Annual conference information

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Date/Time: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School – 2841 S State St, Camden , DE 19934
Postlethwait won the 2017 Green Ribbon School designation and recently piloted Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences through a partnership with the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition and a NOAA B-WET Grant. The school has been increasing their eco-campus which now includes an outdoor nature area, observation deck, composting, and vegetable gardens.

Theme: Powered by Nature
Four strands have been developed for the 9th Annual Conference to provide a focus for presentations and engage a broad spectrum of participants: “Connecting People with Nature;” “EE and Formal Education;” “Cultivating Environmental Leaders;” and “Innovative and Inclusive EE.” Presentations will take place during four, 45-minute sessions over the course of the day with options for double sessions. We will also have one block of 20 minute sessions, and student poster sessions.

Keynote speaker: Connie Hendricks, Head of School, The Jefferson School

2018 Conference flyer

2018 Conference program (not yet available)


  • Early bird (December 29-January 27): $15 for students; $25 for presenters; $40 for non-presenters; $65 for vendors
  • Regular registration (January 27-February 16): $15 for students; $25 for presenters;  $50 for non-presenters; $65 for vendors
  • Walk-in registration: $60 for non-presenters; $75 for vendors
  • Cannot attend the 2018 conference? You can renew your membership on the registration link, for $25.

Call for Presentations
Oral sessions (the deadline for oral session proposals has passed)
Student poster session

Conference/Session schedule (draft)
Concurrent session descriptions (draft)
Presenter biosTBD

Optional off-site field trip

Silent auction
Each year, the conference features a silent auction of items and services donated by DAEE members, partners, and conference participants. Silent auction proceeds fund our mini-grant and conference scholarship programs, so bid early and often! If you would like to donate to this year’s silent auction, please click “yes” on the conference registration form, or email Lisa Watt.

Conference scholarship
For the first time in 2017, DAEE offered one Expanding Audiences Conference Scholarship. We are happy to provide that opportunity again for the 2018 conference! The deadline for applications is January 19. For more information and to apply, please click here.

DAEE Mini-grant
At the annual conference, DAEE awards one mini-grant, worth $500, to a worthy environmental education project in the state. The deadline for applications is January 19. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Conference sponsorship
DAEE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Therefore, sponsorships are tax-deductible!

Sponsor levels:

  • Conference Lunch ($250)
  • Conference Breakfast ($150)
  • Exhibit/Break ($100)
  • General Sponsor ($50)
  • Expanding Audiences Conference Scholarship ($40)

For more information on sponsoring the conference, please read the sponsor appeal letter sponsor appeal letter, or contact Rick Mickowski.

Conference Contact: Maggie Pletta