Mid-Atlantic Region

Thanks to all those who joined us this year.  That was awesome!
2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 29-31
Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center
1397 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
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2019 Regional Conference Schedule!
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About our conference lodging

Located in the center of campus, the Adventure Basecamp Overnight Facility includes 4 overnight yurt structures. Arranged to accommodate up to 12 people per unit, each yurt is equipped with bunk-beds, electricity and heat. Multiple outlets are available along the outside interior wall. Guests will also find that each yurt is equipped with a center communal area that consists of multiple Adirondack chairs and tables. Dimmable lights and outside seating are also available. Each yurt is located within a very short walk of all conference program areas. Bathrooms, showers, picnic areas  and fire rings are also located within within feet of these yurt facilities. ONLY 40 YURT SPACES ARE AVAILABLE.  Once they are all reserved only off-site accommodations will be available (see below).



Off-site lodging is available at the Holiday Inn Express, 605 Venture Drive , Morgantown WV, 26508. Call (304) 291-2600 by February 15, 2019 to reserve your room. Use group name Mid-Atlantic AEE Conference for the special rate of $104/night.

Pre-Conference Event:
The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching Workshop
with Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S
Date/Time: 3/29 9am-4pm
Location: Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center
Cost: $95(full members) $115(non-members, Emembers)
Lodging available Thursday night: $40
Tuition includes lunch.  

Join this interactive workshop and fill your facilitation, or teaching toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, motivate and promote engagement and buy-in. Take away innovative methods to get your groups moving, talking and reflecting. Empower participants to take ownership of learning, practice social-emotional skills, and build a positive, and supportive group environment. Teach and reinforce academic or training material in novel ways to differentiate instruction and enhance learning. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on your role as a facilitator, educator, or leader.

We will explore:
• Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage participants physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in group development, academic, social-emotional learning, training, and team-development.
• New research from the field of educational neuroscience that supports and informs experiential education, facilitation, group-building, instructional design, and social-emotional learning
• Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review and reinforce training and academic content that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways
• Strategies for increasing involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning and group development experiences
• Techniques to promote social and emotional learning and develop social awareness, relationship skills, social problem-solving, emotional expression and conflict resolution skills
• Fundamentals of experiential group facilitation and teaching such as the importance of participant choice and control, sequencing, ongoing assessment, and meaningful reflection to create lasting lessons
• Interactive activities to build community and promote social and emotional learning while enlivening lessons and differentiating instruction
• A variety of rapport building strategies to develop respect, positive communication, collaboration, and creativity
• Methods to help educators and facilitators design, sequence, facilitate and adapt activities to enhance learning outcomes and take advantage of “teachable moments”
• Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning situations
• The role of the facilitator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

These activities can be facilitated in any size space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies that will help them build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their group sessions, school or workplace.


About Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S:
Jen StanchfieldJen is known for her work helping school and community and outdoor education programs all over the world use experiential methods to develop a positive and supportive learning environment, increase engagement, enhance learning outcomes and develop social-emotional skills. In her 27 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational teambuilding. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. Jen earned her master’s degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy and the emerging field of educational neuroscience. She is the author of Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons and Tips and Tools for The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation. She is also the creator and a regular contributor to the Inspired Educator Blog at experientialtools.com.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase one of Jen Stanchfield's latest books: Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation or Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons.


The Mid-Atlantic Region encompasses the following U.S. States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. Our region unifies individuals from a variety of fields; school and colleges, museums, therapeutic recreation centers, camps and conference centers, outdoor recreation venues, etc.

We, as the Mid-Atlantic Region, strive to promote and support the vision of AEE. This vision connects a global community of educators and practitioners, and it expands their capacity to enrich lives through Experiential Education. AEE is currently leading the way in Experiential Education nationwide and they will need our continuous support and efforts in making a difference in the lives of many.

We hope that you will join our AEE family in attending conferences, webinars, local events, and more. This is the valuable opportunity to create a wider network, grow as a professional, and to spread the word about AEE.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Colleen Williams, M.Ed.

Memories from Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences!


Colleen Williams, M.Ed.
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Past Chair
Fred Pierson, MS
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Lorilei Dreibelbis
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Membership / Schools & Colleges
David Heath
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Member at Large
Al Rock
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Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group

Jess Rothe
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