Upcoming events

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Hueston Woods State Park Lodge and Conference Center

    POSTPONED due to COVID19

    The 53rd EECO Annual Conference will now be April 15-18, 2021

    at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge 

    CEU Contact Hour Certificates and College Credit Available! 

    Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors, which include:


    Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities: If you would like to sponsor this conference, a scholarship or be a vendor for the conference please contact Brenda at 740-215-3376

    The EECO room block available until March 2, 2021   Lodging Information -Hueston Woods State Park Lodge

    5201 Lodge Rd., College Corner, OH 45003 ; Reservations - (513) 664-3500

    Ask for the “EECO Conference” room rate.
    Room Rates for Queen/King: $116.00 per Night Per Room- Lodging is not included in the conference registration fee. 

    Conference strands include:

    • Natural History
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Careers

    • Strategic Growth

    • Population, Climate and Outdoor Education

    • Inclusive World of EE

    Full Conference Registration includes five meals, snacks, registration items, sessions, exhibits and conference keynotes.

    Conference highlights include:

    • Thursday, April 2 - 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium - There is a Separate Registration through EECO for this program

      Join high school students and teachers from around Ohio as they present their wildlife and habitat research projects in this fourth annual research symposium for high school students. There are half and full day registration options.  Click here to REGISTER for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium

    • Friday Night OPEN SPACE:    Have you ever had a topic that you would like to discuss at an EECO Conference? Great! Bring your topic ideas and your expertise to the EECO Open Space! During the Open Space we will have attendees put up topics they would like to discuss around Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, and Nonprofit/small organizations. Once the topics have been specified we will break up into small groups to discuss the topics. If the group you start out in is not your cup of tea please feel free to join another group, or feel free to float to various groups. We are excited to see what "Aha" moments are formed from this Friday evening activity. Lead by Jim Viles of Greenacres Foundation.

    • EECO Kids Conference 2020 - On Saturday, while you are attending EECO conference sessions, your child/children can, too! EECO is offering a Mini Conference for kids! Kids will LEARN about Environmental Education and gain an appreciation for nature and environmental stewardship. Like our adult attendees, they will CONNECT with new friends in a positive and supportive setting. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the conference and begin a family tradition for your children to GROW into our future EECO Leaders, all while enjoying the amenities of the state park! Ages 6 and up are welcome!

      $15 fee per child will be charged for the full 4 session kids conference. This is payable at the registration table. Lunch is not provided. Children’s meal tickets will be available at the registration table.

    • Saturday Lunch Keynote: Chris Myers, How Environmental Educators Will Save the World

      At the onset of the 2020’s, environmental educators are on the rise. In this presentation, Chris Myers will share stories from across Project Dragonfly’s global network of conservation organizations, communities, instructors, and students to showcase how educators are forging new approaches to healthy coexistence at a scale, pace, and level of ingenuity necessary to face the complex ecological crises of our time. Chris Myers is a professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University. Along with Lynne Born Myers, they founded Project Dragonfly, a participatory education initiative that began with a national science magazine for young investigators and an Emmy- Award winning PBS television series. Project Dragonfly now operates the nation’s largest graduate degree programs devoted to community engagement in science and conservation. Chris received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Vanderbilt, served as a Luce Scholar in Borneo, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale.

    • Educational Workshops on Project WET, Quest,  and Vernal Pools, My Backyard Stream (field trip and workshop), NAAEE Community Guidelines
    • Field Trips: Fossil Field Trip exploring the rocks of Hueston Woods,  and EECO April Tour: the Cincinnati Urban Oasis. 
    • Graduate credit is available through Ashland University for $210 for one credit hour.  

    Please join us for a fun, hands-on, and outstanding professional development opportunity! 

    Early Bird Registration ends March 4th.  Online Registration ends March 30th.

    Scroll down to the bottom left of this web page and click the registration button to register online.

    Download the Full Conference Registration Packet here. You'll need to review this before you register online in order to pick your sessions and appropriate registration type.    

    We hope you find this conference to be an exciting and beneficial professional development opportunity. 

    If you have any questions about the program, the registration process, or any other topics or issues, please contact Brenda Metcalf, EECO Executive Director, at 740-653-2649 or director@eeco-online.org.  

    You can also contact Lynn White, Conference Co-Chair, at
    513-785-6666 or
    whitelr@butlercountyohio.org  for assistance.


    We look forward to seeing you at Hueston Woods State park!


Past events

29 Sep 2020 EECO DEI Listening Session
02 Apr 2020 4th Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium and Next in Nature Teen Conservation Summit
02 Apr 2020 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
31 Jan 2020 EECO Winter Conference: Winter Snow - Creative Ways to Teach STEAM
21 Jan 2020 Teacher's Night Out: Composting in the Classroom
12 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop
11 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Healthy Water Healthy People
08 Jan 2020 Teacher Field School: Winter in the Part
06 Dec 2019 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN! Deadline is February 21st!!
20 Nov 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Bats Around Your Schoolyard
24 Oct 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Spiders
16 Oct 2019 48th NAAEE Annual Conference
13 Oct 2019 Build Pre-school Nature Play Benefits Now
11 Oct 2019 101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard Educators Conference
09 Oct 2019 Teachers, Industry and the Environment Conference
03 Oct 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
24 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Birds in the Schoolyard
15 Sep 2019 Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop (*Graduate credit eligible)
10 Sep 2019 BEE the Power for Our Food
05 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Outdoor PBLs
05 Sep 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
22 Aug 2019 Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Symposium
08 Aug 2019 Summer EECO Tour- The Ohio State University and Downtown Columbus
08 Aug 2019 Healthy Water, Healthy People/ Level 1 Data Collector
06 Aug 2019 Wild School Site Workshop For Educators
31 Jul 2019 Environmental Education for Early Childhood Workshop (Growing Up WILD, WET & PLT)-Licking County
28 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop
25 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop/PBS Resources Workshop--Hamilton County
23 Jul 2019 School Garden Tour Series: Kiser Elementary School Tour
23 Jul 2019 Exposure to Nature Creates Resiliency-Educator Training
15 Jul 2019 Ohio EE Certification Program
13 Jul 2019 Insect ID Behavior
11 Jul 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Evolution
07 Apr 2019 EECO Tours - April Tour
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Open for the 3rd Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Now Open for the 2019 EECO Annual Conference!
04 Apr 2019 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
27 Nov 2018 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN!
18 Nov 2016 EECO 50th Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
18 Nov 2016 Call for Proposals for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium
08 Oct 2016 Save the DATE: The "101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard"
05 Jun 2016 Educator's Week at Camp Oty'Okwa
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: EECO Annual Conference 2016
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: Half Day Friday at the EECO 2016 Annual Conference
01 Apr 2016 Exhibit at the 2016 EECO Conference
05 Feb 2016 REGISTRATION: Winter Snow Conference- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference Thursday Forum
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference 2015
06 Feb 2015 Winter Snow- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
27 Mar 2014 EECO Annual Conference 2014
11 Apr 2013 EECO 46th Annual Conference
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