AEE International Conference 2023

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2023 International Conference Recap:

We held our 51st International Conference at the  University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Memorial Union Building in Madison, WI (and online!) and during 3 exciting days, we had:

625+ Attendees from 10+ Countries. 100+ Speakers and Presenters. 80+ Workshops & Events. 30+ Volunteers. One Community Celebrating the Power of Experience. Thank you to all who helped us to create AEE Conference magic. And thank you attendees for bringing it to life!


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"I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity from AEE to spread my voice about the environment and how it’s affecting me and my community. Thank you for amplifying not only my voice but my peers. I’m looking forward to future AEE conferences." - Kaja, 2023 Conference attendee

"I've been in higher education for 16 years. This was the best, most organized and friendliest professional conference I've ever attended. And I've been to many.  Thank you, all, for a wonderful experience." - Todd, 2023 Conference attendee

We believe in the power of experience. Do you?

Be part of the conference dedicated to elevating and expanding Experiential Education worldwide. With hundreds in attendance, the Conference provides the opportunity to learn from experts and innovators, grow your network and discover what's possible in the industry. We are excited to gather together and explore how learning through experience has the power to positively transform people and our world.

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"Absolutely fantastic opportunities for meeting amazing people from all over the world who, though very diverse, share common interests. Conferences provide for exceptional learning, sharing, growing, and having so much fun!  As well as open doors to new ideas and applications." - Shana, Member since 2015

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At the 2023 AEE Conference, You Will: 

  • Connect with leaders and innovators in our industry - authors, researchers, professors, and organizational founders. 
  • Enrich your work or studies with dozens of educational workshops and inspiring keynotes.
  • Develop lasting personal and professional relationships.
  • Boost your informed facilitation by learning how Experiential Education is taught, shared, and studied from practitioners from all over the world.
  • Be exposed to all areas of Experiential Education and see the full scope of what is possible with a future in Experiential Education.
  • Increase your professional network by collaborating with trainers in the many facets of facilitation and practice during our robust workshop offerings.
  • Leave feeling refreshed and re-energized. Our conference programming will leave you with the momentum and inspiration to take on your next goal.

two conference attendees chatting at a workshop“I am more aware of what is happening in this field and the many subcultures that are a part of the bigger picture. I feel more confident as a result of putting various strategies into practice in a non-threatening (in fact, very encouraging!) environment.” -Lini 2022 Conference attendee

“I’ve been in the industry for 6 years but this is the first time I’ve attended a conference and I feel like I truly found ‘my people’.” -Marley 2022 Conference attendee

Who is this Conference for? Short Answer: Everyone.

Many disciplines and settings utilize the methodologies of Experiential Education such as environmental education, service learning, non-formal education, outdoor and adventure education, and more.

Experiential Educators include an extensively broad range of professionals such as teachers, counselors, guides, students, professors, researchers and more.

presenter with microphone presenting to a group outside2022 International Conference Recap:

We held our 50th International Conference at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina (and online!) and during 3 exciting days, we had:

800+ Attendees from 20+ Countries. 100+ Speakers and Presenters. 90+ Workshops & Events. 30+ Volunteers. One Community (Re)-Imagining the Future of Experiential Education. Thank you to all who helped us to create AEE Conference magic. And thank you attendees for bringing it to life!

“I am inspired by the work I saw others do and the tools I've discovered. I feel more confident in my opinion of the value of experiential education in my work as a counselor after being surrounded by people who use it and value it equally.” -Laura 2022 International Conference Attendee

“This conference did an excellent job at helping me feel excited to go back to work: connecting with this many people doing great work was excellent.” -Jacob 2022 International Conference Attendee

"I had no idea what I was walking into this year, but I am forever changed by the experience. I cannot express enough gratitude for this opportunity and look forward to next year with all my heart." - Michelle 2022 International Conference Attendee

"I attended my first AEE conference in November and it was one of the best experiences I have had. I loved the people, the workshops, and all that AEE has to offer. It's inspiring. All the information I have gained from AEE has helped me grow as a professional and person, which helps me help others grow. " - Mena, 2022 International Conference Attendee

"We have worked locally for 20+ years and due to some changes in employment needed to spread our wings. We attended the international conference in order to break those imaginary limits and we weren't disappointed."  - Trenton, 2022 Conference attendee