Events Archive

May 22, 2019 to May 24, 2019
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
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.
May 18, 2019
Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary
Mattapan, MA
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 3-8 years old. Also includes a tour of our host's Pathways to Nature Preschool and plenty of time to explore the wildlife sanctuary and grounds. 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!
May 16, 2019 to May 18, 2019
Oakland, CA
Join us for the largest gathering of children and nature advocates in the world. From inspiring keynotes to hands-on workshops, our biennial conference will inspire and equip you with best practices for increasing equitable access to nature for the children, families and communities you serve. Select from seven dynamic conference tracks and come prepared to network with nature connection leaders from around the world.
May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019
Johnston Woods Retreat Center
Cleveland, TN 37353
Johnston Woods is home to Woodsong Forest School which will serve as the main lab school for this training session, along with visits to local public and private school FK programs. Participants will enjoy comfortable lodging in the midst of a spectacular forest setting. Please see course descriptions at www.forestteacher.org for more details. Training cohort limited to 20 participants. Application deadline is 4/30.
May 4, 2019 to May 5, 2019
Asheville, NC
Reaching Nature Connection invites you to join in an exciting weekend of hands-on, research-based, and anecdotal learning. As always, the outdoor conference will be infused with songs, games, stories, and deeper nature connection. With this year's conference theme, Storytelling, presenters Lia Grippo, Kelly Villarruel, and Erin Boehme will take participants on a storytelling journey to develop capacities for using stories as effective teaching tools for nature connection & beyond. ​
May 1, 2019
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL
Inspiring Nature Play is an annual conference geared toward enabling access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for an early childhood audience (birth through age 8). Attendees of the conference include 200 formal and informal educators, administrators, and parents with a range of early childhood and environmental education backgrounds and expertise.
April 27, 2019
Kittery Community Center
Kittery, ME
This year we’re expanding our focus from pre-school & Kindergarten to pre-school through 3rd grade in response to the many 1st through 3rd grade teachers who are moving their curriculum out into the woods and fields around their schools. We’ll be working with the vibrant nature-based early childhood community in Maine. We look forward to a lovely warm spring day to celebrate the end of Earth Week! This conference has always filled to capacity, so plan to register early.
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 3-6 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!
April 27, 2019
Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd
Crozet, VA
You can expect a hands-on day of outdoor fun in nature! 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. Light breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday, but bring your canteen for drinks.In addition to interactive workshops, our hosts at the Wildrock offer an informal tour of their center and grounds over lunch. Presented by ERAFANS.
April 27, 2019
Teton Science Schools
Jackson, WY
This In Mud workshop is co-sponsored with the Teton Science School. Check back for more information coming soon.
April 26, 2019
Duluth, MN
We invite you to attend a research symposium focused on early childhood outdoor play at the University of MN Duluth, from noon to 3:30 PM on Friday, April 26th. The event will include lunch, presentations, and discussion about international perspectives on outdoor play in early childhood learning and development. Four researchers will highlight research and programs from China (Anji Childhood Education Research Center); University of Oulu, Finland; Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway; and the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative/University of MN Duluth in Minnesota. We are looking forward to an engaging afternoon of lectures and dialogue with other researchers and practitioners in the field of outdoor and nature-based play and learning. The day following the research symposium (Sat. April 27) will be a practitioner-oriented workshop, hosted by Duluth Nature Play Collaborative and MN Early Childhood Outdoors. RSVP by Friday, March 1 to Aaron Crowell ([email protected])
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 23, 2019 to April 26, 2019
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
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 18, 2019
Watershed Education Training Institution
Millersville, PA
This workshop will focus on lessons and activities for early childhood environmental education from the Stroud Water Research Center and Pennsylvania State Parks, including activities from the Growing Up WILD curriculum. Activities will be hands-on and outside, so please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Dinner will be provided.
April 14, 2019
400 Garden Road
Chattanooga, TN 37419
After founding Wauchatchie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015, Dr. Jean Lomino’s passion quickly turned to reproduce the awesome learning environment offered by nature, to children everywhere. Jean established Forest School Teacher Institute (www.forestteacher.org) to train traditional teachers from around the globe to be nature teachers and to promote Forest School research. Training sites are currently being established throughout the US. FSTI training courses feature: • Immersive, experiential learning where trainees gain firsthand knowledge through observation of forest school programs in a variety of natural settings and school venues. • Real-time video observations of Forest Kindergarten sessions with our partner school at Sahmyook University in Seoul, Korea and discussions with Vice-Chair of the Korean Forest Kindergarten Association, Dr. Jiyoun Shin. • Naturalist training designed to deepen nature knowledge and personal connection • Inspirational classes with recognized Forest School leaders • Case study work and group projects For training session schedules, details and to apply: www.forestteacher.org
April 13, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Mansfield, GA
This workshop will explore both the Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculums. The Growing Up Wild Curriculum Guide contains 27 hands-on, multi-disciplinary and instructionally sound educational activities for 3-7 year-olds. The Project WILD curriculum contains 154 hands-on, minds-on activities for grade K-12th. You will participate in hands-on activities highlighting wildlife populations, habitats and ecosystems, interdependence of animals on each other and the land, and adaptations animal have to survive. Presented by Georgia Project WILD and Georgia Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency.
April 13, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Mansfield, GA
This workshop will explore both the Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculums. The Growing Up Wild Curriculum Guide contains 27 hands-on, multi-disciplinary and instructionally sound educational activities for 3-7 year olds. The Project WILD curriculums contains 154 hands-on, minds-on activities for grade K-12th. You will participate in hands-on activities highlighting wildlife populations, habitats and ecosystems, interdependence of animals on each other and the land, and adaptations animal have to survive.
April 13, 2019
Fields Pond Center
Orrington, ME
Join us for this in-depth 4-hour workshop designed to provide training for early childhood educators. 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. Developed with the vision of changing the culture of early childhood education to embrace learning in the outdoors. Growing Up WILD is the first nationally distributed early childhood professional development program and activity guide that integrates environmental education into the early childhood curriculum. Participants will receive this award winning, curriculum along with resources from Maine Audubon and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
April 12, 2019 to April 13, 2019
Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Rd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117
The Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center is an award-winning conference designed for educators of young children of all ages to learn about or improve their practices in nature-based education. Participants engage in discussion, hands-on learning, and the sharing of ideas guided by knowledgeable early childhood educators passionate about nature-based child-led learning. Attend a keynote given by Rachel Larimore, choose from a variety of workshops during 4 different sessions, engage in enrichment activities such as yoga, guided nature walks, or Shinrin-yoku, and collaborate with like-minded educators from all over the country! Join us for the whole weekend and you are eligible to earn 9.5 on-going professional development hours from the Maryland State Department of Education. One day attendance and on-site camping are also available.
April 8, 2019
Keene, NH
To kickstart "Week of the Young Child" (April 8th - April 14th) we will be screening a film on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Keene Public Library. This short clip entitled: The Role of the Teacher, is part of The Garden of Children documentary series about the history of Kindergarten. Join us for an evening of exploration on the educational needs of our youngest public school students and their teachers. Panel discussion to follow.