Events Archive

April 22, 2017
Join Antioch New England’s 2017 In Bloom in Maine conference and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. Keynotes are Amy Butler of North Branch Nature Center speaking about "A New Path in the Forest: Moving Beyond the Classroom for Exploration, Creativity and Growth"; and Rachel Larimore, founder of the Chippewa Nature Preschool in Midland, Michigan, whose talk is titled, "rom Preschool to Early Elementary: Learning from One Community’s Journey with Nature-based Education."
April 20, 2017
There is a rich history of natural play spaces the world over. This webinar offers a survey of natural play spaces with a deeper look at substantial skill development linked with outdoor play. Research from academic sources will be offered throughout. If you want to know more about the proven value of natural play spaces, or if you need more talking points for parents, fellow colleagues or grants, this is great place to begin. Webinars Part 2 and 3 are on May 4 & 5.
April 20, 2017
Growing Up WILD is a program for exploring nature with children ages 3–7, and builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Participants will receive the Growing Up WILD activity guide that includes conservation activities, reading and math connections, music and art activities, and much more. Participants will also experience Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood that is designed especially for educators and adults working with children ages 3-6. Activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and differentiated instruction, including opportunities to incorporate music and movement.
April 18, 2017 to April 21, 2017
Join us in in Vancouver, BC, Canada for inspiring keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips, and action labs designed to support and advance the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature. Look for a special room/hub for early childhood educators!
April 15, 2017
Join us in Mansfield, GA for a Growing Up WILD workshop from 9am to noon. You will learn to use and receive the Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children 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.
April 14, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Children need time in nature! This Friday evening and Saturday workshop will provide teachers with the practical skills and the philosophical knowledge needed to connect children to the outdoors. Participants will learn how to prepare and plan for meaningful experiences in nature with young children, and how to bring the natural environment into the classroom and curriculum. Come play in the woods with us!
April 8, 2017
The earth beneath our feet holds an amazing amount of information about our natural world and about human history. Paleontologists find and study fossils (including dinosaurs!), archaeologists excavate sites and study human artifacts, and soil scientists interpret the chemistry, biology and physics of soil. Join us as we take an inquiry approach to all three sciences with playful explorations, literacy connections, and hands-on lesson ideas that you can use in your class tomorrow!
April 8, 2017
At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine, this 5-hour workshop introduces early childhood educators to Growing Up WILD materials, activities, and strategies. All Participants receive curriculum guides, background information.
March 31, 2017 to April 2, 2017
This Summit at New Canaan Nature Center is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Learn nature-based best practices from passionate experts and enthusiastic newcomers alike.
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.