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*Pre-Conferences are held between November 7-10. You must register separately for pre-conference events.

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Thursday, November 10
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12 
Sunday, November 13

celebrating the present

6:30-8:00am Morning Connections

7:00-7:45am Ready, Set, Go! Conference Orientation (Can't attend? Register for the virtual event on October 25th on Zoom!)

8:00-8:45am Breakfast

9:00-10:30am Creating Connections Hosted by the Social Justice Task Force

10:30am-12:30pm Conference Opening & ActivatEE Keynotes Sponsored by Kikori Conference Emcee: Dr. Amy Climer

12:30-1:15pm Lunch

1:30-3:00 Workshop and SEER Session #1

2:30-3:30pm Snacks, Drinks & Giveaways in Connection Expo (Exhibit Hall)

3:30-5:00pm Workshop and SEER Session #2

5:00-6:00pm AEE Annual General Meeting (AGM)

6:00-6:45pm Dinner

7:00-8:00pm 50th Festivities!

8:00-10:00pm Bluegrass Music / Square Dance with The Whitewater Bluegrass Company

acknowledging the past 

6:30-8:00am Morning Connections

8:00-8:45 Breakfast 

9:00-10:30 Workshop and SEER Session #3

10:00-11:00 Snacks, Drinks & Giveaways in Connection Expo (Exhibit Hall)

11:00am-12:30pm Marina Ewald & Kurt Hahn Address Honoring D. Maurie Lung, Sponsored by 2nd Nature TREC

12:30-1:15pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Workshop and SEER Session #4

2:30-3:30pm Snacks, Drinks & Giveaways in Connection Expo

3:30-5:00pm Workshop and SEER Session #5

5:00-6:00pm Honoring Those Who Have Passed

6:00-6:45pm Dinner

7:00-8:00pm Career Fair, Connections and Accreditation Social

8:00-10:00pm 70s Disco & No Man's Land Film Festival Movie Night See The Program

re-imagining the future 

6:30-8:00am Morning Connections

8:00-8:45am Breakfast

9:00-10:30am Workshop and SEER Session #6

10:00-11:00am Snacks, Drinks & Giveaways in Connection Expo (Exhibit Hall)

11:00-12:30 Workshop Session #7

12:30-1:15pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Workshop Session #8

2:30-3:30pm Snacks, Drinks & Giveaways in Connection Expo

3:15-5:30pm Keynote with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Visioning AEE's Future  with Michelle Cummings

6:00-6:45pm Dinner

7:00-8:00pm Regional Meetings

8:00-10:00pm Future Blast! Live Music with 'The AEE TechnoFolk Extravaganza'


8:00-8:45 Breakfast


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  • Offering over 90 workshops on topics like: Environmental Education, Risk Management, Outdoor & Adventure Education, Classroom Education, Higher Education, Facilitation, Therapeutic Adventure, Social Justice & More! Presentations are rigorously reviewed and evaluated, as we strive to make sure our workshops are the most informative, innovative and entertaining in our industry. PREVIEW OVER 90 WORKSHOPS
  • A selection of workshops will be available for Hybrid/Virtual attendees to attend live during each workshop session. Please note that not all workshops and events will be streamed live or be recorded for Hybrid/Virtual attendees. As always, larger keynotes and events will be streamed live and the recordings made available on our YouTube Channel!
  • CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will again be offered through Colorado State University (CSU) Pueblo.


  • 2022 Marks 10 years of ActivatEE!  ActivatEE is designed to facilitate the process of creating one’s story, inspiring the use of one’s voice, and launching an idea - all on stage during a conference keynote. Each year at our International Conference, a small handful of individuals take the stage and share their stories. ActivatEE 2022 is sponsored by Kikori.   Meet the 2022 Speakers!
  • The Ewald and Hahn Address is presented annually by a person designated by the Board of Directors who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education with the tenacity and conviction exemplified by Marina Ewald and Kurt Hahn. 2022 Honoree: D. Maurie Lung, PhD, LMHC, LMFT Sponsored by 2nd Nature TREC

  • Keynote Speaker: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, resides in Qualla, NC. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe (UPK 2020), was a finalist for the Weatherford Award, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020, and received the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award (2021). Her manuscript, Going to Water, was a finalist for the PENN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). Clapsaddle’s work appears in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Our State Magazine and The Atlantic. She is an editor for the Appalachian Futures Series (UPK), and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network. Learn more about Annette
  •  We're thrilled to have Dr. Amy Climer as the 2022 Conference Emcee! Amy is the CEO of Climer Consulting and a speaker, trainer, podcast host and coach in innovation and team development. Amy is host of The Deliberate Creative™ Podcast and designer of Climer Cards, a teambuilding tool used to deepen conversations and generate ideas. In 2016, she won the Creativity Award from the Association for Experiential Education.


  • Pre-Conferences will occur between Monday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 9.
  • Registration is separate from regular conference attendee registration.
  • Pre-Conference sessions take place prior to the start of the conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.

Events & Special Programming

  • Printed conference programs available for purchase
  • The Playscape is coming back! Christie Miga and Laura Baird are reimagining this experiential educator’s playground! Within this room, participants will find a variety of interactive stations including games, creative outlets, and opportunities for meaningful connection. Its aim is to create a space that unearths childlike wonder and allows for play!
  • Gather.Town will be utilized again this year! Gather is a virtual video-calling experience designed to help attendees gather online. Built & Hosted by Dan Miller & John Losey
  • The Kidference is also returning with fun activities for attendees’ kids to engage in and experience AEE! YMCA Blue Ridge staff will present experiential programming for children between 5 and 12 years old, while you attend conference workshops. 
  • We will again offer a silent auction
  • Social events will include a film festival screening, Bluegrass Music Show / Square Dance, Firepits, morning connection times, 70s themed Disco, live music from The AEE TechnoFolk Extravaganza, & more!
  • Ready, Set, Go! A welcome event for new conference attendees! Can't attend the in-person Ready, Set, Go at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly on Thursday, November 10 7:00-7:45AM? Join us Online!
  • The Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) provides an outlet and venue for researchers in the field of experiential education to present, share, dialogue, and further develop their research ideas each year at the AEE International Conference. The sessions will offer a virtual zoom option as well for both virtual presenters and attendees. 
  • AEE Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to the theory of experiential education and their service to AEE. As conceived by AEE's Board of Directors, the awards process is driven by AEE members.
  • Career Fair: 
    • Employers - If you have a job you are hiring for, please join us at the career fair for a chance to meet your future employees. Each employer will have an opportunity to pitch their company and position(s) in 60 seconds or less. You may want to bring printed copies of your job description to share. Please be on time as we will kick off the event at 7pm. 
    • Job Seekers - Join us for a facilitated experience and a chance to meet your future employer! You'll learn about networking and meet several employers and talk with them about their position(s). You may even be able to apply and get interviewed while at AEE! 
  • Immediately following the Keynote with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Michelle Cummings will lead conference attendees through a visioning event. Stepping outside our comfort zones is not always an easy task, but it is required for leaders and organizations to grow.  Venturing outside our comfort zones is where new learning takes place.  Examining our past, discussing the present and having a vision for future success will help us shape the direction and focus of the AEE we all want to have.  Research shows that successful teams and organizations have their mental, physical and spiritual energy all focused toward really clear goals.  In this visioning session, Michelle will help guide the group through a unique experiential activity and help identify where attendees can have the most impact and ripple effect with their contributions.