Events Archive

June 22, 2017
NH Fish and Game Headquarters
Concord, NH
Join us for a joint Project WILD and Project Learning Tree Workshop. If you are looking for quick activities to do with your summer or after school program this workshop is for you. We will be doing activities that can be done outside and help reinforce ecological concepts in a fun way. While this workshop is designed for use in camp, nature center, or after school programs, it is appropriate also for the classroom teacher. You will receive a copy of each guide. This workshop is being supported by EETAP through a grant from National Project Learning Tree. Workshop limit 20 attendees.
June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 15, 2017 to June 16, 2017
The Riverside Project
Charles Town, WV 25414
A two-day professional and personal opportunity for parents, teachers and mentors of children to learn how to apply the ethical framework of permaculture to design and implement place-based and community-oriented education based on the ethos: I am curious to learn about how our relationship with nature’s patterns weaves people and places together to nourish life. This course illuminates ways that permaculture can be applied to all aspects of teaching and weaves in best practices of both implicit and explicit permaculture methods as essential elements of your educational design. Therefore, it is not exclusively for outdoor, nature or garden educators, but rather is an opportunity for any educator working at any level, in any environment or specializing in any subject to learn how to integrate ethical, natural thinking tools, techniques and methods into children's education.
June 12, 2017
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne, VT
Hey early childhood educators! Come experience the Farm’s garden, forest, or farm animals and explore how to utilize them to help your students connect to the land wherever they are. You’ll discover how to bring these connections back to your classroom and everyday curriculum for place-based learning at its best! Choose your track for the day to fully immerse yourself. Each track offers endless opportunities for learning!
June 12, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Chippewa Nature Center
Midland, MI
This 4-day workshop, facilitated by CNC’s Nature Preschool staff and Rachel Larimore, author of Establishing A Nature-Based Preschool, will provide educators the information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum. Participants will also observe Nature Preschool children and staff in a typical day of the program. Certificates or SCECHs are available.
June 9, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Irvine Nature Center
Owings Mills, MD
Nature-based preschools are re-focusing the lens on early childhood education. Join us for the sixth annual conference to address the unique benefits and challenges of nature-based curriculum in early childhood programs. Attendees will participate in engaging workshops under the following strands: Nature Immersion and Wild Nature Play, Nature-based Learning in Urban Settings, and Best Practices and Curricula in Nature Preschools.
June 6, 2017
Go Fish Education Center
Perry, GA
This educator workshop includes Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, an early childhood education activity guide 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, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills.
June 3, 2017
Leila Day Nurseries
New Haven, CT
Join Antioch New England’s 2017 In Bloom in New Haven conference and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. Keynotes are Ellen Doris, Faculty of Antioch University New England; Juliet Robertson, Director of Creative Star Learning in Scotland, speaking about “Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors;” and Anne Stires, founder and director of Juniper Hill School in Alna, Maine, whose talk is titled, “Following Chipmunks and Feeding the Fire: How Nature-based Curriculum Unfolds.”
June 3, 2017
The Morton Arboretum
Thornhill Education Center
Join us at The Morton Arboretum on June 3rd, 2017, as we explore the many benefits of nature-based early childhood education. Learn from experts and peers in the field through sessions geared towards early childhood educators, students of early childhood education, and administrators. Discover how to incorporate nature into your educational practice and get tried-and-true ideas for encouraging nature play and outdoor learning.
June 2, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Bath, ME
Join this retreat in Bath, Maine to learn to foster the holistic development of children and the creation of a more just, sustainable, and peaceful society. Deep Teaching – Growing Peace works with educators providing information, inspiration, and support for integrating experiences relating to peace, nature, and spiritual development into educational curricula and practices.
June 2, 2017 to June 3, 2017
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.
May 13, 2017
U of Earth Retreat Center
Graeagle, CA
Experience a profound sense of wholeness with nature and learn award-winning ways for sharing nature with others. You will learn The Sky and Earth Touched Me wellness exercises for personal renewal, rejuvenation, and communion with the Earth. And experience a vibrant sense of well-being and aliveness that will open your heart to all creation. In this workshop you will also discover • How to make outdoor learning fun, experiential, and memorable • Nature activities that make ecological concepts and attitude come alive • How to touch the heart as well as the mind • Flow Learning™—our outdoor teaching strategy—that gently, almost magically, guides you to uplifting nature experiences.*
May 11, 2017
Antioch University New England
Keene, NH
Join Antioch New England’s 2017 In Bloom in Keene conference and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. Keynotes are Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood, Annapolis, Maryland who will speak about “Crisis in the Kindergarten: An Urgent Need for Nature, Play, and Experiential Learning;” and Meghan Fitzgerald, Education Director of Tinkergarten, whose talk is titled: “Is Today a Tinkergarten Day?”
May 6, 2017
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Vaughan, OR, Canada,
Join us for a day in the forest celebrating play and nature. Our keynote speaker is Marlene Power, Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Marlene will be focusing on Forest and Nature-based learning in Canada and part of the keynote will include an audiovisual component with a video of what Forest and Nature School looks like in practice. After the keynote we invite participants to observe an EarthPlay pop up adventure playground in action! In addition there will be stations set up throughout the forest to visit and to play facilitated by Forest and Nature-based educators.
May 5, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Adelaide, Australia,
This Global Conference in Adelaide, Australia will be an opportunity for members and those interested in joining the Association to bring together research, thoughts, and experiences through engaging keynotes and experiential workshops on Nature Pedagogy. Join Board Members, Claire Warden, Anders Farstad, Doug Fargher, and Wendy Lee with national colleagues for two days of inspiration.
May 5, 2017
Yes, all the elements for meaningful learning are already right there in nature with no enhancement needed. But if you want to facilitate skill development in specific ways, then loose parts, tools and props can supplement outdoor learning experiences. This webinar explores a plethora of materials, tools and props with corresponding activities and processes that you will want to try!
May 4, 2017
You know that natural play spaces have significant benefits for young children. But how do you go about creating one? This is a quick and dirty intro to planning a natural play space, no matter your setting. We will walk through important design considerations, features, and ways to mobilize your learning community for support. Webinar Part 3 is on May 5.
May 3, 2017
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL
Join this professional development event featuring keynote speaker Chip Donohue, Ph.D., dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute. Come away with practical and effective ideas for incorporating nature play into your early childhood programs and curriculum.
April 29, 2017
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati, OH
Young Children in Nature, a Saturday conference at the Cincinnati Nature Center for early childhood teachers and administrators on April 29, 2017, features keynote speaker, Dr. Louise Chawla. Workshops will be taught by teachers and staff from the CNC Nature Preschool, the lab school at the University of Cincinnati's Arlitt Center for Education, Research, & Sustainability, and 4C for Children. The conference offers opportunities to connect with other early childhood education stakeholders and extend one's own professional learning. A concurrent research roundtable symposium will be facilitated by Dr. Chawla and Dr. Victoria Carr. It is sponsored by the Children, Youth & Environments Network which disseminates knowledge and stimulates discussion to support inclusive, sustainable, and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere ( For more information about the research roundtable symposium, please contact
April 28, 2017
1715 Charlton Street
West Saint Paul, MN 55118
Dodge Nature Preschool is offering this one-day conference to give educators an opportunity to observe and learn about nature-based education. Find inspiration, engage in dialogue with colleagues and learn practical ideas to help incorporate nature-based education into your classroom and school environment.