Events

October 22, 2018 to May 27, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Dive into ‘loose parts play,’ nature games, and storytelling that you can use right away. Explore creative and cost-effective approaches to setting up your outdoor nature play space. We can help you make it happen! There are six 2018–2019 one-day workshops to choose from.
November 19, 2018 to March 25, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Explore how story-telling and games connect children to nature. Reflect on your experiences, and learn approaches and language that will help you build support for your outdoor practice with fellow educators and parents. There are two 2018-2018 workshops to choose from.
December 10, 2018 to June 10, 2019
Toronto, Canada,
Get ready to go deep in assessing the benefits of risk in the outdoors and how to build adventure into your day. Learn how to use tools with children, and how you can incorporate risk benefit assessment into daily routines. There are two 2018-2019 workshops to choose from.
February 23, 2019
Elachee Nature Science Center
Gainesville, GA
Another fantastic nature-based training awaits! Gather as we share best practices in nature-based ECE and learn from presenters across the region. Bring a song in your pocket for the campfire and rain-or-shine gear for outdoor learning. Professional development certificate provided, plus breakfast and lunch. And don't forget your canteen!
March 5, 2019 to March 17, 2019
Miami Nature Play School
Miami, FL
The Natural Wonder Summit is a very special gathering. More than straightforward conference, the Summit is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Feel the energy and kinship offered by others who have the same goals as you. Our keynote is none other than David Sobel, noted educator, researcher, and author. This year's summit has a special emphasis on bilingual programs. We are offering sessions in English y en Espanol! We will also welcome families and children to a portion of the summit designed as a pop-up nature play space. This will provide a wonderful example for attendees to see how nature play can unfold anywhere!
March 7, 2019 to March 9, 2019
Chippewa Nature Center
Midland, MI
Samara Early Learning's goal is to help your nature-based or forest preschool dream take flight. This two-day-and-a-half day workshop facilitated by Rachel Larimore and David Catlin will not only help you get started, but also provide you the road map for accomplishing your vision. They will begin with an overview of the business planning process, then will guide you on questions to ask and tools to answer those questions—all specific to the unique business needs of nature-based and forest preschools.
March 20, 2019 to March 22, 2019
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center & Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Mattoon, IL
The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2019 Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held in Mattoon, Illinois. EEAI invites you to submit proposals now through November 30, 2018. Submitting presenters will be notified of the outcome of the proposal review process no later than December 15, 2018. EEAI is a statewide, nonprofit, professional organization with the purpose of maintaining a vital network that supports and advances quality environmental education throughout the state. Our membership consists of classroom teachers, non-formal educators, natural resource professionals, professors, university students and nature enthusiasts. Participants attending the 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference will attend sessions designed around the theme “EE: Rooted for Life.” We invite you to participate by submitting a proposal for a session that can impact educators from across Illinois. The Conference Chairs are specifically looking at proposals that can possibly fit one of the following strands: administration/management, formal educators, and non-formal educators. ​ Concurrent speakers will present Friday, March 21 or Saturday, March 22 at the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. For more information, please contact Pam Evans, Conference Program Chair at [email protected] Visit www.EEAI.net for conference updates. Call for Presenters
April 23, 2019 to May 3, 2019
Scotland and England,
Join us for the first UK Forest School Study Tour offered by ERAFANS! We will visit several nature-based early learning programs in Scotland and England during our adventurous 10-day trip. This study tour takes place during the school year so that we can observe children and UK practitioners engaged in outdoor learning. We will also participate in professional development workshops offered by select nature-based programs. Don't worry, we've built in some time for you to explore on your own, too!
April 27, 2019
Wild Rock
Crozet, VA
Discover ways that nature-based learning enhances skill development during a hands-on day of training! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. Training is ideal for educators working with children ages 3-76 years old. Also includes a tour of our host's nature-based preschool program. Light breakfast and lunch are included. We will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event, too. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!