There are a variety of conferences and events that can help with building capacity regarding environmental education or provide opportunities for you to reach an audience for your environmental education programs. The conferences listed may be conferences that you wish to attend and some may be conferences that you may wish to offer a presentation/workshop or display.
Listed below are a variety of conferences and events and some tips on submitting convention/conference proposals.
- Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) Teachers’ Conventions
- ATA Specialist Council Conferences
- Dr. Noel’s Top 10 Tips for Submitting Convention Proposals
- Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communications (EECOM) conference
- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference
- Green Teacher Webinars
The Alberta Teachers’ Association hosts annual events devoted to the professional development of teachers. These are great venues for sharing your environmental education resources and programs. These events are organized regionally and take place in February and March of each year. To present at conventions, you apply directly through the convention committee. Applications start being accepted in the spring of each year. The list below provides information regarding upcoming Teachers’ Conventions for 2018. Most conventions begin accepting applications in May and deadlines are usually in May and June. We recommend you submit your applications as soon as possible.
|Conference Title||Dates for 2018||Location||Proposal Application Information|
|North Central||February 8 - 9||Edmonton||Accepting now - finalizing program in June|
|Calgary City||February 15 - 16||Calgary||Usually accepting from May 7 to Sept 30|
|Northeast||February 15 - 16||Edmonton||Accepting now|
|Central Alberta||February 22 - 23||Red Deer||June - accepting presentation proposals|
|Palliser District||February 22 - 23||Calgary||Accepting now - Deadline June 30, 2017|
|Southeastern Alberta||February 22 - 23||Medicine Hat||June - accepting presentation proposals|
|South Western||February 22 - 23||Lethbridge||June - accepting presentation proposals|
|Greater Edmonton||March 1 - 2||Edmonton||June - accepting presentation proposals|
|Mighty Peace||March 8 - 9||Grande Prairie||Accepting in the fall|
|Central East||March 8 - 9||Edmonton||June - accepting presentation proposals|
ATA Specialist Council Conferences
The ATA Specialist Councils focus on different aspects of teaching. See the website for full listing of all the specialists councils. If you want to present at the conferences, contact the Program Chairs seven or eight months before the conference. Here are some of the councils that apply directly to environmental education.
|Conference Title||2017 Dates||Location||Proposal Application Information|
|Social Studies||2018 is next conference TBA||TBA|
|Science Council||November 17 to 18, 2017||Banff Park Lodge|
|Global, Environment & Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC)|
May 11 to 13, 2017
|Health & Physical Education Council||May 11 to 13, 2017||Jasper|
|Career & Technology Education Council||November 23 to 25, 2017||Canmore||Accepting proposals soon|
The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), is Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate, engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy, sustainable future. EECOM hosts an annual conference.
The North American Association for Environmental Education advances environmental education and supports environmental educators in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. NAAEE hosts an annual conference.
Green Teacher is a magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools. Green Teacher offers a webinar series. A digital subscription to Green Teacher allows access to past webinars, but a subscription is not necessary to attend the live webinar events. See a listing of upcoming webinars and past sessions.