Events

December 9, 2017 to February 24, 2018
Rocky River Nature Center
North Olmsted, OH
This three-part speakers series, one event each month in December 2017, January 2018, and February 2018 covers various topics regarding nature-based preschools: December 9: Author Rachel Larimore, "Nature-Based Preschools: Exploring the Natural Advantage" January 13: Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Maine at Farmington, Patti Ensel Bailie, PhD, "Helping Children Develop an Ecological Identity" February 24: Executive Director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS), Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, "Muddy Hands, Open Hearts: Understanding the Value of Play in Nature Preschools"
January 26, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers as they provide play-based nature education for children from birth to age 8 and their families in those institutions. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Jan.26, Feb.23, April 27, 2018 are required for completion.
January 27, 2018 to March 24, 2018
Dallas Zoo
Dallas, TX
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and early childhood educators as they provide nature play-based early learning opportunities for young children and their families in those institutions and programs. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society, which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, 2018 are required for completion.
January 27, 2018
Terrebonne, OR
This winter, spend two days (January 27th and February 3rd) at Smith Rock State Park for a special training for preschool educators. The training will increase your confidence and capacity to lead your students in outdoor exploration and learning. We’ll spend plenty of time engaging in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, networking with colleagues, and learning about the wealth of community resources for exploring the natural world with young children. Participants will take home Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum.
January 27, 2018
Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
Holderness, NH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, are supplementary educational programs for young learners designed to connect children ages 3 – 7 with nature and wildlife. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to sample activities from both programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
February 2, 2018
Bronx, NY
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and early childhood educators as they provide nature play-based early learning opportunities for young children and their families in those institutions and programs.. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society, which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Feb 2, Mar 16, Apr 27, 2018 are required for completion.
February 3, 2018
Terrebonne, OR
This winter, spend two days (January 27th and February 3rd) at Smith Rock State Park for a special training for preschool educators. The training will increase your confidence and capacity to lead your students in outdoor exploration and learning. We’ll spend plenty of time engaging in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, networking with colleagues, and learning about the wealth of community resources for exploring the natural world with young children. Participants will take home Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum.
February 10, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Greenville Zoo
Greenville, SC
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and early childhood educators as they provide nature play-based early learning opportunities for young children and their families in those institutions and programs. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society, which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Feb 10, Mar 10, May 19, 2018 are required for completion.
February 10, 2018
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Philadelphia, PA
Join us at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for a day of nature-based training! Workshop topics include: nature-based art experiences, crafting, seasonal outdoor activities, understanding healthy risk in play, and more! A mix of hands-on indoor and outdoor sessions provide an engaging way for teachers to discover the many ways nature-based learning can enhance child development. Please note our snow date: 2/17.
February 14, 2018
Kellogg Environmental Center
Derby, CT
Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature inviting them to explore the world around them. All Growing Up WILD activities address the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards and Head Start Domains.
February 20, 2018
Butler SWCD Office
Hamilton, OH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is Project WILD's early childhood education activity guide. It builds on the learning styles and interests of young children to foster an interest and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world around them. By attending this interactive, hands-on workshop designed to help you integrate nature and wildlife into your everyday lessons, you will receive a free copy of Growing Up WILD.
February 24, 2018
Pleasant Run Church of Christ Day Care
Cincinnati, OH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is Project WILD's early childhood education activity guide. It builds on the learning styles and interests of young children to foster an interest and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world around them. By attending this interactive, hands-on workshop designed to help you integrate nature and wildlife into your everyday lessons, you will receive a free copy of Growing Up WILD.
March 7, 2018
Kellogg Environmental Center
Derby, CT
New pre-school based education materials designed to help the very young explore the science of water. Age appropriate materials are provided in this hands-on workshop for the childcare provider. Activities connect to NAEYC standards. Develop physical skills, literacy and understanding of the natural world through water investigations and play.
March 9, 2018
Shelburne, VT
Spend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more!
March 13, 2018
World House Community Supported Education at the Pearlstone Center
Reisterstown, MD
Discover ways that nature-based learning enhances skill development during a hands-on day of training! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. This training features two tracks: one for educators working with children ages 4-7 years old, the other for educators working with children ages 7-10 years old. Throughout the day, you can choose which sessions are the most useful to you.
March 16, 2018
Bronx, NY
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and early childhood educators as they provide nature play-based early learning opportunities for young children and their families in those institutions and programs.. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society, which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Feb 2, Mar 16, Apr 27, 2018 are required for completion.
April 7, 2018
Rainbow Community School
Asheville, NC
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH and Rachel Larimore, Founder, Chippewa Nature Preschool, Midland, MI.
April 8, 2018 to April 11, 2018
Clemson, NC
Nature Based & Outdoor Play – The faces of play are often wet, muddy, and sun-glistened from hours spent outdoors. Focus on play in nearby and far away nature–backyards, parks, creeks, lakes, trails, wetlands, and beyond.
April 9, 2018 to April 14, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
NatureStart™ is a professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers as they provide play-based nature education for children from birth to age 8 and their families in those institutions. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings.
April 14, 2018
Georgia Project WILD
Mansfield, GA
This workshop will explore both the Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculums. The Growing Up WILD Curriculum Guide contains 27 hands-on, multi-disciplinary and instructionally sound educational activities for 3-7 year olds. The Project WILD curriculums contains 154 hands-on, minds-on activities for grade K-12th.
