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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 will be 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. You will be pleasantly surprised by the amazing natural resources and unique field trips this conference and locale will offer.

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

​The Dates & Deadlines on this page will help you keep track of conference planning.

Friday lunch options in Alpena

821 W Miller St

0.9 miles from ACC

Opens at noon

109 North 2nd Ave

1.7 miles from ACC

Opens at 11 am

626 North 2nd Ave

1.4 miles from ACC

Opens at noon

113 South Second Ave

2.1 miles from ACC

Opens at 11 am

130 W Chisholm St

1.9 miles from ACC

Opens at 10am

1237 US Highway 23 N

1.5 miles from ACC

Opens at 11 am

1224 North 2nd Ave

1.8 miles from ACC

Opens at 10 am

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Want a sneak peek at 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!

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

Conference Seating

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

Camping Location

Lodging Information


Ramada Inn

1000 US 23 North

Alpena, MI 49707


Camping Options
contact establishments for reservations

Alpena Fairgrounds


Right along the Thunder Bay River in town, minutes from the MAEOE Conference action. Good river sites include: 57-69 but check a campground map

Camper's Cove


A private campground with full electric and water hookups located approximately 10 minutes from the main conference location.

Ossineke State Forest Campground


A picturesque first come, first served rustic campground located along the shores of Lake Huron about 20 minutes south. This site does NOT take reservations.

Click below for an interactive map of the camping options.

Michigan's Undiscovered Sanctuary

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