Events

June 25, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Hamline University
St. Paul, MN
Hamline University is accepting registration for a summer class, entitled "Art, nature and the young child" offered from June 25 through Aug 4. This course will help teachers and parents consider ways to combine art and nature in early childhood experiences. With art as our focus, we will investigate current research and best practices in early childhood development. Using hands-on and multi-sensory activities, we will create a set of resources to share with each other. The course is online, with two field site visits required. If you are not located in MN, the instructor will work with you to identify appropriate sites to visit in your area. Cost for participation is $354/credit. This course may be taken on its own, or as part of Hamline's certificate in nature-based early learning. for information about the course or the certificate, contact pselly01@hamline.edu
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?
July 24, 2018
Ricketts Glen State Park
Benton, PA
Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood are supplementary environmental education curricula specially developed for use with young children. Both provide educators with nature related activities on a wide variety of subjects, mainly focusing on forests and wildlife.
July 24, 2018
Little Rock, AR
The PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood activities encourage young children to explore the senses, the seasons, and neighborhood trees. The activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and engagement by incorporating music and movement using an accompanying music CD.
July 25, 2018
Maine Lakes Environmental Association
Bridgton, ME
Attend this workshop and receive a free Growing Up WILD guide! Growing Up WILD is a resource that is invaluable for early childhood professionals. With growing recognition of the need for young children to spend time outdoors, this guide provides practical suggestions for planning activities that are developmentally appropriate and includes all educational domains.
July 27, 2018 to July 30, 2018
Juniper Hill School
Alna, ME
Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education is offering a 4-day summer workshop taught primarily by the school’s founder and director, Anne Stires, with local naturalists and additional teachers highlighted for key activities and concepts. The workshop will provide participants with a strong baseline from which to delve deeper into outdoor- and community-based schooling for prekindergarten- and kindergarten-aged children.
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 2, 2018
Pleasant Ridge Branch Library
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. A variety of activities build positive impressions of nature while aiding children's cognitive growth and development.
August 6, 2018 to August 8, 2018
Northeast, OH
Three Days in the Wet and Wild: Project Wild, Growing up Wild, Project Wet, Project Wild Aquatic (K-12) and Wonders of Wetlands, are tested innovative curriculum, teaching ecology, wildlife and water resource principles that are correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards. Participants of this workshop will engage in co-operative,
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.