West Region

AEE West Regional Conference
February 23-25, 2018
Rob Hill Campground, Presidio
San Francisco, CA

Engage. Play. Thrive.

This year’s theme summarizes the process of experiential education. We engage a vibrant community of educators and learners with diverse backgrounds and perspectives with one common goal: to bring our whole selves to the table and play hard. Play is critical, not just as an essential and universal human experience, but as the root of our practice. We play to teach, to connect, and to overcome difficult times. We will walk away from this year’s conference with the knowledge and skills that we need to help our programs and communities thrive under any circumstances.

2018 WRAEE Keynote
Dr. Maurie Lung, PhD, MCHC LMFT
Life Adventures Counseling and Consulting

Play as our Teacher and Healer

In our ever-changing world, and given our current climate of social injustice, we see an ever-growing number of participants (in any setting, therapeutic, educational, recreational) with some sort of difficulty with self-regulation. Self-regulation includes the ability to take responsibility, organize, explore, and learn to self-sooth and delay gratification. Too often, the opportunity of play is ignored or dismissed, despite its clear means to acquisition of these skills. Play may involve physical dexterity, creativity, imagination, problem solving, negotiating, and mindfulness — traits of self-regulation essential to healthy growth and development, no matter our age. This keynote blends neuroscience, adventure and nature interventions, experiential learning, and occupational science, to better facilitate opportunities to self-calm, process information, and then interact with novelty in their environment and social settings.

Check out this video of Dr. Lung speaking at the 2017 International AEE ActivatEE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKQC58ZrPkk&t=366s

About Dr. Lung
Dr. Maurie Lung, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT is the founder and CEO of Life Adventures Counseling & Consulting (www.LifeAdventuresCC.org), a community organization that provides adventure-based mental health therapy and consulting. She has over 25 years of experience as a therapist, business owner, author, speaker, trainer, evaluator, and university instructor. She has co-authored two books for mental health professionals as well as a variety of articles about how to experience nature and adventure in order to heal our hearts and restore dignity. Maurie integrates her knowledge and experience of recreation, education, psychology, and evaluation to experientially provide services with a diverse client population. The growth and change she witnesses for youth, families, and adults through this process continues to amaze her and remind her of the power of playful experience. In addition to her experiences as a practitioner and administrator, Maurie provides consultation, coaching, training, and technical assistance to organizations who want to improve their level of organizational functioning or implement a more experiential approach to their services. She also is Associate Faculty at Prescott College teaching graduate courses in mental health counseling and overseeing the Adventure-based Psychotherapy and Ecotherapy programs.

Scholarship Announcement!
We are happy to announce the John & Sabina DeWit Memorial Scholarship application period is open! For more information, click here. To apply please send a letter to wraeeconference@gmail.com explaining:
  1. A blurb about yourself.
  2. Your connection to experiential education.
  3. What you are hoping to gain from attending the conference?

Registration Rates
Registration rate includes camping fee. Meals are not included (exception: Youth rate includes lunch).
A meal plan is available for purchase.

Registration Type Price
Early Bird ends Jan 31
Member - Full Registration $100 Early Bird / $115
Student Member - Full Registration  $65
Non-Member - Full Registration $115 Early Bird / $130
Student Non-Member - Full Registration $95
Service Crew $55
One Day $100
Youth - Saturday Only (includes lunch) $15
Meal Plan Price
Full meal plan, includes Saturday dinner   $40
Saturday dinner only $20


Youth Rate
We will be asking for proposals geared toward or led by a high school audience, and including a 1-day youth rate of $15 including lunch!


Lodging Options
1475 Central Magazine Road
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-5447
Cost: FREE

Conference attendees are welcome to camp on location at Rob Hill Campground! The campground sits atop the highest point in the Presidio and overlooks Baker Beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Fee is included in your registration should you choose to lodge with us (there are no shower facilities at the campground).
240 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-7277
Distance from conference:
 4.3 miles, 13 minutes
Cost: $
Set in historic Fort Mason, the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel offers a range of accommodations including both private rooms and shared dorms.  The Presidio, Crissy Field, and the Golden Gate Bridge make up the hostel’s backyard, with Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, and the Marina district within walking distance.  Hostel guests enjoy free continental breakfast, a spacious theater-style TV area, a recreation room, and beautiful bay views.  Starting at $28 per night, the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel is an affordable lodging option that is easy on the eyes and light on the wallet.

Fort Barry Building 941
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-2777
Distance from conference:
 6.3 miles, 16 minutes
Cost: $
Just north of San Francisco, the Marin Headlands Hostel is a favorite amongst visitors to San Francisco.  The hostel offers incredible options for hiking, biking, and more in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with convenient access to Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais State Park.  Hostel guests enjoy fully-equipped kitchens, on-site laundry, and free parking.  Starting at $28 per night, the Marin Headlands Hostel is a beautiful lodging option without compromising cost.
42 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 800-7356
Distance from conference:
 1.8 miles, 6 minutes
Cost: $$$
Inn at the Presidio is an elegant boutique hotel where visitors can enjoy an overnight stay in the heart of the historic Presidio, the former military base and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Located at Pershing Hall, the Gregorian Revival-style building has been restored as a guest lodge featuring 22 spacious accommodations, including 17 suites with fireplaces.  Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese reception, Eurotop beds, and the calm, quiet atmosphere.

2755 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(888) 206-1895
Distance from conference:
 2.3 miles, 7 minutes
Cost: $$$
Travelodge at the Presidio, SF is located just outside the Presidio National Recreation Area.  Its central location near the Golden Gate Bridge and Downtown San Francisco make this Travelodge an accessible option with plenty of dining, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities within walking distance.  Free limited guest parking.  Public transportation options are also nearby.

ALTERNATIVE LODGING OPTIONS
Whether an apartment for the night or a lake-house for the weekend, AirBnB is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.

 

WRAEE Awards
Each year, the region gives out special awards:
  • Rising Star Award  Given to an emerging leader within the field of EE.
  • Exemplary Practices Award – Given to a person or an organization demonstrating exemplary practices within the field of EE.  Areas of practice include, but are not limited to: leadership, service, positive impact, ingenuity, legacy or other contributions to the field of EE.
  • Servant Leader Award – Given to an individual who demonstrates active, excellent leadership and exhibits the highest level of ethical practices.
To nominate someone for an award send an email about who the nominee is and why you would like to nominate them to wraeeconference@gmail.com.

Our Sponsors

 Bay Area Wilderness Training 

Pacific Leadership Institute (PLI): "A program of San Francisco State University"

The Children are Our Future

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Odyssey for Youth

Westminster Woods Camp & Conference Center

Youth Empowerment Institute

Outdoors Empowered Network

Tribal Wisdom Academy

SEER Education