Professional Development

Find upcoming trainings, workshops, and conferences offered to nature-based early learning professionals and submit your own by using the sidebar to the right.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, you can also consult our list of ongoing workshops offered at regular intervals throughout the year. 

View the list of ongoing workshops here. 

 

2020

June

June 29, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Forest School Teacher Institute announces a new virtual training program for busy people. Topics include: how to become an effective forest school teacher, how to oversee a forest school program, how to start-up a forest school program, and how to advance your leadership skills in a forest school environment. All courses will be individualized and dig deeply into the roots of forest school — community, compassion, and holistic child development. Forest School Teacher Institute founder, Dr. Jean Lomino, along with a highly qualified and experienced team of Forest School teachers, founders and administrators from around the US and the world will lead the training. Jean is also co-founder and director of Wauhatchie School, the first forest...

August

August 24, 2020 to September 30, 2020
Online!
We are thrilled to offer our Nature-based Teacher Certification online! This 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. Learn more about the course at www.erafans.org/teacher-certification.

October

October 1, 2020 to June 12, 2021
We are thrilled to offer a distance learning Tea Project PD opportunity followed by an in-person week long residency (optional) and immersion in nature and the plants in Vermont, July 2021. The Tea Project is a standards-based teacher training course, resulting in PreK-8th grade students’ growth in social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and science skills by growing and preparing perennial herbs as food and tea while in nature and the classroom. Students gain a literacy of the landscape, physiology, cycles of the seasons, weather, and practice communication and relational skills through the lens of biology, mindfulness routines and awareness skills. From sidewalks to nature schools, The Tea Project empowers educators in a deep sense of...