Events

May 30, 2018 to June 1, 2018
Chippewa Nature Center
Midland, MI
In partnership with the teachers at Chippewa Nature Center's Nature Preschool, this 3-day workshop (May 30-June 1, 2018) is designed for early childhood educators looking to learn more about the nature-based approach and ways to incorporate those practices into their daily teaching. The workshop will be held at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI and include significant time to observe the nature preschool teachers and students in action.
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
Marshall, NC
The Natural Wonder Summit is a very special gathering. More than straightforward conference, the 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.
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 10, 2018 to June 14, 2018
Prescott College
Prescott, AZ
Explore the research supporting the developmental benefits to children's exposure to nature. Develop standards-based ECE activities that they can implement immediately in their setting. Consider new ways to create the space young people need to have positive nature experiences. Identify community resources to promote children's access to nature-based activities. Discuss models for assessing outcomes and advocating for nature-based activities in the home.
June 18, 2018 to June 19, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, CO
What does science instruction look like for our youngest learners? This workshop introduces ways to incorporate problem based learning strategies into all of the routines of your early childhood classoom. Explore hands-on materials in a way that fuels curiosity and leads to authentic questions and learn how to plan investigations that incorporate art, math and literacy. These new strategies and tools will transform how you teach science and inspire your students!
June 19, 2018
NH Fish and Game Headquarters
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, 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.
June 20, 2018
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland, OH
Go on a field trip with our CMNH Naturalists to various natural areas & parks. Explore activities from the Museum’s new edition of the Nature in the City curriculum guide. Receive a FREE copy of the Nature in the City activity guide – adaptable for grades PreK - 5!
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.
June 25, 2018 to June 26, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, CO
What young child doesn’t enjoy collecting sticks and rocks while they are out for a walk? Learn how to put that natural curiosity to work using engaging opportunities for science inquiry. Join us to explore City Park and experience nature firsthand with hands-on investigations and ways to create authentic connections between home and school. This unique teacher professional development opportunity is sure to pique your curiosity as well!
July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
The ECO Institute provides inquiry-based, outdoor learning through intensive experiential lessons, activities, and discussions. Led by NBNC staff and partners, participants will move beyond the classroom and engage with nature as a learning partner. Participants will develop a nature pedagogy and learn to incorporate VELS, NGSS, and Common Core into their design of nature immersion curricula. *Graduate credit is offered through Castleton University and the Castleton Center for Schools. Our ECO level 1 course for early childhood educators introduces participants to the core routines that structure a successful outdoor classroom experience. Participants will: Engage in provocations and learning around forest classroom management, foundational math and literacy skill development outdoors, teaching with fire, and meeting VELS in partnership with natural spaces. Learn how to conduct risk benefit assessments and manage hazards within an outdoor classroom space. Develop a knowledge base and skill set to incorporate nature immersion into your program in a way that meets the needs of your students.
July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018
Shelburne, VT
Enrich your early childhood curriculum using the Farm as your classroom and sustainability as your lens.
July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark,
The Nordic Outdoor Model of Education study tour happening this July featuring Udeskole and Friluftsliv environments, forest kindergartens, nature playgrounds and adventure playgrounds. Explore with the NOME!
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?
August 1, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
Join nature-based early childhood professionals from around the world for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking! The Natural Start Alliance, the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, and the Northern Illinois Nature Preschools Association are combining their 2018 professional conferences into an international event for all who work with young children and value nature-based education. Claire Warden, author, education consultant, and CEO of Claire Warden Ltd. will deliver the conference’s keynote address.
August 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
North Vancouver, Canada,
We're offering five days of wonder-full professional development for teachers, early childhood educators, and those who are curious about forest school philosophy, teaching techniques, and hands-on activities. Join us for the full 5 days to learn about philosophy and teaching techniques, or join us for the weekend only to practice your forest school skills.
October 22, 2018 to May 27, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Dive into ‘loose parts play,’ nature games, and storytelling that you can use right away. Explore creative and cost-effective approaches to setting up your outdoor nature play space. We can help you make it happen! There are six 2018–2019 one-day workshops to choose from.
November 19, 2018 to March 25, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Explore how story-telling and games connect children to nature. Reflect on your experiences, and learn approaches and language that will help you build support for your outdoor practice with fellow educators and parents. There are two 2018-2018 workshops to choose from.
December 10, 2018 to June 10, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Get ready to go deep in assessing the benefits of risk in the outdoors and how to build adventure into your day. Learn how to use tools with children, and how you can incorporate risk benefit assessment into daily routines. There are two 2018-2019 workshops to choose from.