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2015 APHE National Humane Education Conference

  • April 22, 2015
  • (MST)
  • April 24, 2015
  • (MST)
  • Phoenix, Arizona


(depends on selected options)

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APHE National Humane Education Conference
"Blazing the Trail for Humane Education"
April 22-24, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona

Join APHE for three days of professional networking and presentations that will kick-start your humane education program. This is the national conference for humane educators!


Conference Sponsors

Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund Sponsors

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Conference Schedule
Wednesday, April 22:
 Optional excursion or workshop, pre-conference mixer held at the Arizona Animal Welfare League (tours of the facility will be available)

Thursday, April 23: Conference sessions, including Sharing Corral, APHE Membership Meeting, dinner and benefit auction

Friday, April 24: Conference sessions
Registration Information
Registration is $225 for APHE members and $275 for non-members. This fee includes two days of conference sessions with lunch and break refreshments, the pre-conference mixer on Wednesday evening, and dinner on Thursday Evening.
All food provided by APHE will be vegetarian or vegan.
See below for scholarship information.

Registration is now open!  APHE members, log in to your account first (see upper right hand corner of the page) to receive the member discount.  We encourage others to become a member today!

Speakers and Topics
Dana Schultz Forming Partnerships to Offer Interactive Video Conferences in Your Community

Amie Waller and Laura Leonard Humane to the Core: Incorporating Common Core into Humane Education

Darya Ansari Real Stuff You Can Use..Like Tomorrow

Ingrid Norris Map It! Service Learning Campaign

Kris Haley Classroom Programs: An Expansive Model for the 21st century

Lisa Forzley City Critters: A Collaboration with Pre-Service Teachers

Justin Kurup You Better WERK: Proving Your Purpose through the Art of Selling Yourself

Susan Wallace From Anecdotes to Data Sets: The Long and Winding Road to Program Evaluation

Pei-Feng Su Lessons from a Pioneering Humane Education Program in China

Erin Comaskey Meeting Your Community's Needs: Creating Effective Programming Using the Humane Education Frameworks of Social Change

Valerie Ingram Got Cats? Education Powers Large Scale TNR Project in Small, Rural Northern Community

Deb Matlock Ecological Identity

Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund
APHE members in good standing for at least eight months may apply for financial assistance to attend the conference from the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund. To be eligible, applicants must have joined APHE no later than August 23, 2014. Completed applications are due Monday, February 23, 2015.

As a non-profit organization, APHE funds this scholarship program through generous donations and through the auction at the conference (see the Dinner and Benefit Auction section below). Any auction items that you or your organization can provide or solicit to assist the next generation of scholarship recipients would be greatly appreciated. Please contact if you have something you wish to donate.
Conference Location and Lodging Information
The conference will take place at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, 60 E. 5th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. Located in the Mill Avenue District.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center is offering APHE attendees a discounted rate of $159.00 per night. Stay includes free airport shuttles and parking.

click here to reserve your room

Overflow Hotel Information:
Courtyard Marriot
601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe,AZ 85281
Please identify yourself as apart of the APHE room block.

Pre-Conference Workshop Information
APHE is excited to offer our conference attendees an optional pre-conference workshop on Compassion Fatigue Wednesday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the conference hotel.

This workshop will explore the reasons why we do this work – what we love and and what’s hard about it, the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout, and provide a variety of tools and strategies to sustain our involvement in a challenging field. Participants will leave with knowledge about stressors, how to focus on what satisfies us personally, and walk away with the ability to build a self-care plan.

The Workshop includes materials and snacks.

Workshop Cost: $30 per person
Visit the workshop event page to register.

Excursion Information

APHE is excited to offer our conference attendees an optional
excursion to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Wednesday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Southwest Wildlife rescues native wildlife that have lost their homes to development, or are found injured, orphaned, or abandoned. When possible, the animals in their care are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Those animals that can not survive in the wild can live out their lives at the accredited sanctuary. Southwest Wildlife is also an official holding facility for the Mexican gray wolf recovery program, a critically endangered species.

The Excursion includes transportation, boxed lunch and a guided tour of the facility.

Excursion Cost: $50 per person
Visit the excursion event page to register.

Sharing Corral
Conference attendees have the opportunity to showcase their new and innovative programs, lessons and resources at the sharing corral. Participants will display information and talk to attendees during the morning break and lunch on Thursday, April 23.

Sharing Corral Application

Ship and Display Handling Application

Vendor Opportunities
Do you have something that you would like to sell at the conference? Apply for a vendor booth! Vendor booths will be open to attendees during breaks and lunch.

Vendor Application

Dinner and Benefit Auction
Join us on Thursday, April 23 for a complimentary dinner along with silent and live auctions to benefit the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund. Quality humane education materials as well as fun items in a range of prices will be included.

Keynote speaker: Phil Arkow, National Link Coalition Coordinator

Contributions from individuals, businesses, andorganizations are critical to the success of the benefit auction. The valuable and unique items contributed from around the country are what make this auction so special. APHE encourages its members to solicit donations or to donate your special purchases to help raise money for this vital cause.
- auction information and donation form in Word or PDF
- sample letter to solicit donations in Word or PDF
- auction donation information only (PDF)
- donation form only (PDF)

If you would like to volunteer to help with setting up the auction, conducting the auction, or cleaning up after the auction, please contact us at
Refund Policy
  • All cancellations, refund requests and registration transfers must be communicated to the conference coordinators at
  • Registration transfers are allowed. They must be coordinated by the individuals involved and the names of those involved must be communicated to the conference coordinators before the start of the conference.
  • If a cancellation is required:
    • A full refund minus a $25 processing fee up until 10 days before the first day of theconference can be requested. First day of the conference is defined as the day thepresentations start.
    • After that time, a 50% refund will be given up until 24 hours before the first day of theconference with notification to the conference coordinators.
    • After the 24-hour window, no refunds will be given.
  • With any cancellations, a CD or other formats of distribution of the conference materials can be sent, if requested.
  • No refunds for the excursion will be given. However, excursion fees can be transferred to someone else in the case of cancellation. If this needs to occur, the conference coordinator must be notified before the excursion.


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