2020 VAEE CONFERENCE- EE for EverybodEE  

We are so excited for the 2020 VAEE Conference. This year's conference theme "EE for EverybodEE" is a celebration and call to action to make environmental education accessible to everyone in the Commonwealth. Featuring workshops, networking, field trips and a day and a half of concurrent session VAEE 2020 promises to be our most exciting conference yet!

The 2020 Virginia Environmental Education Conference will be held at the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia from Wednesday, February 26th to Friday, February 28th.  Click here to register for the 2020 Conference

EE for EverybodEE Keynote Speakers


J. Drew Lanham                                                Nancy Striniste

The 2020 Conference Committee is excited for the two wonderful keynote speakers we have lined up for this year's conference.

Our Thursday night keynote speaker, Dr. Jr Drew Lanham, is an author, poet, wildlife biologist and Clemson University’s Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology. Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. In his teaching, research, and outreach roles, Dr. Lanham seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a Black American he is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. Echoed in his first solo-work, “The Home Place-Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature” was published in 2016. In 2019 he was awarded the National Audubon Society's Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, recognizing "individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to the environment".

Closing out our conference Friday VAEE Member Nancy Striniste will speak about her new book Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World (Timber Press, 2019). Nancy is founder and principal designer at EarlySpace, is a landscape designer, an educator, and an author. With a unique background in both children development and design, Nancy has been creating spaces for children for more than three decades. She began her career as an early childhood educator in the 80’s. Her creativity and innovation in her own classroom led to presentations for other teachers which led to her first design projects. She’s been creating spaces for children and teaching teachers about the potential of the physical environment ever since. Her designs have won awards from the Metropolitan Council of Governments, the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, and the Landscape Contractors Association of MD, DC and VA. . In addition to her design work and writing, Nancy teaches a class called “Landscape Analysis and Design for Nature Play and Learning” at Antioch University New England in their graduate program in Nature-based Early Childhood Education. Nancy is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.  EarlySpace is a registered Virginia SWaM (Small Women and Minority Owned Business

We are thrilled to bring both Drew and Nancy to the 2020 Conference and can't wait to hear what they have to share with us!

Registration, Rates & Schedule

 Registration for the 2020 VAEE Conference is now open to register click here.

 For Conference Rates, Lodging, Pre-Conference Workshops and Field Trips, and a draft Schedule at Glance visit: 2020 VAEE Conference Registration Packet.pdf


 All rooms at the Florence Elston Inn are reserved for our conference for Feb. 26 and 27. Please refer to the Registration Packet for the phone number and rates. You may also be interested in the nearby Amherst Inn who's information is also in the Registration Packet. 

Awards- Nominations Due 12/31

The VAEE Conference Committee is excited to announce the opening of nominations for the first annual Virginia Environmental Education Awards. This year we will recognize the excellent environmental education work being done across our state with four different award categories.

  • Environmental Education Program of Excellence Award 
  • Exemplary Service to VAEE
  • Outstanding Environmental Educator Award
  • Most Innovative Project Award

For more information and criteria for each award click here.

Visit our Awards Nomination form to nominate yourself or a colleague today!


Past Conferences

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In addition to planning the 2020 Conference  VAEE's Conference team is also working to plan VAEE 2021. Check back soon for dates, locations, and details.

2020: February 26-28, 2020, Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center, Amherst, VA


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