Nature-Based Early Learning Conference


July 29-August 1, 2020, Cincinnati, OH

The Natural Start Alliance's annual conference is the nation's largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, and advocacy in nature-based early learning. Join us for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond. 


The conference helps you to:

  • Plan, run, and advocate for nature preschools, forest kindergartens, K-2 outdoor learning, and other nature-based early learning programs
  • Learn about strategies, curricula, and documentation in nature-based early learning settings
  • Improve fundraising, marketing, and other administration tasks associated with nature-based early childhood programs
  • Learn about the latest research on early childhood environmental education and best practices in teacher preparation
  • Network with nature-based early learning professionals from your region


We're excited to partner with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to present the 2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference!

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Interested in presenting at the 2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference? The call for proposals will go out in December. Be sure to follow Natural Start on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest updates regarding the conference. 

Get a sneak peak at the 2020 venue, Kingsgate Hotel & Conference Center.

From arts & culture to local attractions, what makes Cincinnati one-of-a-kind? 

Look back at the 2019 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference in Manchester, NH.

Browse through program guides and descriptions of our past conferences.