The 2022 FNEP Annual Symposium


Theme: Disturbance & Renewal
Memorial Day Weekend | May 28th – 30th
Eagle Hill Institute | Steuben, Maine

Disturbance is around us and in us. It is an inevitable process in natural systems. It can uproot our personal and professional lives. It can trigger radical or imperceptible changes. It can be met with resilience, resistance, or redirection. Renewal, in some form, follows disturbance. This year, we’ll apply our FNEP minds to the flux of nature and our lived experiences.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday PM
– Arrival & Orientation to Eagle Hill Institute & Coastal Maine | 3 PM
– Field Explorations | Onsite
– “Hot Topics” Alumni Evening Presentations

Sunday AM
– Bird Walks
– Alumni Presentations
– Roundtable Discussions
– FNEP Program Update

Sunday PM
– Keynote Presentation & Activities | Tom Wessels
– Storytelling & “Nugget” Night
– Bonfire & Music

Monday AM
– Bird Walks
– Conclusions
– Field Walks | Offsite

Keynote Program | Tom Wessels

Coevolution: A Model for Sustainability

This program will delve into the scientific principles of self-organization and coevolution. Self-organization works to create systems that are energy efficient, stable and resilient. We will then examine how this process happens in ecosystems through evolutionary time via coevolution creating biologically diverse ecosystems with robust networks of mutually beneficial relationships. 

After gaining a theoretical foundation we will then discuss human systems from the perspective of coevolution to see ways we can create a far more sustainable future. We’ll then head into the field to find examples of coevolved, mutually beneficial interrelationships.

Solicitation for Presentations & Field Walks

Does disturbance or renewal resonate with you? Whether personal, professional, or somewhere in between, the FNEP community would benefit from your contribution. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length, and will be followed by small-group problem-solving discussions to explore the ideas and prompts raised therein. We’re also seeking leaders for informal field walks focused on local coastal forest or marine shore ecology. You may propose a presentation or field walk during registration, or email us with your interest shortly thereafter.


Registration & Lodging Details & Rates

  • All meals are included with the cost of registration (dietary restrictions can be accommodated).
  • Lodging ranges from private rooms to shared cabins to tenting.
  • Lodging is limited. Participants staying both nights will be accommodated first.
  • If you’re happy tenting, we encourage you to select this option. Restroom and shower facilities will be available.
  • Registration fees subsidize admission for current students.
  • Significant others, families, and non-alumni are welcome! 
  • Alumni and their significant others/families will have priority for lodging.
  • There is shared floor space in the main lodge for sleeping, if desired, in lieu of tenting.
  • There are many Airbnb options within an hour’s drive of Eagle Hill.

Full Conference Attendance: Saturday – Monday (Sat. & Sun. Night Lodging)

  • $225 | Private room in cabin or main lodge
  • $195 | Shared room in cabin
  • $165 | Tenting or no lodging needed

Sunday & Monday Attendance Only (Sun. Night Lodging Only, if Available)

  • $125 | Private room
  • $115 | Shared room in cabin
  • $105 | Tenting or no lodging needed

Additional Details

Volunteers, Please
Many hands make light work! You can indicate your willingness to volunteer on the registration form. We’re looking for a handful of people who would like to contribute 1-2 hours of support before or during the conference with tasks TBD.

Financial Assistance
Please let us know if financial assistance would help you to attend this event (email

Cancellation Policy
Refunds cannot be guaranteed if cancellation occurs within 30 days of the event, except in the case of COVID-related concerns. If the event is canceled for any reason, registration fees will be fully refunded.

COVID-19 Requirements
Per current requirements of Eagle Hill Institute, all participants must be fully vaccinated or show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Masks are required indoors when not eating. These requirements are subject to change based on the updated policies at Eagle Hill Institute.

Registration Deadline
Please register by March 1st. Remember, lodging is first-come, first-serve, so don’t delay!

Since most folks will be attending from far away, here’s a tool for participants to find a ride to Eagle Hill and back!

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Presentation Abstracts

Coming in March

Field Walk Abstracts

Coming in March