The WVU Outdoor Education Center and Natural Resource Center are proud to host this year's AEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference! 

The dates for the event are Friday, March 29th - Sunday, March 31st.

What is AEE - How can I register?

AEE stands for the Association For Experiential Education. The mission of the organization is to "promote and expand the global capacity of experiential learning". 
Information regarding this year's Mid-Atlantic AEE Conference can be found by clicking the link below. 

 Attendees can expect to see sessions that are relevant to the following populations and program fields:
  • Program Administration
  • Outdoor & Adventure Education 
  • Organizational Training & Development
  • Therapeutic Adventure/Adventure Therapy 
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • General Audience 

Pre-Conference Event:
The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching Workshop
with  Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S 

Date/Time: 3/29 9am-4pm
Location: WVU Outdoor Education Center
Cost: $95(full members) $115(non-members, Emembers)
Tuition includes lunch.  
Register Now!   
Join us for 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.

Keynote Speaker - Kelly Bricker, University of Utah

Dr. Bricker is a Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah. She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management. She has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, community development, natural resource management, value of nature-based experiences, and the impacts of tourism.  

She has authored and edited books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues in   Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; educational texts focused on adventure education in   Adventure Programing and Travel for the 21st Century and   Demystifying Theories in Tourism

Dr. Bricker serves the boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN. With partners in OARS, Communities, and her husband, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji. 

Kelly Bricker's Univeristy of Utah Faculty Page