Events

September 27, 2019
​North Branch Nature Center
Montpelier, VT
Presented by Rachel Larimore | Admission by donation Educators make thousands of decisions every day that influence children’s learning. It’s important to consider the overall goals of nature-based programs and whether or not our teaching and administrative practices reflect those goals. Rachel will challenge attendees to consider how well program structures, physical spaces, and teacher-child interactions align with the “Why?” of nature-based early childhood education. No matter how long you’ve been in nature-based education, you’ll leave this keynote reflecting on your practice, energized, and ready to change the world! This presentation is followed by a full-day workshop for educators on Saturday morning.
September 28, 2019
North Branch Nature Center
Montpelier, VT
Nature-based early childhood education includes excursions to wild spaces beyond the fenced play area. Connecting back to the Friday evening keynote we’ll first discuss why we visit these spaces? In other words, what is the purpose of experiences in the “beyond.” Are we providing children with activities that align with these goals? This session will explore our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature and toward more learning with nature. To do this we’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom. The workshop will include a mix of presentation by Rachel Larimore and active participation by attendees—through, for example, small group discussions. CEUs available!
October 5, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Discover how the natural world supports healthy, playful child development for the tender little ones in your care. This nature-based training will inspire and equip you with new approaches to help infants and toddlers make connections with nature. You can expect hands-on sessions that are indoors and out! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs specifically with infants and toddlers. This training is ideal for caregivers, educators, and others working with children birth through three years old. Attendees join from all kinds of early learning settings - from childcare centers, in-home daycare, and other early care settings. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks. In addition to fantastic workshops, you'll get a tour of the nature play space at Homewood ELC at Johns Hopkins University, which is managed by the Downtown Baltimore Child Care.
October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Boston, MA
The theme of this 2-day conference is "Back in Boston," where the original Kindergarten Movement began almost exactly 150 years ago. Attendees will experience hands-on exploration of Froebel Gifts and Occupations guided by teachers (including Rachel Larimore) who have integrated these methods/materials into public, private, parochial and home-school K-12 educational classrooms. Early bird rates through March 31st!
October 7, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Hosted in Brazil
accessible everywhere,
Join us for a virtual conference involving colleagues from Brazil, Australia, Canada, Jordan, USA and UK without the need to travel. ​We'll offer a window into the world of nature-based practice in these countries and share thoughts, stories and experiences. The conference will bring attention to innovations in Nature Pedagogy and explore the place of trees in children’s lives.
October 25, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Seattle, WA
NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature. The training program is approved for credit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Education Certificate.
October 26, 2019
Symmonds Elementary School
Keene, NH
Join us for this day-long conference for educators who are redefining what’s possible in elementary education. As we build school programs around place-based social studies, outdoor science lessons, Forest Fridays and more, we’re connecting children to the natural world, local communities and big ideas.
November 16, 2019
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Combine children’s literature with recipes and kitchen experiments to foster wonder about the natural world. This class will feature storybooks where cooking is part of the plot, following recipes for different learners, using kitchen tools, the relationship between colorful foods and basic nutrition, some kitchen science, and age-appropriate recipes (both edible and not) that you can take back to your classroom. $72 members/$90 non-members CPDUs: 6, Gateways: 6 Grade level: preK – 3 Classroom 9, Learning Center
February 7, 2020 to February 9, 2020
Tampa, FL
NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature.
March 11, 2020 to March 13, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature.
April 21, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
Competency-based PD for skill-building in how young children learn, developing nature play & nature-based early learning programs,experiences that foster life-long connections to nature and build competent and confident young thinkers and scientists.
June 18, 2020 to June 20, 2020
Denver, CO
"NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature. The training program is approved for credit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Education Certificate."
June 18, 2020 to June 20, 2020
Denver, CO
NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature.