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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.

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October 4 - 6, 2024

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

Michigan's Furniture City

Grand Rapids

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.

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.

Submission deadline is Monday April 15, 2024

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

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Hiking Boots

Outdoor Spaces at GVSU

GR Proposals

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.

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More conference details coming soon!

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