April 14, 2018 to April 15, 2018
Asheville, NC
Do you want to better understand the role of healthy play in a young child’s developing relationship to nature? Do you wish you could feel more calm and adept at handling children’s risky play? Join us in celebration of the genius of children’s natural play! The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, School of Integrated Living, and local partners invite you to join in an exciting weekend of hands-on, research-based, and anecdotal learning. The weekend conference is hosted at Earthaven Ecovillage. As always, the conference will be infused with songs, games, stories, and deeper nature connection. Reaching Nature Connection (RNC) is an annual, outdoor conference based on forest schools, wilderness awareness, and early childhood education. Participants will be linked to a diverse group of outdoor educators. This conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschoolers, camp counselors, and parents. Reaching Nature Connection offers an opportunity to set your watch aside and allow the leaders of the conference to hold time for you. The rhythm of each day is designed to move between active and contemplative learning, with a thematic thread running throughout. We will flow between lecture, discussion, and hands-on components. CEUs are offered through Antioch University Santa Barbara.
April 14, 2018
Frog Pond Early Learning Center
Alexandria, VA
This retreat explores how children develop a foundation of academic skills and values through playful nature-based learning. Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based preschool programs. This event is for educators, child care providers, and administrators who serve children ages 3-6 years old.
April 21, 2018
Eyes of the World Discovery Center,
Kittery, ME
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: Anne Stires, Founder, Lead Teacher, Juniper Hill School for Place-based Education, Alna Maine and Susan Dreyer Leon, Chair, Department of Education, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
April 27, 2018
Bronx, NY
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and early childhood educators as they provide nature play-based early learning opportunities for young children and their families in those institutions and programs.. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society, which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Feb 2, Mar 16, Apr 27, 2018 are required for completion.
April 27, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers as they provide play-based nature education for children from birth to age 8 and their families in those institutions. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Jan.26, Feb.23, April 27, 2018 are required for completion.
April 28, 2018
Teton Science School
Jackson, WY
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: Dr. Deb Carter, Boise State University, Boise, ID and David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH.
May 2, 2018
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Join this annual professional development event geared toward enabling access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for early childhood (birth through age 8). Keynote David Sobel will focus on innovations in nature play for early childhood and early elementary age groups. Through interactive workshops, you will be inspired to push beyond your comfort zones to expand your concept of nature play and come away with hands-on ideas that can be immediately integrated into work with young children. Sessions will be led by a variety of early childhood and environmental experts.
May 2, 2018
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL
Join this annual professional development event geared toward enabling access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for early childhood (birth through age 8). Keynote David Sobel will focus on innovations in nature play for early childhood and early elementary age groups. Through interactive workshops, you will be inspired to push beyond your comfort zones to expand your concept of nature play and come away with hands-on ideas that can be immediately integrated into work with young children.
May 5, 2018
Common Ground Environmental Education Center
New Haven, CT
Discover ways that nature-based learning enhances skill development during a hands-on day of training! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. This training features two tracks for educators working with children ages 3-5 years old and 5-7 years old. Throughout the day, you can choose which sessions are the most useful to you.
May 19, 2018
The Academy School
Brattleboro, VT
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: Amy Butler, Education Director, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, Vermont and Martin Besford, Head of Highway Farm Activity Center, Redruth, Cornwall, UK
June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018
L&N STEM Academy
Knoxville, TN
The Early Learning Institute is an annual event held each summer and began in 2015. The mission of the institute is to create an intimate, supportive, professional context for early childhood educators and natural leaders to collaborate and share nature-based practices and thinking. The aim is to connect, inspire, and encourage a variety of educators as they explore and cultivate pedagogy surrounding nature-based play and opportunities for young children, their families, and early childhood practitioners.
June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Woodson Branch Nature School
Marshall, NC
More than straightforward conference, this Summit is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Feel the energy and kinship offered by others who have the same goals as you. Nestled less than an hour from Asheville, the Woodson Branch Nature School is in the beautiful back country of North Carolina. Our summit features sessions for educators working with children ages three through eight years old (preschool - 3rd grade). We are delighted to announce that Amy Butler, Director of Education at the North Branch Nature Center, is giving the keynote! Amy is the founder of Vermont's first forest preschool program at NBNC, and she also created a model program Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) for routine outdoor learning in VT public schools.
June 25, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Bishop, CA
The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers offers high quality, experiential, in-depth training and certification for current and up and coming early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature. In order to build a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, deep nature connection and naturalist skills, we provide an active, engaging, and transformational curriculum. The Academy's comprehensive teacher training program provides our students with the theoretical, practical skills, knowledge, and magic to become exceptional educators and mentors in the field. The Foundation Course is open to everyone, from beginners to seasoned naturalists and educators. This course lays the groundwork for those on a journey towards Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification. Level 1 participants may be experienced naturalists and educators. Level 1 also welcomes beginners, those with naturalist skills eager to understand early childhood development and practices, as well as those with an early childhood education background who want to develop naturalist skills to deepen their work. Early registration is advised. CEUs are offered through Antioch University Santa Barbara.
July 22, 2018 to July 25, 2018
Nebraska City, NE
Join with a growing community of natural outdoor classroom users and advocates to set intentions for positive growth and change. Gain practical ideas and inspiring information through presentations, hands-on activities, discussion groups and networking events, and meet with people engaged in similar work.
July 23, 2018 to July 26, 2018
Ferntop Nature Preschool
Fairview, TN
As educators, we need to slow down: watch children fill themselves with all the possibilities of learning with nature and to allow children the time for a childhood full of excitement and joy inside, outside, and beyond. Claire Warden's 6 Day Nature Pedagogy Course - Journeys Into Nature™ will change the way you work with children for the better. How do we truly integrate nature into all aspects of learning, whether we are indoors, outdoors or beyond? How do we ensure that children are having authentic and natural learning experiences? Why is learning in a natural context important?