Events Archive

March 16, 2019 to March 18, 2019
Woodland Park Zoo
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.
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 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!
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!
January 19, 2019
UPCC 300 Bushnell Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212
Monthly meeting across Texas to support educators. We will share ideas, celebrations, and concerns.
December 8, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, CO
In this object based inquiry class, participants will engage with interesting collection items from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and also meet many of the Colorado Competencies and help student practice kindergarten readiness skills in all content areas, especially literacy.
November 13, 2018 to November 15, 2018
Washington, DC
OAK Week is the annual meeting of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. It is a time for OAK members, agency partners, congressional staff, and friends to celebrate, advocate, strategize and build strong relationships that will enable us to continue making progress for kids and families across the country.
November 1, 2018
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. Sign up now.
October 27, 2018
Children's Tree House at the National Conservation Training Center
​Shepherdstown, WV
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 3-6 years old. Lunch is included on Saturday, but bring your canteen for drinks.
October 27, 2018
Symonds 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.
October 27, 2018
The Children's Tree House at NCTC
Shepherdstown, WV
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 3-6 years old. 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! In addition to a fantastic roster of presenters, our hosts at the Children's Tree House at the National Conservation Training Center provide a tour of their nature-based childcare center and Nature Explore certified outdoor classroom.
October 27, 2018
All Seasons Preschool
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Preschool thru 3rd grade educators are invited to join us for our 5th MN Early Childhood Outdoors networking event at All Seasons Preschool in Inver Grove Heights, MN (http://www.allseasonspreschool.net). This event is FREE and all are welcome!
October 24, 2018
Agnes Gray Elementary School
West Paris, ME
Maine Audubon will be presenting a Growing Up WILD workshop at Agnes Gray Elementary School, West Paris, Maine. This in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
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.