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Aug
1
to Aug 4

World of Wonder: An International Nature-Based Early Learning Conference

The Natural Start Alliance, the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, and the Northern Illinois Nature Preschool Association are combining their 2018 professional conferences into an international event for all who work with young children and value nature-based education. During the conference, my colleague Dave Catlin and I will be presenting a concurrent session on different business models for operating nature-based preschools.

To attend, participants must register for the conference here

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In Bloom in Asheville: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

In Bloom in Asheville: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education

I am excited to be one of two keynote speakers and a session presenter at the April 7 "In Bloom Conference" in Asheville, NC, hosted by Antioch University of New England. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop timeslots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children.

My keynote is titled From Preschool to Early Elementary: Learning from One Community’s Journey with Nature-based Education. David Sobel, of Antioch University of New England, will be the other keynote speaking on Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens.

Registration will open in mid-January. To register, or for more information, click here. To view the event brochure, click here

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Oct
11
to Oct 14

Midwest Environmental Education Conference Keynote Address

The Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) is a professional development collaboration between four states—Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The EE Associations in these states invite all to join together for local field studies, educational sessions, trainings and workshops focused on environmental, cultural, and historical interpretation and education. MEEC is held every two years, and the 2017 conference is being organized by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. I'm honored and excited to me one of this year's keynote speakers. I will also be providing a one-hour concurrent session "Developmentally Appropriate Practices--The Dos and Don'ts of Working with Young Children." 

Attendees must register for the conference. You can learn more and register here

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Aug
2
to Aug 5

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference 2017

I will be presenting a concurrent session with my colleague, Dave Catlin, on business planning related to starting up a nature-based preschool. I will also be presenting a research poster related to a project I've been working on with David Sobel and Dr. Lori Skibbe. Session attendees must be registered for the conference. For more information about the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference, click here.

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Apr
22
8:00 AM08:00

In Bloom Conference: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education (Keynote Address)

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I am excited to be one of two keynote speakers and session presenters at the April 22 "In Bloom Conference" in Kittery, Maine, hosted by Antioch University of New England. The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynotes and two workshop timeslots to actively engage in the nature programming of your choice. All events focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children.

My keynote is titled From Preschool to Early Elementary: Learning from One Community’s Journey with Nature-based Education. Amy Butler, of North Branch Nature Center, will be the other keynote speaking on A New Path in the Forest: Moving Beyond the Classroom for Exploration, Creativity and Growth.

Registration will open in mid-January. To register, or for more information, click here. To view the event brochure, click here

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Feb
25
8:00 AM08:00

Coming Together for Children Early Childhood Conference

I'm excited to be presenting a session titled "Integrating Nature into the Preschool Classroom--Both Indoors and Outdoors" at the Central Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children's (CMAEYC) annual conference.

This requires conference registration. For more information or to register, click here

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Jan
25
to Jan 28

Opening Minds Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference & Expo

I'll be joining Claire Warden at the Opening Minds Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference in Chicago as one of her U.S. Associate Trainers. Claire will kick off the session with a 1-hour overview of her Nature Pedagogy philosophy which is a nature-based approach to being with children inside, outside in play areas, and beyond into parks and forests. As Claire says, “Nature pedagogy is giving people an identity to be able to say that they are proud and skilled to learn with nature, anywhere in the world. Imagine Nature Pedagogues inspiring and connecting children, families and education across the globe, fabulous.” Other sessions will include:

Science: How does water move? Explore the properties of water; test theories of solid, liquids and gas as we create water systems in the room.

Technology: Why doesn’t the spider stick to the web? Use technology to look at the fascinating world of spiders and gecko feet to unlock how things stick.

Engineering: Who teaches a bird how to build a nest? Nature’s engineers are very skillful.  Explore how termites, bees and birds have amazing skills to be engineers, construct structures using nature as a provocation.

Math: Why is a banana curved? Is it possible that the natural world is actually mathematically designed?  Unlock the mysteries of spirals, curves and whorls.

In all the workshops you will:

  • Leave the sessions with more enthusiasm, knowledge and skills than when you came in!
  • Understand how to make scientific thinking visible through Floorbooks and Talking Tubs™
  • Have an awareness of how to respond to children’s interests and fascinations
  • Be able to see how to help children progress in their theories and ideas through the expressive arts
  • Receive a Nature Passport to share with others as a record of the thinking you have done at the start of your Journey into Nature to learn about S.T.E.A.M.

For more information or to register click here.

More about Claire Warden, B.ED (Hons):

International educational consultant, working across Australia, Canada, USA and Europe.
Founder of International Association of Nature Pedagogy & MD Mindstretchers Ltd

Claire’s approach to Nature Kindergartens has earned her international recognition as a pioneer in educational thinking. Her respect for children and families runs through the Floorbook approach that is used within Nature Pedagogy to incorporate children’s voices into intentional teaching. Claire Warden is one of the world’s leading consultants and writers on the use of consultative methods in education.

The centre for excellence she has set up in the UK is renowned for Auchlone Nature Kindergarten and the consultative Floorbooks used there.  Her own learning pathway as a teacher, involves working in a wide variety of settings (2-18 years), mentoring and advisory work, authoring over 14 books and designing resources and landscapes.

Claire is an international advisor to the Children and Nature Network, World Forum Foundation and the International School Grounds Group. She was voted Exceptional Master Leader in the field of Early Care and Education, is a Visiting Fellow at Strathclyde University and is currently engaged in a PhD exploring Nature Pedagogy.

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