AEE Mid-Atlantic Region 

The 2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

March 15-28 / Virtual

Coring the Apple 

Diving deeper into AEE's Core ValuesGlobal Community, Adventure and Challenge, Reflective Leadership, Social Justice, The Natural World, Creative Play

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Call for Proposals 

  *Deadline: March 10 7PM EST      *Deadline: March 10 7PM EST

If at any point you have any questions about the workshop proposal acceptance process please send any concerns to - [email protected].

Have questions? Want more information? Email the Mid-Atlantic Region Committee Here: [email protected]



Registration is now closed. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

This year, the Mid-Atlantic will offer a flexible pricing structure. To act on our values, we have decided that every attendee, regardless of registration price point, will receive the exact same level of access to content, education sessions, recorded sessions, networking events, keynotes, and more. 

As a membership organization, we are fully dedicated to supporting you, our community. We have taken into consideration financial and economic situations during this time, and have therefore decided that offering a range of price points is the best way to ensure that this conference is as accessible as possible to all.

To support AEE, please choose the level of contribution that you feel you can comfortably make at your discretion. There are no penalties or restrictions if you choose a lower price. If you are an AEE Member, choose the Member Tier price that works best for you. If you are not a member of AEE, choose the Non-Member Tier price that works best for you.


  • Member - Tier 1 $35 

  • Member - Tier 2 $50 

  • Member - Tier 3 $75 


  • Non-Member - Tier 1 $65 

  • Non-Member - Tier 2 $80 

  • Non-Member - Tier 3 $95
What to expect after registering: 3 days before the conference begins, you'll receive access to the back end of the conference platform where you can customize your schedule and explore conference offerings. If you have questions about your registration, please email [email protected] Your invoice receipt will be sent separately.

Conference Schedule

*All Events Are In Eastern Standard Time
March 15, 2021
  • Opening Event 3:00PM
    • Exploring AEE's Six Core Values with Sherry Bagley & Lorilei Dreibelbis *pre-recorded event
  • Workshop Session 1 7:00PM
    • Building Posture and Perspective from the Art of Peace: An experiential examination of leader engagement from a practice in the art of Aikido with Calvin Haney
    • 4 Hacks for Handling Conflict with Lucinda Martinelli
    • From the Field to the Screen with Lauren Trawick Stables
March 16, 2021
  • Keynote 3:00PM 
    • Canine Learning and Behavior with Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg
  • Workshop Session 2 7:00PM
    • 10 Completely Flexible Pair Activities with Lisa Hunt
    • Challenge Course Operations - COVID Protocols with Phil Brown
    • Adapting a University Adventure Program to the Pandemic with Matthew Cummiskey
March 19, 2021 
  • Keynote 3:00PM
    • with Susy Ross 
  • Workshop Session 3 7:00PM
    • Rhythm Connection Lab: Building Connection and Creativity Through Rhythm with Aaron Kierbel
    • Training Tools for the Experienced Facilitator with Lauren Trawick Stables
    • Practicing Your Entrepreneurship Skills: Pitch Presentations and Improv with Stuart Levy
March 20, 2021 
  • Playnote 11:00AM
    • with David Heath, Jubilee Melton, and Erin Burgess
  • Keynote 4:00PM
    • with Brent Bell
  • Workshop Session 4 1:00PM
    • Virtual Family Adventure Therapy: Adapted curriculum to stabilize and strengthen families with Bobbi L Beale, PsyD
    • Neurodiversity & Sensory Processing with Lorilei Dreibelbis
    • Physical Distancing, The Dutchman's Rope and Other Best Practices for Real-World In-Person Gatherings with Jim Cain
March 27, 2021 
  • Playnote 11:00AM
    • with Michael Misenheimer
  • Workshop Session 5 12:30PM
    • Pivoting to Virtual Camp with Lorilei Dreibelbis
  • Keynote 2:00PM 
    • with Deborah Vicino
  • Keynote 3:00PM
    • with Dr. Jim Cain & Lorilei Dreibelbis
Thank You to Our Sponsors 


Join the Connection Expo!

As a 2021 AEE Mid-Atlantic Conference Sponsor, your organization gains exposure to the influential, diverse community of Experiential Educators. Partnering demonstrates your alignment with AEE’s goals: to connect people in the field of EE, to grow their skills and resources, and to expand the global capacity for experiential education and learning. By participating in our Connection Expo, you'll connect with a community of passionate facilitators, educators, and practitioners.

What is a Connection Expo? It is a virtual space for you and your organization to connect with attendees and share what you do (our version of an Exhibit Hall!)  

We want to create a space where you can meet our incredible community and where they can meet you.

How will we do this?

We are providing an accessible conference platform on which you can customize your virtual booth with marketing materials (PDFs, videos, photos, forms) and make them available to attendees 24/7. You will have an exhibitor booth that attendees can click on to view more details, contact your staff, and interact with your materials, videos, program guides, and more. All of this can happen from the comfort and safety of your own home. You don't have to worry about travel or the logistics of sending staff to the conference and so it is a cost savings for you. See the full list of benefits below.

Challenge - Bronze $250 
Leadership - Silver $500 
Transformative - Gold $800 


The Mid-Atlantic region unifies individuals from a variety of fields; school and colleges, museums, therapeutic recreation centers, camps and conference centers, outdoor recreation venues, etc.
We, as the Mid-Atlantic Region, strive to promote and support the vision of AEE. This vision connects a global community of educators and practitioners, and it expands their capacity to enrich lives through Experiential Education. AEE is currently leading the way in Experiential Education nationwide and they will need our continuous support and efforts in making a difference in the lives of many.
We hope that you will join our AEE family in attending conferences, webinars, local events, and more. This is the valuable opportunity to create a wider network, grow as a professional, and to spread the word about AEE.
We look forward to meeting you soon!

 The Mid-Atlantic Region covers the following states:

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Follow the Mid-Atlantic Region on Facebook to get the latest news and updates!

Have questions? Want more information? Email the Mid-Atlantic Region Committee Here: [email protected]

Memories from Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences!

Lorilei Dreibelbis
Past Chair
Colleen Williams, M.Ed. 
David Heath
Jess Rothe
Schools & Colleges [The Rocking Chair]
Fred Pierson, MS
Member at Large
Nicole Sathre
Young Professionals
Abaigeal Walter
Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group 
  Journal Editor
Matthew Cummiskey
Faculty Convener
CJ Belknap
 Have questions? Want more information? Email the Mid-Atlantic Region Committee Here: [email protected]