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. 




August 24, 2020 to September 30, 2020
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


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 3, 2020
This interactive workshop will help to guide you in how to support your young learners in connecting to the natural world. We will discuss what nature play can look like, provide supportive tips on how to get started and offer ideas for hands on tools to bring outside to inspire nature play. This workshop is perfect for a nature based educators and caregivers of young learners. Important disclaimer: this will be a recorded workshop, so you can watch anytime that works best for you.
October 10, 2020
3408 Elder Mountain Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37419
Join colleagues from around the world for our 2020 FSTI Leadership Retreat. Come be inspired in person or from the comfort of your own home. We will relax, reflect and reconnect in this magical place, tucked in a valley between Raccoon and Lookout Mountains. Enjoy a day immersed in nature, amidst woods, meadows, lake and creek, at the birthplace of Wauhatchie School. Facilitators include a team of expert naturalists and educators, led by Dr. Jean Lomino, Founder and Director of Forest School Teacher Institute. Activities: Participant FS Reports Nature-based Mindfulness Practices Trees and Tree Dwellers FS Global Roundtable The Nature of Art In-Person: $75.00 (Limited to 20 participants) • All activities held outdoors with...
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...