Events

September 24, 2017 to September 29, 2017
Nevada City, CA
Recapture, within yourself, a sense of wholeness and belonging through deep nature play and the world-renowned nature activities of Joseph Cornell at this 5-day training and retreat. Experience the latest insights from Joseph's upcoming book, "Deep Nature Play: A Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning," and help others awaken their natural curiosity, childlike wonder, and enthusiasm.
October 7, 2017 to October 8, 2017
St. Louis, MO
Raintree School is hosting Vaskebjørn: 2nd Annual Forest School Congress of the Midwest- a gathering of educators aimed at promoting an informed, significant, and realistic change in education while sharing innovative approaches and research to enhance place-based learning in wild spaces. Join us this fall for a two-day outdoor extravaganza. Participants will enjoy a relaxing weekend to hone forest school practice, deepen understandings of the forest school pedagogy, and connect with fellow educators.
October 17, 2017 to October 21, 2017
San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Join early childhood educators at the leading annual conference for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices. The annual Research Symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress EE research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Natural Start Alliance will be there, so be sure not to miss this!
October 21, 2017
Symonds Elementary School
Keene, NH
Join us for a new, day-long conference of educators who are redefining what's possible in elementary education. As we build school programs around place-based social studies, outdoor science lessons, Forest Fridays and more, we're connecting children to the natural world, local communities and big ideas.
October 21, 2017 to October 23, 2017
Antioch New England
Keene, NH
Join us for an inspiring three days focused on how you can benefit from the emerging field of nature-based leadership—and put your knowledge to work for yourself and others. Leave refreshed and ready to bring the benefits of nature-based experiences to every facet of your life—at home, in relationships, at play and at work in settings as diverse as business, education, health care and organizational development. And join a growing worldwide community of people committed to reconnecting people with nature—for their own health and well being, and that of the Earth.
November 11, 2017
Painted Oak Nature School
Hopewell, NJ
Our hosts at the Painted Oak Nature School provide a lovely setting as we explore how children develop a foundation of academic skills and values through nature play. Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based preschool programs. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but please bring your canteen for drinks.
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.