AEE Heartland Region

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2020 Heartland Region Conference
March 6 - 9, 2020
Touch of Nature Environmental Center 
Makanda, IL
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Telling our Story
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About the Conference:
Experiential and project based learning is one of the most effective and engaging forms of education.  We know this because we are out there, we see the outcomes first hand; but how do we tell our story.  From adventure therapy to k-12 educators, we as experiential educators are producing innovative methods to reach our students and clients, now it’s time to tell our story.  Let’s help one another raise the bar so that we collectively can raise the bar of our field.  Let’s come together and talk about how we are building a bigger point and bringing experiential learning to people and places outside of our AEE community.  Help us tell the story of you, your work, and our field.  Join us at beautiful Touch of Nature Environmental Center at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.   
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About Touch of Nature:
Located in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest, Touch of Nature has provided experiential learning opportunities for the students of Southern Illinois University for 70 years.  Since 1949, Touch of Nature Environmental Center has grown to over 3,100 acres of rolling hills and lush forests which provide the perfect atmosphere for outdoor education and adventure for both young and old alike.  Over the years, Touch of Nature has paved the way for therapeutic recreation programs such as Camp Little Giant - and even the Special Olympics - becoming one of the first camps for people with disabilities in the nation.  It has taken people to new heights with the Adventure Education program, becoming the first adventure program outside of Outward Bound. Adventure Education and Environmental Education continue to teach people of all ages and backgrounds the importance of environmental education through experiential learning and exploration. 
Click the links below to submit a proposal and/or register for the conference!
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Registration Costs include: 5 Meals

 Cabin Lodging:  Cost of conference includes basic cabin accommodations.  Please bring sleeping bag, pillows, etc…  Lodging Upgrades Available. 

Group Discounts available for groups of 4 or more.  

For questions, please contact Brian Croft at [email protected]


The Heartland Region includes the following states and provinces:
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.

2019-2020 Regional Chair: Hannah Kelling

2020 Conference Convener: Brian Croft


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