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2020 MAEOE Conference

Register by January 20th for Regular Pricing! Late Registration Starts January 21st

2020 MAEOE conference: Exploring Connections: Linking Nature, People, and Mindfulness.

February 6-9, 2020, the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education will bring together educators, resource personnel, scientists and researchers to share their experiences and ideas at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD. Be part of the annual conference!

Presenters must register by January 6 to receive the special presenter pricing. All Saturday presenters are required to register for the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Ali Smith

Ali Smith has over 17 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations around the globe, with a focus on underserved communities in Baltimore City. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally.

The conference will be February 6-9, 2020 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD.


  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind More Effective Educator
  • In-depth Science & Natural History
  • Actions to Become “Greener” Schools and Communities
  • Examples from the Field
  • Best Practices in Program Management
  • Hot Topics

Conference Details

Thursday PD: half day (afternoon) or full day

In-depth learning experiences to give educators the background knowledge and confidence to teach new subjects in their classrooms or centers.

Friday Pre-Conference Workshop: Half Day (3 hours AM or PM) or Full Day

Pre-conference sessions designed to deliver activities and lessons.

Saturday Sessions: 60 or 130 minute workshops

Sessions cover a wide range of topics and give teachers and educators exposure to lessons, tips, and best practices.

Field Experiences/Trips

Field experience/trips are a learning experience rather than just a “tourist” experience. Consider attending a Field Experience/Trip on the way to Ocean City or on the way home.


All presenters MUST PROVIDE their own laptop and speakers if needed. MAEOE will continue to provide screens and projectors in each room. If you are using an Apple product, please be sure to bring your own adaptor to connect it to the projector.

All Saturday presenters are expected to register for the conference. A maximum of 2 Thursday and Friday presenters for each session will have the Thursday and/or Friday registration fees waived. Any additional presenters for Thursday or Friday must purchase a guest lunch. If you are presenting on Thursday or Friday, but would like to attend sessions Thursday, Friday or Saturday you MUST register appropriately.


Should you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact:

The MAEOE Annual Conference is the largest state-wide environmental education conference in the nation and the only conference of its kind in the State of Maryland. The conference brings together 600+ formal and non-formal educators for four days of networking, gaining resources and examples from the classroom, the school grounds and the community.

Dates: February 6 to 9, 2020

Location: Princess Royale Hotel (9100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842)

Click here for the Schedule at a Glance!

Paper registration found HERE. ($50 fee per paper registration)

Thinking about a Field Excursion? Register for one of these experiences: Indian River Life-Saving Station Tour, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Birding with Wayne Bell and George Radcliff, and Ocean Bathing.

Workshops and Saturday sessions are subject to change. Check for updated conference posters at the conference site and at the registration table!

Nominations for exceptional environmental educators to win the 2020 Finton Award can be made at the MAEOE table in the Exhibit Hall Feb 6 - 9 at the Princess Royale Hotel, Ocean City.

For more information: Finton Award

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