1. Map out your conference
Plan ahead by picking at least two workshop sessions that interest you during each time slot, in case your first choice is at capacity. Make sure you know where field trips meet to venture offsite, and when & where meals will be held. If you have questions, find a board member at the registration table. Be sure to check out the exhibitors as well!
2. Avoid conference fatigue by taking breaks
Learning can be exhausting! It’s okay to skip a session to take a nap or get some fresh air if you need it. It’s much harder to absorb information and make meaningful connections when you’re burnt out or overwhelmed.
3. Be ready to make connections with strangers!
Practice your elevator pitch and know your skill set. Don’t be afraid to approach organizations or individuals about opportunities or collaborations. We’re all in this together and everyone attending wants to make environmental education the best it can be!
Dare yourself to sit at a table with all new people. Bring business cards to share to solidify new connections.
4. How to prepare yourself:
Bring something to take note of all your new ideas. Whether that’s pen and paper or a tablet/laptop is up to you. Bring a reusable water bottle and some snacks in case meals are outside of your usual eating times. Dress is layers since temperatures can vary from room to room. Also bring appropriate outdoor gear if you’re going on a field trip (boots, rain gear, hat, sunglasses, etc.).