Experiential Learning Leadership Institute

ELLI Annual Conference 2018

Don't just attend a conference, have an experience!

On June 25-28, 2018 we invite you to join us in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ for a three-and-a-half day conference for educators in experiential, engaged, and project-based learning (K-12, Higher Education, non-profit). Participants will network and share their latest innovations, scholarship, and great ideas.

Our theme for 2018 is Experience a World of Learning

The conference includes an experiential education excursion to one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon! It also features active-learning sessions, fascinating break outs, and our famous and fun "PechaKucha" sessions!

Check out what else makes the ELLI Conference different!

Invite a guest: Guest Registration includes all meals provided to conference attendees and participation in the Grand Canyon Excursion. Add-on excursions are available and may be purchased for an additional fee.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018

Active Learning Excursions

In addition to the Grand Canyon, experience the best of Flagstaff and the surrounding area! We have created experiences that get you out of a classroom and into the rich and beautiful culture of the Flagstaff area. See the excursions we have planned this year.

Pre-Conference for K12 and the Experiential Education Academy

This year we will be offering a pre-conference program specifically designed for K-12 educators. Those who complete this engaging and hands-on program will receive an Institutional Certificate from the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning at Southern Utah University.

As always, participants can join our pre-conference sessions and earn as many as one-third of their requirements to be admitted as a graduate of the prestigious Experiential Education Academy hosted by the National Society for Experiential Education.

Our Location

Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round with its spacious vistas and delightfully cool, clean mountain air with highs in the 70's at this time in June. History buffs will delight in the Route 66 nostalgia and the museums and attractions dedicated to Flagstaff's Native American culture and old west legacy. Those who like to hit the town will have a hard time choosing between all of the locally-owned shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries in historic downtown. 


ELLI 2018 is sponsored and hosted by Southern Utah University and co-hosted by the National Society for Experiential Education and the Northern Arizona University Honors College


Images from past conferences

Ropes course excursion at ELLI 2017
Hiking in Bryce Canyon 2016
Conference attendees on an excursion in 2017
Pre-excursion orientation at ELLI 2016
A session at ELLI 2017
Conference participants making s'mores at ELLI 2017