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Michigan's Furniture City

Grand Rapids

Modern buildings along a river with trees and boardwalk

From the shipwreck shores of Alpena and its rural natural beauty, MAEOE is headed to Grand Rapids, a city alive with urban nature, for our 2024 conference. We are excited to explore downtown Grand Rapids, and all it has to offer from walking tours along the Grand River, to explorations of sustainability and urban infrastructure, all just a stone's throw from Lake Michigan shoreline.

Join us October 4 - 6, 2024, as MAEOE returns to the west side of the state for our annual conference.

MAEOE conference 2024 logo

October 4 - 6, 2024

Grand Valley State University
Richard DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

All participants in conference sessions, field trips, and the MAEOE Mash must be registered conference attendees.


Guests may attend the Awards Banquet but must have a ticket.


If your family is accompanying you to Grand Rapids, check out or for activities they can enjoy while you attend the conference.

Have questions about our Grand Rapids conference?

Reach out to the core conference team at for the answer.

Call for Proposals

In 2024, we want to emphasize sessions on the Great Lakes, climate change, outdoor education, and natural history.

Proposals with connections to Lake Michigan may achieve a higher priority.

Environmental and Outdoor Education sessions that demonstrate diversity and inclusivity will garner attention by the selection committee.

The Proposal Submission period has closed.

Thinking about submitting a session proposal that needs outdoor space?

Check out the map and slide show with photos of possible outdoor spaces at Grand Valley. One of them is sure to be perfect for your session!

Sites 8 and 9 are roughly a 10 minute walk from the main conference venue, so plan accordingly if you want to use these spaces.

Map of Outdoor Spaces at GVSU

GVSU Outdoor Spaces with Star
Hiking Boots

Outdoor Spaces at GVSU

What's happening?

Conference At A Glance

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Awards Banquet

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Conference Workshops

Friday, October 4th

Workshops start at 8:30 am
Rivers, Flood Risk, and the Watershed Connections
Cost: $10
GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

Rivers are dynamic: important to every community and ecosystem they pass through. Destructive floods and erosion are natural phenomena but also aggravated by human action. This session will include teaching activities about river dynamics, flood risk, changes being made along the Grand River, and a walk to view river gauging stations. Presenters include National Weather Service hydrologist and Grand Rapids city project manager. Utilizing an interactive floodplain model we will explore environmental implications of river changes and what can be done to reduce destructive flooding (e.g., land use choices, green roofs, rain gardens). All of this will be put in the larger context of Great Lakes watersheds and climate
change impacts on future river conditions. Michigan watershed maps included.




Environmental Educator Certification: Strand One Workshop
Cost: $75
GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

The interest in the EEC continues to increase.  This offering by MAEOE will benefit all types of educators – formal, non-formal, experienced, and the novice.  Having the EEC ensures the participant attained a set standard of environmental education (EE) knowledge and skills identified by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The professional expertise gained with the EEC could help you advance in your career and gain the respect you deserve. This in- person workshop provides the first component in the EEC program and your $75 begins the certification journey. More information is available about the EEC at

Conference Field Trips

In Grand Rapids we are offering field trips to local attractions, kayaking the Grand River, visiting nearby state parks, and touring the local waste management facilities. Take a look at the full list of field trip opportunities at the link below and make your Grand Rapids conference a one of a kind adventure.

Register now

Make sure to preview the 2024 Field Trip page and Conference Workshop descriptions prior to registering. 

Cost to attend 2024 full conference will be:

Member: $125 *

(Note: you must log into your Neon account to qualify for Member Pricing)

Non-Member: $175 *

*does not include any additional events or field trips.

* Early bird pricing valid until September 1st.

After September 1st all registration levels increase by $25.

MAEOE strives to meet the needs of all participants - if anyone has a special need, please contact us at

Holiday Inn 
Downtown Grand Rapids*

* This link will take you directly to MAEOE's discounted rates for the conference weekend.

Hotel Details

The hotel is walking distance from the conference venue and we have a limited block of rooms available for the discounted rate for Oct 3-5.

walking map from hotel to conference location
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