Environmental Education

Meets Island Adventure

September 25-28, 2020

This fall MAEOE takes the fall conference on the road, and on the boat, to Lake Michigan’s largest island. The history, scenery, flora and fauna on Beaver Island create a unique destination conference. The most significant change from past conferences, due to ferry schedules, is a Friday – Monday schedule. The full conference is three nights and eight meals! Helpful information on schedule, transportation, lodging and fees are on other pages. Here are some dates and deadlines to keep in mind.

Dates and Deadlines

On or before February 28, 2020
     ▪ Call for proposals posted online
     ▪ Sponsorship forms posted online
     ▪ Exhibitor forms posted online
April 15, 2020
     ▪ Proposal Submission Deadline
On or before May 30, 2020
     ▪ Session speakers notified
On or before June 15, 2020
     ▪ Conference Registration Opens



To assist in your planning, the MAEOE conference committee has come up with projected conference Fees. These are subject to change prior to actual online registration in June. Prices include meals from dinner Friday, September 25 through Breakfast, Monday, September 28, three nights lodging and registration fees. This is one night, and several meals more, than recent MAEOE conferences. Your conference fee total will be dependent on your choice of lodging. The fees below are all inclusive of your conference with the exception of the transportation to and from the island and any field trips that have fees.

Tier One: Faculty Housing $400

Tier Two: Campground Cabin Units $350

Tier Three: Dorm Units $325

Tier Four: Campground Sites $275

These are member prices for full conference only. Registrations fees for nonmembers, students and one day fees are being developed.



The 2020 conference schedule is being built around the main transportation schedule to and from the Island. 

Ferry Ride : The 2020 Ferry price is $32.50 one-way for an adult passenger. A typical vehicle is $100 one way but not needed unless you wish to bring a car/van/suv to the island. For more information on the ferry schedule, go to

Plane : You can also fly to the island in 15-20 minutes on one of two airlines. Both airlines rates are about $55 one-way to Beaver Island ($110 round trip) CMU shuttles will pick you and deliver you to the airfield. This is an incredibly beautiful flight, less than double the price and one/eighth the travel time.

Remember: You are responsible for your transportation to and from the conference. CMU will provide shuttle vans to and from boat docks and all field trips.

For full Transportation Information, check out the transportation guide.



Friday, September 25, 2020

11:30 a.m. Ferry departs Charlevoix

2:00 p.m. Ferry arrives Beaver Island dock

2:30 p.m. Shuttles begin taking passengers/luggage to CMU Biological Station

2:45 p.m. Check-in, register, get settled, explore CMU campus on your own

5:30 p.m. Appetizers in Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. Welcome to Beaver Island, Auditorium

7:30 p.m. MAEOE MASH/Pig Roast

Saturday, September 26, 2020

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions begin

9:30 a.m. Breakouts continue

10:30 a.m. General Assembly: President’s Welcome and MAEOE Business

11:00 a.m. Keynote: Noon Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 Field Trips

5:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m. Meet the Board Candidates

7:30 p.m. Shuttles to Town to “explore” on your own 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Coffee with the Board

▪ State of the State

▪ Preview of 2021 Conference

9:30 a.m. Breakouts begin

10:30 a.m. Breakout continue Noon Lunch (Elections Close)

1:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Field Trips or workshops (EEC?)

5:00 p.m. PP/Board Reception

5:30 p.m. Pre-Banquet Reception

6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Banquet (announce election results before awards)

8:00 p.m. MAEOE Meltdown/Entertainment

Monday, September 28, 2020

7:00 a.m. Shuttles begin to leave for dock

7:30 a.m. All Passengers at dock

8:20 a.m. Ferry departs Beaver Island dock

11:00 a.m. Ferry arrives Charlevoix dock

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