Events Archive

October 6, 2018 to October 7, 2018
Raintree School
2100 S. Mason Rd
St. Louis, MO 63131
Raintree School is hosting Vaskebjørn: 3rd Annual Forest School Congress of the Midwest- and it's a whole new format! Skill badges, day-long engagements and more make Vaskebjorn the ultimate gathering of educators aimed at promoting an informed, significant, and realistic change in education while sharing innovative approaches and research to enhance place-based learning in wild spaces. Join us this fall for a two-day outdoor extravaganza. Camp, stay up late to watch the latest inspirational film, earn skill badges, and dive deep in theory and practice. Participants will enjoy a relaxing weekend to hone forest school practice, deepen understandings of the forest school pedagogy, and connect with fellow educators.
October 6, 2018
Aurora Waldorf School
525 West Falls Road
West Falls, NY
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 3-7 years old.
October 6, 2018
Aurora Waldorf School
West Falls, NY
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 3-7 years old (schedule is broken into 3-5 and 5-7 year old tracks). Professional development certificate provided at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen! Our hosts at the Aurora Waldorf School provide an exemplary model of Waldorf teaching practices infused with nature-based learning. Join us for an inspiring day of nature-based ECE training and outdoor fun!
August 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
North Vancouver, Canada,
We're offering five days of wonder-full professional development for teachers, early childhood educators, and those who are curious about forest school philosophy, teaching techniques, and hands-on activities. Join us for the full 5 days to learn about philosophy and teaching techniques, or join us for the weekend only to practice your forest school skills.
August 6, 2018 to August 8, 2018
Northeast, OH
Three Days in the Wet and Wild: Project Wild, Growing up Wild, Project Wet, Project Wild Aquatic (K-12) and Wonders of Wetlands, are tested innovative curriculum, teaching ecology, wildlife and water resource principles that are correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards. Participants of this workshop will engage in co-operative,
August 2, 2018
Pleasant Ridge Branch Library
Cincinnati, OH
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is Project WILD's early childhood education activity guide. It builds on the learning styles and interests of young children to foster an interest and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world around them. A variety of activities build positive impressions of nature while aiding children's cognitive growth and development.
August 1, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
Join nature-based early childhood professionals from around the world for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking! The Natural Start Alliance, the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, and the Northern Illinois Nature Preschools Association are combining their 2018 professional conferences into an international event for all who work with young children and value nature-based education. Claire Warden, author, education consultant, and CEO of Claire Warden Ltd. will deliver the conference’s keynote address.
July 27, 2018 to July 30, 2018
Juniper Hill School
Alna, ME
Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education is offering a 4-day summer workshop taught primarily by the school’s founder and director, Anne Stires, with local naturalists and additional teachers highlighted for key activities and concepts. The workshop will provide participants with a strong baseline from which to delve deeper into outdoor- and community-based schooling for prekindergarten- and kindergarten-aged children.
July 25, 2018
Maine Lakes Environmental Association
Bridgton, ME
Attend this workshop and receive a free Growing Up WILD guide! Growing Up WILD is a resource that is invaluable for early childhood professionals. With growing recognition of the need for young children to spend time outdoors, this guide provides practical suggestions for planning activities that are developmentally appropriate and includes all educational domains.
July 24, 2018
Little Rock, AR
The PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood activities encourage young children to explore the senses, the seasons, and neighborhood trees. The activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and engagement by incorporating music and movement using an accompanying music CD.
July 24, 2018
Ricketts Glen State Park
Benton, PA
Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood are supplementary environmental education curricula specially developed for use with young children. Both provide educators with nature related activities on a wide variety of subjects, mainly focusing on forests and wildlife.
July 23, 2018 to July 26, 2018
Ferntop Nature Preschool
Fairview, TN
As educators, we need to slow down: watch children fill themselves with all the possibilities of learning with nature and to allow children the time for a childhood full of excitement and joy inside, outside, and beyond. Claire Warden's 6 Day Nature Pedagogy Course - Journeys Into Nature™ will change the way you work with children for the better. How do we truly integrate nature into all aspects of learning, whether we are indoors, outdoors or beyond? How do we ensure that children are having authentic and natural learning experiences? Why is learning in a natural context important?
July 22, 2018 to July 25, 2018
Nebraska City, NE
Join with a growing community of natural outdoor classroom users and advocates to set intentions for positive growth and change. Gain practical ideas and inspiring information through presentations, hands-on activities, discussion groups and networking events, and meet with people engaged in similar work.
July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark,
The Nordic Outdoor Model of Education study tour happening this July featuring Udeskole and Friluftsliv environments, forest kindergartens, nature playgrounds and adventure playgrounds. Explore with the NOME!
July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018
Shelburne, VT
Enrich your early childhood curriculum using the Farm as your classroom and sustainability as your lens.
July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
The ECO Institute provides inquiry-based, outdoor learning through intensive experiential lessons, activities, and discussions. Led by NBNC staff and partners, participants will move beyond the classroom and engage with nature as a learning partner. Participants will develop a nature pedagogy and learn to incorporate VELS, NGSS, and Common Core into their design of nature immersion curricula. *Graduate credit is offered through Castleton University and the Castleton Center for Schools. Our ECO level 1 course for early childhood educators introduces participants to the core routines that structure a successful outdoor classroom experience. Participants will: Engage in provocations and learning around forest classroom management, foundational math and literacy skill development outdoors, teaching with fire, and meeting VELS in partnership with natural spaces. Learn how to conduct risk benefit assessments and manage hazards within an outdoor classroom space. Develop a knowledge base and skill set to incorporate nature immersion into your program in a way that meets the needs of your students.
June 25, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Hamline University
St. Paul, MN
Hamline University is accepting registration for a summer class, entitled "Art, nature and the young child" offered from June 25 through Aug 4. This course will help teachers and parents consider ways to combine art and nature in early childhood experiences. With art as our focus, we will investigate current research and best practices in early childhood development. Using hands-on and multi-sensory activities, we will create a set of resources to share with each other. The course is online, with two field site visits required. If you are not located in MN, the instructor will work with you to identify appropriate sites to visit in your area. Cost for participation is $354/credit. This course may be taken on its own, or as part of Hamline's certificate in nature-based early learning. for information about the course or the certificate, contact [email protected]
June 25, 2018 to June 26, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, CO
What young child doesn’t enjoy collecting sticks and rocks while they are out for a walk? Learn how to put that natural curiosity to work using engaging opportunities for science inquiry. Join us to explore City Park and experience nature firsthand with hands-on investigations and ways to create authentic connections between home and school. This unique teacher professional development opportunity is sure to pique your curiosity as well!
June 25, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Bishop, CA
The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers offers high quality, experiential, in-depth training and certification for current and up and coming early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature. In order to build a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, deep nature connection and naturalist skills, we provide an active, engaging, and transformational curriculum. The Academy's comprehensive teacher training program provides our students with the theoretical, practical skills, knowledge, and magic to become exceptional educators and mentors in the field. The Foundation Course is open to everyone, from beginners to seasoned naturalists and educators. This course lays the groundwork for those on a journey towards Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification. Level 1 participants may be experienced naturalists and educators. Level 1 also welcomes beginners, those with naturalist skills eager to understand early childhood development and practices, as well as those with an early childhood education background who want to develop naturalist skills to deepen their work. Early registration is advised. CEUs are offered through Antioch University Santa Barbara.
June 20, 2018
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland, OH
Go on a field trip with our CMNH Naturalists to various natural areas & parks. Explore activities from the Museum’s new edition of the Nature in the City curriculum guide. Receive a FREE copy of the Nature in the City activity guide – adaptable for grades PreK - 5!