Re-Discovering People, Nature, & Ourselves on the North Shore
Celebrating 30 years of MAEE

Please join us September 30 - October 2 at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN for the 2022 MAEE Conference! 

At this year's conference, MAEE aims to highlight promising and proven practices, help push the leading edge of the profession, advance equity and inclusion, and motivate the pursuit of excellence in environmental education, all while sharing and exploring the incredible resources in the North Shore.  Join us for an opportunity to connect with other professionals across the state, to acquire new skills and knowledge, and to leave feeling inspired to reinvigorate and renew your programs!

Early bird registration:  June 15 - August 15
Regular rate registration:  August 16 - September 30
Registration Amounts:

EARLY BIRD RATES (expire August 15)

  • EARLY BIRD Full Conference Registration w/ Lodging: $200
  • EARLY BIRD Full Conference Registration w/ Camping Option: $120
  • EARLY BIRD Saturday Only Registration (no lodging): $80


  • Full Conference Registration w/ Lodging: $225
  • Full Conference Registration w/ Camping Option: $135
  • Saturday Only Conference Registration (no lodging): $95



Presenters at the 2022 MAEE Conference will help explore, elevate and spark environmental education by sharing new ideas, research, successful strategies, and more.  The conference offers a variety of sessions, inspiring speakers, and many opportunities for networking and discovering new ideas, tools and techniques.

This year's conference will feature session strands and tracks to encourage a more broad and inclusive representation of environmental education innovation, research, approaches and resources. Session presentation formats included traditional presentations, hands-on presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops.

CLICK HERE to download information on the Call for Presentations.

Session Strands and Example Topics:

  1. Nature at Play 
    Providing innovative and accessible outdoor education experiences that connect people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to nature.
    Example of topics that might fall under this strand include:
    • Transforming traditional preschools into nature-based preschools
    • Developing outdoor programs that are inclusive and provide equitable access
    • Creating and using parks and other green learning spaces in school programming
    • Developing outdoor programs that build a sense of place and cultural relevancy in urban, suburban, and rural communities
    • Designing outdoor classrooms with limited resources
  2. Creating Connections
    Cultivating partnerships and developing strategies for building successful environmental education programs.
    Examples of topics that might fall under this strand include:
    • How to build successful civic engagement programs that address environmental issues with a focus on disadvantaged communities
    • Growing grassroots partnerships for community engagement
    • Strategies, tools, and training for funding projects and applying for grants
    • Building collaborations between conservation educators, scientists, resource managers, and practitioners in all formal and nonformal education settings
    • Examples of school-community partnerships that support and promote project-based learning
  3. Discoveries of the North Shore
    Taking advantage of the annual conference location to explore the incredible wildlife, nature, and beauty of the north shore area.

    Examples of topics that might fall under this strand include:
    • How to create an organic hobby farm or garden at your school or center
    • Looking for animal signs: identifying animal tracks and scat
    • How to geocache and/or create an orienteering program
    • Learn more about maple syruping and its connection with Ojibwe people
    • Complete a community science project

Deadline for session proposals is June 22.