Events Archive

March 25, 2017
The Nature Explore program will be partnering with St. Mark Lutheran Preschool in Charlottesville, VA to conduct two engaging hands-on workshops: Using Your Outdoor Classroom (9 a.m. - Noon) and Choosing Effective Indoor-Outdoor Materials (1 - 4 p.m.) Registration deadline: March 24, 2017. Limited space available so be sure to register early!
March 11, 2017
When a young child discovers a butterly, ant or bee they are immediately engaged. There is just something about insects that intrigue kids of all ages! Come and discover the amazing world of backyard insects, looking at colors, patterns, symmetry and more. Join us as we focus on playful explorations, literacy connections, and hands-on lesson ideas that you can use in your class tomorrow!
March 10, 2017 to March 11, 2017
Reaching Nature Connection is an annual outdoor conference based on forest schools, wilderness awareness, and early childhood education. The conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschool families, camp counselors, grandparents, and parents who have an interest in developmentally appropriate nature mentoring for children.
March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017
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 4, 2017
At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine, this 6 –hour early childhood educator workshop focuses on engaging students in winter wonders and children’s literature.
February 10, 2017
Fairy Dust Teaching’s annual online conference is jam packed with powerhouse sessions and speakers--with a number of sessions on nature-based learning. It's a great way to infuse your teaching practice with amazing inspiration and ideas from passionate professionals. Here's how it works: 15 Sessions will be released the first week of February, 3– 5 sessions a day. Watch them the day they are released OR at your convenience--with lifetime access.
January 28, 2017
Are you looking for ways to connect with the natural world around you in the coldest of months? Join educators Jed Norris and Linda Wellings as we meet at Pine Forest Children’s Center and head out into Burlington's South End to look for signs of animals active in the winter. Time will also be spent inside making curriculum connections and learning about activities for the classroom.
December 1, 2016
A joint Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree Early Childhood workshop is coming to Lancaster, NH on December 1. The workshop and accompanying guides will give you great tools and ideas for getting children ages 3 – 7 outdoors and connected to the natural environment.
November 19, 2016
This 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children.
November 19, 2016
Join Maine Audubon for a Growing Up WILD workshop at Maine Lake Science Center in Bridgton. This 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children.
November 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting session proposals for the second Nature Based Education Summer Institute. The Institute will occur Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24, 2017 at the University of Maine at Farmington. We hope to have sessions that will appeal to educators from early childhood to higher education, so please share the call widely with your professional network. Submissions will be accepted online at http://www2.umf.maine.edu/gradstudies/nbe/nbe_17/ until December 1st 2016.
October 19, 2016 to October 22, 2016
NAAEE's upcoming annual conference in Madison is not to be missed! Register NOW! Lots of early childhood sessions, a chance to meet the Natural Start Alliance staff, plus a special lunch-time eePRO Early Childhood Group Meeting on Friday!
October 15, 2016
One day to change your view of education forever! Join Forest School enthusiasts/leaders from around the Midwest, as we collaborate to reconnect children to their wild communities.
October 15, 2016
Join Maine Audubon for a Growing Up WILD workshop in Dover-Froxcroft. This 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children.
October 15, 2016
Raintree School in St. Louis, MO is hosting Vaskebjorn: 1st 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. By showcasing all the Midwest has to offer and highlighting the richness and depth of learning that can be attained through this approach, attendees will leave inspired and equipped for teaching in this vital time for our planet. Renowned author David Sobel and Raintree faculty will address key issues in place-based learning and forest kindergarten.
October 15, 2016
Raintree School in St. Louis is hosting Vaskebjørn: 1st 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. By showcasing all the Midwest has to offer and highlighting the richness and depth of learning that can be attained through this approach, attendees will leave inspired and equipped for teaching in this vital time for our planet.
September 18, 2016 to September 23, 2016
Become re-energized and re-inspired with one of the most dynamic and effective approaches to nature education on the planet. Learn how to make learning fun, experiential, and memorable through the world renowned nature activities and teaching methods of Joseph Cornell--in Nevada City, CA.
August 18, 2016
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to sample activities from both WILD and PLT's programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
August 15, 2016 to August 17, 2016
The Nature-Based Preschool National Conference brings professionals together from around the country to advance the movement to use nature to improve early childhood education, and to create a community for this new and growing profession. This year's conference will be held at the Dodge Nature Center and Preschool in the heart of Minnesota's Twin Cities. In addition to sessions, featured speakers, and tours of Dodge Nature Center's Preschool and farm, we'll also take field trips to local nature-based preschools, which abound in the Twin Cities area. So, save the date, and we'll see you in St. Paul! CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS-DEADLINE FEBRUARY 29: http://naturalstart.org/call-presenters
July 30, 2016
Join us for one of USEE's Professional Development Workshops and experience both Project Learning Tree Early Childhood activities and Growing Up WILD (preK-2) in Price, Utah, 10am to 2pm. Cost: $45 and eligible for USOE credit.