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Registration is Open: 2015 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

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Nature's Way Preschool

Registration is now open for the third Nature-Based Preschool National Conference. The conference provides a space for nature-preschool educators to connect, share best practices, and get inspired. The conference will be held August 19-22 at the Elachee Nature Preschool in Gainesville, Georgia, as part of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) Annual Summit. 
The goal of the conference is to create a forum for educators to share ideas around nature-based education for young children. Conference highlights are listed below.

Thursday, August 20 

Welcome & Keynote Speaker – David Sobel 
Tours of Elachee’s Nature Preschool
Session examples include:
  • Flexible Thinking in the Forest Classroom
  • Awareness of Risk 
  • Creating & Teaching in Natural Outdoor Classrooms
  • How to Write a Business Plan for a Nature-Based Preschool
  • How do Academics Fit in Nature Play?
  • A Place for Permaculture
  • Get your Nature Preschool 101 Questions Answered 

Friday, August 21 

Full-Group Round Table Discussions
Session examples include: 
  • Filling Your Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  • Power of Personifying Nature 
  • Teaching & Sharing Nature: Grow the Passion 
  • Branding the Taylor Swift Way
  • Sustaining Us Between Now and Next August: Updates on Natural Start; Current News and Trends; Regional Efforts

​Dinner and Live Auction


Saturday, August 22 

Field Trip – Tour of local nature-based preschool programs 
Evening Banquet and Dance
Full conference registration is available at a deeply discounted rate ($275) for early childhood educators and administrators. See the links below for full details. Spaces are limited for discounted registrations, so register early to ensure you receive the discounted rate!
For more information, download the conference brochure or visit the ANCA summit site. Information about registration fees is available here
See you this summer!


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