Events Archive

October 7, 2017 to October 8, 2017
St. Louis, MO
Raintree School is hosting Vaskebjørn: 2nd 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. Join us this fall for a two-day outdoor extravaganza. Participants will enjoy a relaxing weekend to hone forest school practice, deepen understandings of the forest school pedagogy, and connect with fellow educators.
October 6, 2017
Ontario, OR
In this early childhood education workshop, educators will learn ways to engage children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore their environment and the world around them. Educators will delve into activities from the Project Learning Tree and WILD guides. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive the curriculum and activity guides.
October 4, 2017
San Antonio, TX
This workshop is for bilingual teachers and is conducted primarily in Spanish. Learn how to teach young people about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities. During the 7 hour workshop participants will sample activities and receive both Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculum and activity guides. Activities are adaptable for all grade levels, integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to the TEKS.
October 3, 2017
San Antonio, TX
Learn how to teach young people about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities. During the 7 hour workshop participants will sample activities and receive both Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculum and activity guides. Activities are adaptable for all grade levels, integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to the TEKS.
October 2, 2017
San Antonio, TX
Learn how to teach young people about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities. During the 7 hour workshop participants will sample activities and receive both Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculum and activity guides. Activities are adaptable for all grade levels, integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to the TEKS.
September 24, 2017 to September 29, 2017
Nevada City, CA
Recapture, within yourself, a sense of wholeness and belonging through deep nature play and the world-renowned nature activities of Joseph Cornell at this 5-day training and retreat. Experience the latest insights from Joseph's upcoming book, "Deep Nature Play: A Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning," and help others awaken their natural curiosity, childlike wonder, and enthusiasm.
September 9, 2017
Massabesic Audubon Center
Auburn, NH
Early Childhood educators join us for this joint workshop. You will receive both Growing Up WILD and the Early Childhood PLT manuals thanks to the generosity of US Fish and Wildlife Service. This four-hour hands on workshop will give you lots of ideas to do with your students including activities, music connections and fun-healthy snacks.
August 26, 2017
Carroll Community College
Westminster, MD
We've partnered with the Carroll Community College (CCC) to bring you some amazing hands-on sessions that will get you eager to head outside with the children in your care! Presenters share insight and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based preschool programs. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but please bring your canteen for drinks. You can indicate dietary restrictions when you register.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
June 23, 2017 to June 24, 2017
University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME
The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce the second Nature Based Education Summer Institute. On Friday June 23, 2017 we will host pre-conference workshops, and on Saturday June 24, 2017 we look forward to a full day of conference sessions. Be sure to register soon--attendance is limited to 125 people.
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.