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Michigan's Undiscovered


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2023 Conference

September 29 - October 1, 2023

From isolated Beaver Island in Lake Michigan in 2022, the MAEOE Conference Team is taking you to the Sunrise side of our great state in 2023.

Lake Huron was our Great Lake and Alpena our host city. The Northeast side of the lower peninsula is called Michigan's undiscovered sanctuary for a good reason. We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing natural resources and unique field trips this conference and locale offered.

This conference was back to the standard schedule of pre-conference field trips on Thursday and sessions starting Friday morning running through Sunday noon format.​​

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Each year Sponsors help make our Annual Conference possible. This year we would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

Lake Huron - $1000

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Holcim Logo
MAEP logo
Waste Management logo
Michigan EGLE logo

Lake Michigan - $500

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Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary logo
Sea grant logo
Michigan Project Wild logo
Air and Waste management association logo

Lake Superior - $250

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Lake Erie - $100

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Some of the Alpena Conference points of interest?

Northeast Michigan is rich in Great Lakes, natural resources, and hidden treasures – and also abounds in environmental and outdoor education partners, projects, and stories! Dive into this interactive map to explore the places and spaces that our MAEOE conference and field trips have to offer as we learn together and immerse ourselves in the northeast Michigan experience.

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Registration Information

Make sure to preview Field trip and Workshop descriptions prior to registering. 

Field Trips & Workshop information

Curious about what is happening at the Alpena conference? Check out the Conference at a Glance document for complete schedule of events!

The Alpena Conference program is hot off the press. Click the button to see everything that is happening in Alpena. 

Beginning in 2023 MAEOE has adopted a cancellation/refund policy. 

MAEOE T-Shirts For Sale

T-shirt are available for purchase with your conference registration up to August 18th.


  • Sizes available S - 4XL 

  • Limited quantity available in Alpena $25.00

  • 1 shirt per attendee

  • Pick up with registration packet in Alpena

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Special Conference Events


Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet, greet and eat with friends old and new at one the most amazing museums in Michigan. NOAA’s is a spectacular nautical history of the area and this “Night at the Museum” format will allow you to eat a great catered a meal, have a bevy of beverages and wander through exhibits. You will love the rooftop view. 

Don't forget to get your ticket when you register.

Ticket price $20

MAEOE Awards Banquet

Art in the Loft

Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues at the annual MAEOE Awards banquet which includes dinner and a cash bar. The venue, Art in the Loft, is a unique location in downtown Alpena with a distant view of Lake Huron! Be sure to join us for this rewarding event in a unique location.

Don't forget to get your ticket when you register.

Ticket price $30

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Michigan's Undiscovered Sanctuary

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