Northwest Regional Conference

Camp Squamish, British Columbia • April 29 - May 1, 2016

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Wayfinding: What's Your Journey?
Our theme came from many discussions with AEE NW members, starting at the AEE International Conference in Portland last October. We feel that this theme weaves together ideas expressed around mentorship, resiliency, and social justice. 

This conference will offer workshops across a variety of Experiential Education (EE) domains. Including, but not limited to, K-12 teachers, counsellors and mental health workers, outdoor pursuit instructors, team-building, leadership training, environmental education, and university and college instruction and research.

View our blog for updates, conference information and service crew details.

The conference will take place in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. Squamish is about an hour drive north of Vancouver, BC, half way between Vancouver and Whistler. Squamish is known for great access to climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and kite surfing. Squamish's welcome signs read "Welcome to the Outdoor Capital of Canada." The conference will take place at Camp Squamish, otherwise know as the Easter Seals Camp, from April 29th to May 1st, 2016.

Keynote Speaker

Aaron Nelson-Moody, or “Splash”, is an artist and storyteller living and working in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. Is the future of education found in the past? Splash will share his knowledge and experience with education on Squamish Traditional Territory. Be ready to participate in this dynamic and engaging keynote as you discover new ways of learning that are steeped in rich culture and tradition. Click here to read more about our keynote speaker.

Conference Schedule
Click here to view the Conference Schedule.

AEENW is proud to announce this years workshops! Visit our blog for workshop summaries.
  • Exploring our World: Global Citizenship and International Service Learning - Meg Chamberlin
  • The Art and Science of Routine Outcome Monitoring - Liam Law
  • Turning Games into Powerful Social Emotional Skill Builders - Brian Brandt
  • Choice - the joys, challenges, and pitfalls of choosing in the 21st century - Jody Radtke, RCC
  • Back to the Future: Finding our way forward in Experiential Learning - W. Bradley Gooderham
  • Wilderness Adventure Tools/Models Enhancing the Learning Experience - Will Black and Warren Fay
  • Rites of Passage - Susan Kliewer
  • Integrated Experiential Examples to Help You Create Your Own Experiential Activities - Bob Sharp
  • Activate Your Inspiration: Building Confidence to Follow Your Passion - Marli Williams
  • Outside the Box...Building Social and Emotional Growth Through Thoughtful Experience - Lori Litke
  • Family Group Conference (FGC) and Talking Circles - Paige Cutler and Brenley Gidney
  • Finding your personal beat: An experiential introduction to Parts Work - Stephen Javorski
  • Harnessing creative potential in yourself, your stuff, and your clients - Daniel Cape
  • Bill Murray's Meatball and the Evolution of Experiential Learning - Jeff Willis "Willy"
  • Trauma-Informed Facilitation - David Flack

There will be a pre-conference on April 29th from 10am-3pm specifically designed for new teachers to learn how to use experiential education to help establish a caring classroom. 

On-site accommodations at the camp will be available in dorms and a limited supply of private rooms with 2-3 beds. Once registration is open, these accommodations may be booked when registering for the conference.

Hotel rooms are available at a group rate of $99 Canadian (approx. $70 USD) at the Sandman Hotel. The hotel is about a 10 minute drive from the conference site. The phone number is (604) 848-6000 and will need to be booked independently from conference registration. When booking, mention you are with AEE to get the group rate.

Registration & Lodging Rates - Register now!
Registrant Type Early Bird - ends April 1 Regular - after April 1
Member $195 $275
Student/Senior Member $60 $110
Non-Member $300 $375
Student/Senior Non-Member $115 $175
Presenter $100
One Day  $175
Cabin - 2 Nights with 5 meals $150
Cabin - 1 Night with 3 meals $85
Tent Camping with 5 meals $75  

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