Events

July 11, 2017
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne, VT
Are you looking for new ways to connect your program to the community outside of your classroom? Join us at the Farm for hands-on, interdisciplinary activities and explore ways in which these can be adapted to your own learning community. Connect with other early childhood professionals to share best practices over these four days in a picturesque setting, leaving you energized and inspired to create even more meaningful opportunities and experiences within your program.
July 12, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. NCYGS 2017 attendees will have the opportunity to explore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during four dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. July 12 will feature optional pre-symposium trips, while July 13-15 will comprise the main body of the symposium. Experience the vibrant gardening and environmental culture of the green Pacific Northwest. Share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation.
July 23, 2017 to July 26, 2017
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. Meet two days in interest groups with people engaged in similar work and one day in a mixed group of professions to expand connections.
July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017
North Branch Nature Center
Montpelier, VT
This five-day standards based nature immersion course is geared for PreK-12 teachers, assistants, aides and administrators. During the week, a leadership team of professional nature immersion specialists guides teachers in direct application of outdoor classroom routines as well as ways to incorporate NGSS and Common Core into those routines. NOTE: this week in July (considered Session 2) is specifically recommended for preschool teachers. Session 1 is held June 26-30.
August 3, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Seattle, WA
The 2017 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference will be held on August 3-5 at Seattle University in the heart of Seattle. Join us for engaging sessions, diverse site tours, professional networking, and connecting with nature.
October 7, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Raintree School
2100 S. Mason Rd
St. Louis, MO 63131
It's back again -- The 2nd Annual Forest School Congress of the Midwest! And this fall, we're spending the night in the forest with 120 of our favorite experiential educators and forest school practitioners. Bring your tent and sleeping bag - we're camping in the woodland for two beautiful fall days filled with fire making, tool making, storytelling, the theory and practice of forest school, and more! Experiential educators of every grade level, preschool through highschool, and forest school teachers of every skill level are invited to attend this year's micro-retreat.