Mid-Atlantic Region

AEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 23-25, 2018
Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center
Bruceton Mills, WV

Registration Rates   Schedule   Pre-Conference Info (Thurs & Fri)   Lodging

Keynote Speaker
Greg Corio
West Virginia University - Student Recreation and Outdoor Education

Greg Corio is the Executive Director for Student Recreation and Outdoor Education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. Corio is responsible for all of campus recreation at WVU including a 177,000 square foot recreation center, a large intramural and club sport program and Adventure WV, an outdoor program at WVU.  While pursuing his master’s degree, Corio developed the Adventure WV program as part of his graduate work. This project focused on creating an outdoor orientation program that addressed students’ transition to college through experiential outdoor education and adventure experiences.  In 2017 it was the largest Outdoor Orientation Program in the country.  The program has grown to include leadership and adventure travel experiences for students at all levels in college at WVU.  Corio’s creativity also gave way to an earlier development.  In 1999 he invented an artificial ice-climbing wall.  He sold the product to Entre Prises.  Corio has also worked in adventure tourism where he was able to use his business management education, a degree he almost completed before changing his major to Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources and earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in this field at WVU.  He also holds an associate degree in Adventure Sports Management from Garrett College. 

Registration Rate Information

Registration Rates
Registration with on-site lodging is limited to 25, which will be available based on first come first served. 
Member - 2 nights, 5 meals $185
Student Member - 2 nights, 5 meals  $170
Presenter Member - 2 nights, 5 meals $170
Non-Member - 2 nights, 5 meals $230
Student Non-Member - 2 nights, 5 meals $200
Presenter Non-Member - 2 nights, 5 meals $210
One Day
(Saturday, 3 meals)
Meal Package Only/Registration Fee
(5 meals, no lodging)
Conference T-Shirt

Thursday Pre-Conference Information

Appalachian Aerial Symposium

  • https://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/symposium
  • 25% registration discount for AEE Members (AAS2018!) –Enter before check out 
  • The Appalachian Aerial Symposium is a conference event specifically for current and aspiring professionals in the aerial adventure field (challenge course and zip-line canopy tour management). It was created to bring local vendors, operators, educators and regulators together to discuss the industry and its direction going forward. West Virginia University and Adventure WV are excited to be hosting this event. Located at the WVU Outdoor Education Center, the Symposium is the first of its kind held for our region. Sessions pertaining to management, operations, training, industry trends and experiential education will be held. Opportunities to connect and network will also exist.
  • Food is also included
    • A welcome dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st
    • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided Thursday, March 22nd.

Friday Pre-Conference Options

The Science Behind the Sport – Teaching STEM Based Curriculum Related to Adventure Activities
3 hour workshop presented by Andrew Hoover
Cost: $15 
Space is limited to 20 participants - Sign up now!

The significance of science and engineering careers in an ever-growing technological world is irrefutable; yet encouraging today’s youth to pursue STEM education is a challenge. On a related note, health and wellness is of increasing concern as childhood obesity rates continue to have an upward trend. WVU has created the Science Behind the Sport initiative to address these contemporary issues. Using the excitement of outdoor adventure sports like cycling, zip-lining and rock climbing, this workshop will explore practical applications of STEM and how these concepts apply to each respective adventure activity. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in learning experiences that will help translate these activities into real, relevant and hands-on experiential activities for students. In this workshop, you will learn how to make fundamental principles of math and science fun! stop

Aerial Adventure & Captive Audiences
3 hour workshop presented by Adventure WV & WVU Outdoor Education Center Staff
Location: WVU Outdoor Education Center

Cost: $25 - Sign up now!

The aerial adventure industry is rapidly growing. To help differentiate between experiences, many operations have begun incorporating interpretive talks as a core component. Join the WVU Outdoor Education Center Staff as we zip among the trees and explore our approach to natural resource interpretation and presenting this unique learning environment.

Believed to be the only owned and operated zip-line canopy tour course in the world, the WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour will as our classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to go zip-lining and experience our interpretive curriculum as we progress. Forest resource management, sustainability and other information about the WVU Research Forest will be discussed as we zip.

Once the activity is complete, time will be spent answering questions and exploring how an interpretive curriculum can be utilized in other aerial adventure activities. This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking an unique experience as part of their conference stay. To learn more about the WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour, please follow the link below. Information and statistics regarding our facility are provided.

*Participants are encouraged to explore the WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour website to learn more about the tour - and our conditions barring participation* https://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/our-facilities/zip-line-canopy-tour.

Climbing Site Management: A Roundtable Discussion
3 hour workshop presented by Kevin Shon
Location: WVU Cooper’s Rock State Forest

Cost $20 - Sign up now!

Adventure WV’s own Kevin Shon, climbing programs manager, will host a tour of nearby climbing resource Cooper’s Rock. Participants will see the prominent climbing program areas within the State Forest, engage in meaningful discussion with peers regarding best/accepted practices for their outdoor climbing programs, and have the opportunity to review and brush up on basic climbing rescue systems including rescues and lowers. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your climbing programs manual or any other administrative resources to facilitate sharing and learning among colleagues.

*WVU can provide climbing shoes, harnesses, helmets and other PPE and will supply all ropes and other hard/soft goods. Your own PPE and climbing shoes are encouraged.

Onsite Lodging: This option is for when you book 2 nights and 5 meals (only 25 available).
Located in the center of campus, the Adventure Basecamp Overnight Facility includes 3 overnight yurt structures. Arranged to accommodate up to 12 people per unit, each yurt is equipped with bunk-beds, electricity and heat. Multiple outlets are available along the outside interior wall. Guests will also find that each yurt is equipped with a center communal area that consists of multiple Adirondack chairs and tables. Dimmable lights and outside seating are also available. Each yurt is located within a very short walk of all conference program areas. Bathrooms, showers, picnic areas and fire rings are also located within within feet of these yurt facilities.https://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/our-facilities/adventure-basecamp-overnight 

For those who choose to sleep off-site here are two options: 

Lakeview Resort – located 9 miles away from our facility.
When booking informed that you are with the AEE Mid-Atlantic Conference

Chestnut Ridge Camping
OPTIONS: The single pad sites will hold one tent (max 4 people)
The double pad sites will hold two tents (max 8 people)
Book by Monday, March 19th for this deal
Contact Info: (304) 594-1773, toll free (888) 594-3111, www.ChestnutRidgePark.com

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 22nd
Appalachian Aerial Symposium

Friday, March 23rd
Pre-conference event 9am-12pm
Check-In opens 1:30pm-8:pm
Social 6:30pm

Saturday, March 24th
Breakfast 8am
Opening/Playnote (WVU) 9am-10:30am
#1 Workshop Session 10:45am-12:15pm
Lunch/Keynote 12:30pm-1:45pm
#2 Workshop Session 2:00pm-3:15pm
#3 Workshop Session 3:30pm-4:45pm
Dinner 5:30pm
Social 6:30pm

Sunday, March 25th
Breakfast 8am
#4 Workshop Session 9am-10:15am
#5 Workshop Session 10:30am-11:45am
Auction Closes 12:00pm
Lunch / Closing 12:30pm-1:30pm
Departure 1:30pm


The Mid-Atlantic Region encompasses the following U.S. States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. Our 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!

Colleen Williams, M.Ed.

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Colleen Williams, M.Ed.

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Fred Pierson, MS

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News Letter Editor
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Member at Large
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