people with a variety of disabilities including blindness, autism, developmental delays, paralysis, serious physical conditions, brain injuries, hearing impairments, Down Syndrome, mental illness and others. Waypoint partners with schools, social service agencies, hospitals and state agencies to provide programs as well as offering one-off and series programming to individuals from the general public. Since helping to start Waypoint, Dan says he has been fortunate to be able to participate in hundreds of around New England. While Waypoint leads rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing and backpacking trips, Dan’s favorite are Waypoint’s kayaking programs – especially on the ocean. Dan is married and has three kids and a dog. He loves spending time outside with his family and has recently taken up biking again.

Playnote - Nate Folan
Nate is curious; curious about people, our interactions, and the world we share. Along the way, he has learned how to play creatively after repeatedly saying, “I’m bored” and his parents consistently responding, “go outside and find something to do.” Nate learned about working hard through the restaurant his family owned and operated, then discovered his potential during formative years as a camp counselor.As a wilderness therapy guide with adjudicated/at-risk-youth, Nate learned to effectively collaborate with participants demonstrating disengaged and reluctant behaviors. He learned the art of listening from mentors who listened to his own struggles.Nate learned how to facilitate, live passionately, and be a loving human from many people who are attending this conference and during his time at Summit Achievement, Project Adventure, The Browne Center, and while writing The Hundredth Monkey. Through collaboration with clients and key partners, he has also learned that people play differently in different settings.Through success and failure, Nate recognizes that he has a lot to learn and each day is a new beginning. This journey has inspired Nate to become a versatile trainer, facilitator, author, and consultant. He is driven to enrich how we act, interact, and learn. As the owner of Nate Folan Consulting, he travels throughout the United States, and occasionally abroad, to deliver trainings and workshops that are personally and professionally fulfilling. Ultimately, he aspires to co-create spaces where people experiment with choices and outcomes. Nate lives on a small family farm in Southern New Hampshire with his wife and two young children.

Sponsorship, Exhibit & Advertising Opportunities
The AEE 2018 Northeast Regional Conference is the perfect opportunity to reach over 300 experiential educators, practitioners and students! Click here to view sponsorship, exhibit, and advertising opportunities. Come and join us April 20-22 at the beautiful Berkshire Outdoor Center. After April 4, 2018, sponsorships will still be accepted but the deadline for a logo to appear in printed materials has passed. Our committee would be open to discussing how best to promote your program at the conference. 
Ready to secure your sponsor, exhibit or ad space now? Click here to submit payment.

Registration Rates 
Registration rate includes meals.
Groups of 5 or more qualify for a 15% discount on registration rates with coupon code NEGROUP18. 
Prior to completing online registration, contact and request the discount code.

Registration Type Early Bird Rates
end April 1
Regular Rates
begin April 2
Member $230 $260
Non-Member $330 $360
Student Member $145 $175
Student Non-Member $195 $225
Presenter $155 $165
One Day $155 $185
UNH Student Group Rate - Full
Applicable only for UNH students
$125 $150
UNH Student Group Rate - One Day
Applicable only for UNH students
$100 $125
Service Crew
Must apply prior to registering
Must be age 5 or older to participate

Pre-Conference: Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS) • Friday, April 20
OOPS brings program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers in one place to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs. OOPS provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that will help established and aspiring programs. At OOPS, you will have the opportunity to meet others in the field, access new research, and share and discuss program management. Click here to read more about this pre-conference and click here to view the schedule.
Registration Type Early Bird Rates
end April 1
Regular Rates
begin April 2
On-Site Rates
April 20


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Professional Rate $95 $105 $115
Student Rate $45 $55 $60
Optional Thursday night tent camping available for $15.

OOPS Keynote - Elizabeth K. Andre, Ph.D.
Elizabeth K. Andre, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Education at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She instructs courses in Group Process & Leadership, Wilderness Instructor Training, Winter Travel, Teaching Techniques, Accident Theory, Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, and various technical skills. She is a former President of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, has instructed over 1000 days with Outward Bound and the Wild Rockies Field Institute, and is a consultant for the Outdoor Safety Institute. She participated in National Geographic Explorer Will Steger’s 2007 Baffin Island Expedition, serving as the Education Coordinator and publishing curricula on climate change to support this and other Steger Expeditions. She is an ACA L4 whitewater canoe instructor, a competitive whitewater canoe slalom racer, and tries to get as many personal days on rivers as possible. She is currently working with The Great Courses to develop a video-based course on fundamental outdoor skills, for release in July 2019. 

On-Site Lodging Options
  • Lodge - $120 per person for the weekend
    • Heat, electricity and bathroom at the end of the hall.
  • Cabin - $80 per person for the weekend
    • Nice, newer cabins with a shared bathroom.
    • No heat or electricity.
  • Tent Camping - $40 per person for the weekend

Memories from the past conferences. 

NE-AEE 2016
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Future Northeast Regional Conference Date
The Berkshire Outdoor Center - Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in beautiful Becket, MA will be our location for the 2019 NE Regional Conference! Save the date April 12-14, 2019!


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