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

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...
October 12, 2020 to May 28, 2021
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...
October 27, 2020 to November 22, 2020
Trimble, OH 45782
Join other nature-loving educators in Ohio and Central Appalachia for workshops that will inspire you, give you new strategies and activities, and teach about local ecological topics. Sessions run from Oct 27 to Nov 22 mostly on Zoom, with four small-group outdoor excursions available. The conference is for all ages, but the following sessions focus on early childhood: -The Big Map-out! Oct. 30, 3pm -Aldo Leopold and Phenology, Nov. 11, 5pm -The Magic of Mud Play! Nov 16, 2pm Learn more and register at ruralaction.org/eeconference

November

November 21, 2020
Focused on developmentally appropriate activities to engage Earth's littlest learners in outdoor education experiences. Facilitated by Sarah Foglesong. Research shows that experiences in early childhood (birth through age 8) play significant roles in individuals' development of ecological identities and positive environmental behavior. But what do you DO with Earth's littlest learners to support that development? Join this workshop to explore what developmentally appropriate outdoor environmental education looks like for this age group and learn some simple activities you can start using right away! This is a part of the Fall Webinar Series from AEOE, the California affiliate of NAAEE.

December

December 5, 2020
Remote learning has become the new norm and we want to help you engage students with simple ways to take actions that address the environmental challenges facing our planet. In this session you will participate and learn how to facilitate five engaging remote learning activities that stimulate critical thinking around sustainable solutions. Before the session, you’ll receive write-ups with the list of supplies, instructions, and other resources you’ll need to lead these hands-on activities around sustainability topics like gardening, composting, waste, water, and energy conservation. Together we will facilitate each activity and share ideas on how you can use them to inspire green behavior change in the youth and adults you work with....