2019 MAEOE Conference
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2019 MAEOE Conference

The 2019 MAEOE Conference will be held at the beautiful Kettunen Center near Tustin, MI.  The Kettunen Center is owned and operated by the 4-H Foundation and is affiliated with Michigan State University. Its 153 acres of rolling hills and beautiful lakefront provide the perfect backdrop for MAEOE’s annual conference.

Unlike the past several years in which MAEOE conferences were held in urban venues and participants were required to find and pay for their own lodging and most of their meals, the Kettunen Center is a self-contained campus.

*All meals, Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast (6 total) are included in your full registration fee!  This includes Friday evening’s annual MAEOE MASH and the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. *

2019 Conference Rates

Member: Full Conference - $200; One Day - $110

Non-Member: Full Conference - $250; One Day - $150

Student/Retiree: Full Conference - $150; One Day - $80

Student/Retiree Non-Member: Full Conference - $200'; One Day - $110

Guest Tickets: Banquet - $25; MASH - $15 (Included for those registered for the conference)

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Waterloo and Cranes, too!
2:00 PM14:00

Waterloo and Cranes, too!

  • Waterloo Recreation Area and Haehnle Sanctuary (map)
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Join us on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 to explore the Waterloo Recreation Area and the nearby Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Audubon Sanctuary.  

Highlights include a visit to the Eddy Discovery Center, a guided walk, and viewing migrating sandhill cranes at one of their staging areas in Michigan.

When:  Saturday, October 26th, 2pm – dusk

Where:  The Waterloo Recreation Area and the Haehnle Sanctuary are located between Chelsea and Jackson, off I-94.

Cost:  Adults - $25 each and Children ages 5-17 - $5 each

 (This event is not appropriate for children under age 5.)


  • 2pm:  Meet at the Eddy Discovery Center inside the Waterloo Recreation Area for a short presentation followed by a guided walk on the Bog Trail. The walk is expected to take about 1 ½ hours.  (Recreation passport required for entry to the Recreation Area.)

  • 5pm-5:30pm:  Travel on your own to Haehnle Sanctuary. Directions will be provided and there is free parking at the Sanctuary.

  • 5:30pm – dusk:  Hear an introduction to the Sanctuary, enjoy some cider and donuts, then explore on your own or settle in to watch the cranes and other birds as they fly into the marsh to spend the night.  You are free to leave whenever you wish.

Be Prepared:  Dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the time.

Binoculars will be helpful, especially at Haehnle Sanctuary.  Folding chairs or a picnic blanket are also recommended for crane viewing, as there are only a few benches.

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Participation is limited to 40 individuals, so register early!

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MAEOE Meet Up: Bike and Brew
1:00 PM13:00

MAEOE Meet Up: Bike and Brew

Join us for our next a meet-up event: Bike and Brew!

We will join the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and ride a total of 12 miles round-trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center and back to Arcadia to enjoy a beer and conversation with fellow educators on the bank of the Kalamazoo River. This is a free event but registration is encouraged and appreciated.

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