Nature-Based Early Learning Conference


July 29-August 1, 2020, Cincinnati, OH

The Natural Start Alliance's annual conference is the nation's largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, and advocacy in nature-based early learning. Join us for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond. 


The conference helps you to:

  • Plan, run, and advocate for nature preschools, forest kindergartens, K-2 outdoor learning, and other nature-based early learning programs
  • Learn about strategies, curricula, and documentation in nature-based early learning settings
  • Improve fundraising, marketing, and other administration tasks associated with nature-based early childhood programs
  • Learn about the latest research on early childhood environmental education and best practices in teacher preparation
  • Network with nature-based early learning professionals from your region


We're excited to partner with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to present the 2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference!

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The Call for Presentations for the 2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal! Notifications will be sent in early March.

Share your ideas, research, and expertise at the 2020 Conference. 

Showcase your services and support for nature-based early learning professionals.


Learn about the conference venue and reserve a room at a discounted rate.

From arts & culture to local attractions, what makes Cincinnati one-of-a-kind? 

Look back at the 2019 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference in Manchester, NH.

Browse through program guides and descriptions of our past conferences.