Events Archive

June 20, 2018
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland, OH
Go on a field trip with our CMNH Naturalists to various natural areas & parks. Explore activities from the Museum’s new edition of the Nature in the City curriculum guide. Receive a FREE copy of the Nature in the City activity guide – adaptable for grades PreK - 5!
June 19, 2018
N.H. Fish and Game
Concord, NH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, are supplementary educational programs for young learners designed to connect children ages 3 – 7 with nature and wildlife. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to sample activities from both programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
June 19, 2018
NH Fish and Game Headquarters
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, are supplementary educational programs for young learners designed to connect children ages 3 – 7 with nature and wildlife. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to sample activities from both programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
June 18, 2018 to June 19, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, CO
What does science instruction look like for our youngest learners? This workshop introduces ways to incorporate problem based learning strategies into all of the routines of your early childhood classoom. Explore hands-on materials in a way that fuels curiosity and leads to authentic questions and learn how to plan investigations that incorporate art, math and literacy. These new strategies and tools will transform how you teach science and inspire your students!
June 14, 2018
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Join us this summer for an inspiring, hands-on, and experiential professional development event in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. Collaborate with a passionate and diverse group of early childhood educators during our 4-day early childhood educator Summer Institute. The 2018 Summer institute to be held June 10th through June 14th in Prescott, Arizona. Through the generous support of the STORER Foundation, the week-long institute includes: • Valuable resources and user-friendly materials to support integrating nature and place-based activities in your own program • Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Educator Certificate for participation in Prescott College’s Summer Institute • Professional development hours Participants will: • Discover creative, hands-on, and meaningful ways to engage children in nature-based learning experiences across multiple contexts. • Experience outdoor environments that encourage children’s overall development, learning, critical thinking and creative expression • Engage in mindfulness activities for you to connect with nature and place • Acquire effective strategies to advocate for nature-based activities in your program and community • Learn risk assessment and management techniques for implementing nature-based environments • Align standards with outdoor and indoor nature-based learning experiences • Identify and promote community resources for inclusive and equitable access to natural environments and sense of place adventures for all children and families • Explore cultural interpretations of nature, place, and culturally responsive teaching technique
June 10, 2018 to June 14, 2018
Prescott College
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 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Woodson Branch Nature School
Marshall, NC
More than straightforward conference, this Summit is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Feel the energy and kinship offered by others who have the same goals as you. Nestled less than an hour from Asheville, the Woodson Branch Nature School is in the beautiful back country of North Carolina. Our summit features sessions for educators working with children ages three through eight years old (preschool - 3rd grade). We are delighted to announce that Amy Butler, Director of Education at the North Branch Nature Center, is giving the keynote! Amy is the founder of Vermont's first forest preschool program at NBNC, and she also created a model program Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) for routine outdoor learning in VT public schools.
June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018
L&N STEM Academy
Knoxville, TN
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.
June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Marshall, NC
The Natural Wonder Summit is a very special gathering. More than straightforward conference, the Summit is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Feel the energy and kinship offered by others who have the same goals as you.
May 30, 2018 to June 1, 2018
Chippewa Nature Center
Midland, MI
In partnership with the teachers at Chippewa Nature Center's Nature Preschool, this 3-day workshop (May 30-June 1, 2018) is designed for early childhood educators looking to learn more about the nature-based approach and ways to incorporate those practices into their daily teaching. The workshop will be held at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI and include significant time to observe the nature preschool teachers and students in action.
May 19, 2018
The Academy School
Brattleboro, VT
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: Amy Butler, Education Director, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, Vermont and Martin Besford, Head of Highway Farm Activity Center, Redruth, Cornwall, UK
May 18, 2018 to May 20, 2018
The University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME
UMF is pleased to announce its third annual Nature Based Education Institute, an innovative professional development opportunity for educators and administrators interested in implementing or expanding upon nature-based programming in their classrooms.
May 5, 2018
Common Ground Environmental Education Center
New Haven, CT
Discover ways that nature-based learning enhances skill development during a hands-on day of training! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. This training features two tracks for educators working with children ages 3-5 years old and 5-7 years old. Throughout the day, you can choose which sessions are the most useful to you.
May 5, 2018
Gilmanton School, 1386 NH Route 140
Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, are supplementary educational programs for young learners designed to connect children ages 3 – 7 with nature and wildlife. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to sample activities from both programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
May 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018
1401 W. Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
Play is a necessity for children and youth. Yet with each passing year, the time, space and freedom children have allocated to self- directed play is infringed upon. This May, those who work with children or are interested in play in their communities will gather to review why play is important, hear about the current movement towards prioritizing play and to learn about how the field of playwork is crucial in today's world. Join us in Champaign-Urbana, IL for the Prioritizing Play Conference. Learn about our wonderful KeyNote Speakers: Prof. Peter Gray and Morgan Leichter-Saxby.
May 2, 2018 to May 3, 2018
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL 60532
Join The Morton Arboretum and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago at a summit for nature-based education practitioners, early childhood researchers, and evaluators to examine how outdoor spaces and nature play support young children’s science learning. Participants will share insights from our experience and our understanding of the scientific evidence about children’s learning outdoors. We will collaboratively identify research priorities and success factors for early childhood learning through nature-based education and shape a new collaborative network for outdoor learning research and practice.
May 2, 2018
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Join this annual professional development event geared toward enabling access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for early childhood (birth through age 8). Keynote David Sobel will focus on innovations in nature play for early childhood and early elementary age groups. Through interactive workshops, you will be inspired to push beyond your comfort zones to expand your concept of nature play and come away with hands-on ideas that can be immediately integrated into work with young children. Sessions will be led by a variety of early childhood and environmental experts.
April 28, 2018
Teton Science School
Jackson, WY
Learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop time slots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children .Keynote Speakers: Dr. Deb Carter, Boise State University, Boise, ID and David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH.
April 28, 2018
Hinckley, ME
You do not want to miss out on this year's professional development event! Sessions on self-care and mindfulness have been added. Returning topics include: STEM, nature-based play, health and well-being. Thoughtful and inspiring presenters feature a new lens of perspective. Our wide range of topics will provide something for everyone!
April 27, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
NatureStart™ regional model for professional development program focusing on skill development for informal educators in zoos, aquariums, nature centers as they provide play-based nature education for children from birth to age 8 and their families in those institutions. NatureStart™ is based on principles and practices in use by the Chicago Zoological Society which are designed to develop competencies in eight core areas needed to develop a child-centered understanding of learning, play, and nature. These competencies form the foundation for developing nature-based play and learning programs and environments for young children and families in informal science settings. All three sessions on Jan.26, Feb.23, April 27, 2018 are required for completion.