The American Ecological Engineering Society’s mission is to promote the development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both by fostering education and outreach, extending professional development and associations, raising public awareness, and encouraging original research. Southwest Virginia is a hotspot for aquatic biodiversity and outdoor recreation. Attendees are encouraged to bring hiking boots, hip waders, and mountain bikes!

Enroll early to take advantage of the Early Bird rates that end after April 15, 2024.

Fee Information

Package Participant Types

Early Bird
On/Before 4/15/24


1. AEES Member
2. Non-AEES Member
3. One Day Registrant
4. AEES Member Student
5. Non-AEES Member Student
6. One Day Student






Location Information

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Lodging Deadline: April 28, 2024 for the price of $139


May 29-31, 2024

Additional Information

The following tours are available on Wednesday, May 29th. You will be promped during the registration process to select your preference.

  • StREAM Lab – 15 Years Post-Restoration:Tour the StREAM Lab @ Virginia Tech approximately 15 years post restoration. The StREAM Lab is an outdoor laboratory with over 1.3 km of streams and floodplains.  This facility provides faculty and students with unique opportunities to concurrently conduct research, education, and outreach just kilometers from campus. Please select this option if you sign up for the Ecological Designer Workshop.
  • Sustainable Waste & Living Materials Management: Learn about innovative research ranging from sustainable waste management, by-product use and management, and sustainable living materials. 
  • Mussel Restoration Efforts: Southwestern Virginia is global biodiversity hotspot for freshwater mussels, with over 54 species.  Visit laboratories in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation department focused on saving our native mussels and utilizing their filtering abilities to improve water quality in urban streams.
  • Virginia Tech Stormwater Management Facilities: Tour our campus stormwater management facilities and learn what works and what could use improvement. The tour will be led by members of the Virginia Tech Site and Infrastructure Development team who manage our MS4 permit.

The following tour is available on Friday, May 31st.

  • New River and Sinking Creek: Visit one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River, and the adjacent karst tributary, Sinking Creek. The tour will visit multiple locations along the New River, including McCoy Falls, where the river cuts through a major ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, and at Eggleston, where bedrock palisades flank the bank of the river.  Also included is a stop at Sinking Creek, where at times the entire 20-m width stream disappears underground, leading to the growth of trees in the channel and where construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is affecting the stream.
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