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 this list of ongoing workshops offered at regular intervals throughout the year.

 

2019

July

July 15, 2019 to August 24, 2019
Hamline University
St Paul, MN
Graduate Continuing Studies Online course--Instructor: Sheila Williams Ridge. Introducing children to nature at a young age is one of the best ways to foster a sense of wonder and stewardship for the natural world. It has also been shown to boost learning and reduce behavior issues in the classroom. Review different ways to integrate nature and the outdoors into the classroom. Evaluate readings, discuss current research, make observations and develop programs or tools of your own. Target audience: non-formal and formal educators K-6. Online login and course information at www.hamline.edu/education/online

August

August 26, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Farm & Wilderness
Plymouth, VT
The Vermont AoM is a five-day experiential, nature-based training with concurrent programs for ages 0 to 99. The week is facilitated by a veteran leadership team, representing over 90 years of collective experience in nature-based mentoring and culture design. Over 70 staff members from around the US support the experience of the 120 registered participants.

October

October 5, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Discover how the natural world supports healthy, playful child development for the tender little ones in your care. This nature-based training will inspire and equip you with new approaches to help infants and toddlers make connections with nature. You can expect hands-on sessions that are indoors and out! Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs specifically with infants and toddlers. This training is ideal for caregivers, educators, and others working with children birth through three years old. Attendees join from all kinds of early learning settings - from childcare centers, in-home daycare, and other early care settings. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks. In addition to fantastic workshops, you'll get a tour of the nature play space at Homewood ELC at Johns Hopkins University, which is managed by the Downtown Baltimore Child Care.
October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
1041 Spruce Creek Lane
Nellysford, VA 22958
One Forest will be hosting instructor Matt Rosefsky for a weekend Wilderness First Aid certification course. This class is for Adults and focused youth 12+ No prior experience required. This versatile class can give a wide variety of people an important skill set. Whether you are a nurse, hiker, parent, or someone that just likes to be prepared this class is for you! Description: Mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, rural area / remote travel not near a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … Hands-on learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital hand-off. The MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid Course is a blended experience of classroom and hands-on learning. ~50% of student time is spent rotating as mock rescuer and mock patient in realistic care-giving scenarios, making the most of learning-by-doing, and forming muscle memory. Overview: No prerequisites For adults and focused youths ages 12+. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. Hands-on learn how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival Blend of classroom instruction & hands-on rescue scenario practice Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA (GS-USA), American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia (100% reimbursement for academic employees!), and more 8:30am – 6:30pm each day both course days 2-year internationally-renowned SOLO WFA certification Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT Testimonials Topics: Beyond the ‘golden hour’: wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed-EMS-arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements, Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain and Heart Problems Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment International Travel: preparation, problem prevention, and illness treatment — presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest. Certification & Recertification Certification: with this course, get the internationally-renowned 2-year certification from SOLO, the oldest continuously-operating school of wilderness medicine in the world. Recertification: You can take the MEDIC SOLO 2-day WFA (wilderness first aid) course to recertify, if you have a current certification with any of the following organizations: SOLO (or MEDIC SOLO), including SOLO certs issued by Pat Malone at UVM after 2011 WMA WMI / NOLS Aerie Backcountry Medicine American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Desert Mountain Medicine Remote Medical International Wilderness Medicine Outfitters Wilderness Medicine Training Center While attending this WFA course, you’ll receive a form to mail into SOLO along with a copy of your current certification cards (including CPR) and a separate $15 check to “SOLO” (or $25 for WEMT**). SOLO then will mail you your new SOLO certification card.
October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Boston, MA
The theme of this 2-day conference is "Back in Boston," where the original Kindergarten Movement began almost exactly 150 years ago. Attendees will experience hands-on exploration of Froebel Gifts and Occupations guided by teachers (including Rachel Larimore) who have integrated these methods/materials into public, private, parochial and home-school K-12 educational classrooms. Early bird rates through March 31st!
October 25, 2019 to October 27, 2019
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. The training program is approved for credit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Education Certificate.

November

November 16, 2019
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Combine children’s literature with recipes and kitchen experiments to foster wonder about the natural world. This class will feature storybooks where cooking is part of the plot, following recipes for different learners, using kitchen tools, the relationship between colorful foods and basic nutrition, some kitchen science, and age-appropriate recipes (both edible and not) that you can take back to your classroom. $72 members/$90 non-members CPDUs: 6, Gateways: 6 Grade level: preK – 3 Classroom 9, Learning Center
2020

April

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 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."