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19th Annual Student Outdoor Educators Conference will be hosted by Northland College.

The 19th annual Student Outdoor Educators Conference (SOEC) offers budding outdoor education and recreation enthusiasts the opportunity to share, teach, and learn in a professional context. SOEC offers aspiring outdoor educators the opportunity to develop their skills through workshops and networking with other emerging professionals. Reaching out primarily to the Midwest region, SOEC draws students from a variety of backgrounds to share their experiences with the greater outdoor industry.

The 2018 Student Outdoor Educators Conference will offer professional development workshops, designed and facilitated by students. Workshops will cover technical skills, history and philosophy of the outdoor recreation and education industry, as well as educational programming best practices. 

Students interested in creating and presenting a workshop can find out more information by contacting Clair Emmons, our Workshop Coordinator, at emmonc634@myemail.northland.edu.

The 2018 Student Outdoor Educators Conference features a keynote address by James Edward Mills who has served as a speaker for several events including the 2016 Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education conference. Mills is the author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. This book shares the story of the first all African-American summit of Mt. Denali while exploring the social and moral importance of engaging future generations in the outdoors. 

Registration fees are all inclusive, covering lodging, meals, workshop attendance and networking opportunities. 

The Student Outdoor Educators Conference provides attendees with an opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded emerging professionals in the field of outdoor education and recreation. Spend a weekend sharing knowledge and experience with future colleagues while gaining valuable insight into our industry’s foundations and best practices. Hear a nationally renowned author and speaker, James Mills, our keynote speaker. Invest in your professional development with a formal conference experience at SOEC 2018.


Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI


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