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Thank you for joining us for the Northeast Regional Conference! In a challenging year we have found our limited abilities to connect to our students, colleagues and world around us a huge loss. We delivered our conference in a month-long format to help deepen connections within our field and support our community during these challenging times by offering opportunities to develop skills, connect with others in the field in a meaningful way, and provide some self-care and rejuvenation for you. 

~ NERAC & Conference Committee

Conference Schedule

2021 NE AEE Virtual Conference: SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

  • Keynote & Conference Kickoff: A familiar way for us to set the tone and energy for our learners to “spring” into a month of connection, inspiration, and growth. 

  • Workshops: 90 minute virtual workshops taking place on the opening day, Sunday April 18th and the closing day, Monday May 17th. See workshop and presenter bios here

  • Cohorts: Intentionally focused, topic-based cohorts that dive deeper into their subject over the month, meeting for an hour and a half each week. Presenters will be scheduled to meet with their cohorts during a regular meeting time, the same day and time each week. Meeting times are morning, mid-day or evening and either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.  Learn more about Cohorts here See the presenter bios here

  • Josh Miner Dialogue Series & Conference Closing: A space held in honor of one of the elders of our work and a warm send-off for the folks who shared time together.

2021 Honoree - Sanford Tollette - WATCH THE RECORDING

Serving as Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp's Executive Director for over 45 years, Sanford Tollette has transformed a Camp reserved primarily for underprivileged white boys to a Camp open and dedicated to helping troubled youth of all races and genders. In 1988, E.D. Tollette expanded from summer adventure programming to year round programming with the addition of the academic Alternative Classroom Experience (ACE). ACE helps 150 at-risk children each year turn their lives around through an intensive residential educational program.

Keynote: Rachel Hailey

Rachel's main objective is to transform the outdoor industry into a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible space. Rachel is committed to creating an industry where anyone can experience, thrive, and lead in the out of doors no matter their circumstances, and has a focus on underserved and underrepresented communities.

Rachel has served and inspired over 100 organizations in the creation of actionable systems aligned with creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces.

Rachel is a frequent writer for industry publications like Adventure Park Insider and SAM, and has given talks on DEI & Social Justice on international platforms. Outside of her endeavor to bridge the gap between racial and ethnic diversity in the outdoors and social justice, Rachel can be found hunting fairies in the woods with her daughter.

Committees & Volunteering

The Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is a team of volunteers dedicated to supporting change and growth within the realm of EE through the offerings within AEE NE. Learn more and meet NERAC here

Learn more and meet the Host Committee here

Questions? Interested in getting involved? Email us at [email protected]