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Sunday, April 2, 2017


COABE Conference Attendees: Sign up to take this exclusive tour of the Greatest Space Adventure on Earth!


  • When: Sunday, April 2, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Lunch with Astronaut: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
  • How: Bus transportation to and from the Coronado Spring Resort to Kennedy space Center in Brevard County, Florida (about a 45 minute bus trip)
  • Cost: $105 per person

"Flip Flops and Flamingos" Welcome Reception
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Please join us as we welcome everyone to the “Sunshine State” and the 2017 COABE/ACE Conference in Orlando, Florida. This reception will be a great opportunity to network with other adult educators and reconnect with colleagues from all over the country. On Sunday, April 2, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., ACE of Florida is hosting the “Flip Flops and Flamingos” Welcome Reception.  The live band will be playing Jimmy Buffett music and light hors d’ oeuvres will be served.  We encourage everyone to get into the spirit and wear flip flops or sandals, your best tacky tourist outfit and kick back Florida style.  Door prizes will be awarded for the best outfits. 

  • Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 per person

Sponsored by ACE of Florida

President's Reception
Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday evening’s President’s Reception will take place at the Veracruz Hall where you can meet the Presidents who have helped shape the COABE organization.  Hors’ d’oeuvres will be served! Dining and entertainment will be provided.


  • Monday, April 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 per person

Sponsored by GED Testing Service

House of Blues
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Blues Brothers will be performing live to the music of a 9-piece band, followed by a meet & greet!  Dinner will be served and there will be live music playing throughout the night.  So please join us for a great night of music, dancing, food, & fun!


  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Transportation will be provided
  • Attendee $25, Guest $50

Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


COABE Conference Attendees: Sign up to take the exclusive tour of one of Florida's unique attractions.

For more than 60 years, Gatorland has been creating Fun, Smiles, and Special Memories for millions of visitors who have entered through its world-famous gator mouth entrance.

Gatorland is one of Central Florida's classic attractions, and provides a unique and natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today. Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining "Old Florida" charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment, making us Orlando's best half day attraction®.

Known internationally as the "Alligator Capital of the World ®," Gatorland provides affordable family fun showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic "white" alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, and natural alligator breeding marsh, will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!


  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m. (3-4 hour tour)
  • Bus transportation to and from Coronado Springs resort included
  • Attendee $45, Guest $45