Professional Development

Find upcoming trainings, workshops, and conferences offered to nature-based early learning professionals and submit your own by using the sidebar to the right.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, you can also consult our list of ongoing workshops offered at regular intervals throughout the year. 

View the list of ongoing workshops here. 

 

2019

December

December 7, 2019
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Mansfield, GA
Join WILD, WET, and PLT in exploring three early childhood curricula that target ages 3-9. This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Please pre-register. For additional information, contact Amber Barrow at 770-784-3059 or [email protected] .
2020

February

February 15, 2020
Suncoast Waldorf School of Tampa Bay
Palm Harbor, FL
Do you work in a nature preschool or are you considering starting one? This training is for you! Join us as we discover best practices and approaches to nature-based education. Inspiring presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. This training is ideal for educators, caregivers, and others working with children three to six years old. Attendees work in all kinds of settings, from nature-based schools and forest kindergartens to public schools, traditional preschools, HeadStart programs, childcare centers, daycare, and more. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks. ERAFANS will provide a professional...

March

March 6, 2020 to March 7, 2020
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Columbia, SC
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March 11, 2020 to March 13, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
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

April 3, 2020 to April 4, 2020
Pratt Nature Center
New Millford, CT
Get a bird's eye view into two CT nature preschools on Friday followed by a full day a nature-based professional development on Saturday. Friday begins with a visit at the nature preschool at the New Canaan Nature Center from 9:30-11 a.m. followed by a reflective discussion with Q&A and lunch. Next, we travel to the NatureYear Program at Common Grounds for a visit from 12:30-2 p.m., followed by more facilitated discussion about the learning environments and practices we observe. Our day will conclude at 3:30 p.m. at Common Grounds in New Haven, CT. Transportation is not included, so we encourage you to carpool. *Note: We have a cap on the number of attendees who can join the Friday observation tours; don't delay if you want to join...
April 21, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL
Competency-based PD for skill-building in how young children learn, developing nature play & nature-based early learning programs,experiences that foster life-long connections to nature and build competent and confident young thinkers and scientists.

June

June 1, 2020 to June 4, 2020
400 S. Badour Rd.
Midland, MI 48640
The Nature Preschool Institute is a four-day workshop presented through a partnership between Chippewa Nature Center and Samara Early Learning. This workshop will provide early childhood educators with the information and skills to incorporate nature-based education approaches into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their curriculum. This workshop will be led by Rachel Larimore, owner of Samara Early Learning, along with Madison Powell, Chippewa Nature Center’s (CNC) Nature Preschool Director, the team of Nature Preschool teachers, and some of the Nature Preschool children.
June 18, 2020 to June 20, 2020
Denver, CO
"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. The training program is approved for credit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Education Certificate."