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Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

List of Presentations Available; Registration Open

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors 15th Biennial Research Symposium

February 11-13, 2022, at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC, USA, immediately following the Wilderness Education Association’s International Conference on Outdoor Leadership held at the same location February 9-11, 2022. (Note: Register for the WEA conference at

Call for Abstracts:  Abstracts are due by October 1, 2021, through the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL) system. Authors of accepted abstracts are strongly encouraged to submit full manuscripts to the refereed journal, Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership to be published in a Special Issue in late 2022 focused on the CEO symposium (see attached call for details). 

  • The CEO Research Committee is also pleased to announce a graduate student scholarship opportunity. Graduate students who are the lead author of an abstract submitted for the symposium will be considered for the scholarship. The award, which will cover the CEO Symposium registration cost, will go to the student-lead author of the highest rated abstract.

List of presentations now available

Keynote Address by Dr. Corliss Outley, Professor, Clemson University and Founder and Director of the Race, Ethnicity, Youth and Social Equity (REYSE) Collaboratory:

  • “Stand Up!: Race, Freedom Calls and Outdoor Education”: Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience quality environmental and outdoor learning. Yet, for many the right to live, work, learn and play in the outdoors has been limited. The inclusion of all cannot be the work of one person or even one organization–individuals must work together to intentionally change policies, pedagogy, curriculum, culture, and systems.

See attached list for more details, including titles and authors of 24 accepted oral research presentations.

Registration is now open! 

To register, go to 15th Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO) Research Symposium | 2ndnaturetrec.

The symposium is very affordable. Registration, lodging and meals are: 

  • Economy (cabin style): $194
  • Double Occupancy (hotel style room): $224
  • Single Occupancy(hotel style room): $314 
  • This year, for the first time, CEO will offer an exciting option. The presentations will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Attendees will register for the livestream option ($55). All research presentations must occur onsite.
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  February 1, 2022 
  • EARLY BIRD DEADLINE:  Register by December 1 and receive a discount!
    • Under coupon code, enter CEOEARLYBIRD.
    • This code expires on December 1, 2021. 
  • There is also an option to arrive Thursday night, February 10, 2022, to support those traveling from greater distances and those wishing to enjoy the Asheville and Black Mountain, NC area and the YMCA grounds prior to the symposium. Air travel can be made for arrival at AVL (40 minute shuttle); GSP (1.5 hour shuttle); CLT (2 hour shuttle).

Questions regarding conference logistics or registration can be directed to Andrew Bobilya at:

Whether or not you submit an abstract for presentation, please consider attending this symposium. It brings together emerging and established scholars from a host of disciplines. The topics will stem from many contexts (e.g., adventure education, environmental education, summer camp), and the atmosphere is informal. Plenty of time will be allotted to talk with people and establish new connections while reinforcing existing ones.

  • If you care about outdoor education-related research, you won’t want to miss it!

Statement of Purpose

The Coalition for Education in the Outdoors is an international non-profit network of outdoor education scholars who share a mission – the support and furtherance of critically examined research that serves the goals (education “in, for and about” the outdoors) of outdoor education. The Coalition has conducted a biennial research symposium and published Research in Outdoor Education (a peer-reviewed journal) for the past 25 years to encourage and communicate research, theory and critical thought in all endeavors that address outdoor education including conservation, environmental, experiential, adventure and sustainability education and environmental interpretation. In addition to original research papers, book reviews, critical essays, and research updates are considered for publication.

Coalition History

The Coalition was established in 1987 at the State University of New York at Cortland by a group of outdoor educators from around the country. Founders believed the Coalition would fill a need in the outdoor education community for an organization that "would unite outdoor associations, institutions, businesses, and agencies to better serve both professionals and consumers in the outdoors."



Research in Outdoor Education

Research in Outdoor Education Journal