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. 

 

2020

October

October 12, 2020 to May 28, 2021
Forest School Teacher Institute announces a new virtual training program for busy people. Topics include: how to become an effective forest school teacher, how to oversee a forest school program, how to start-up a forest school program, and how to advance your leadership skills in a forest school environment. All courses will be individualized and dig deeply into the roots of forest school — community, compassion, and holistic child development. Forest School Teacher Institute founder, Dr. Jean Lomino, along with a highly qualified and experienced team of Forest School teachers, founders and administrators from around the US and the world will lead the training. Jean is also co-founder and director of Wauhatchie School, the first forest...
2021

January

January 9, 2021 to February 20, 2021
Online
The Resourced Teacher series offers ready-to-implement tools to feel fully nourished and show up every day for our important work and purpose. As teachers, we spend so much time caring for others and other people’s children. Learning how to care for ourselves, how to make time without feeling guilty, and also what to do during that time is essential. We will learn and practice tools that you can use for yourself, as well as in your classroom. Learning how to regulate ourselves is just as important as learning how to spot disregulation due to trauma and empowering our students to do the same. These sessions will combine learning and discussing in front of the screen with movement and mindfulness practices. You will also be asked to keep a...
January 12, 2021 to January 26, 2021
Online
If you are starting a new forest or nature preschool program this fall (including childcare and home school classes), our intensive 12-clock hour Forest and Nature Preschool Bootcamp can help you get started! We address a range of topics including: -Honing your vision, mission, and educational philosophy -Establishing program basics like daily rhythm, class sizes, schedules -Business planning/determining a business structure -Locations and partners -Licensing considerations -How to set tuition, compensate staff, and create a program budget -Policies and practices for your parent handbook -Creating greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in your program -Safety and risk management, including liability insurance needs -Finding...
January 19, 2021 to March 16, 2021
Online
This seasonal series is packed with practical approaches to help teachers take learning outside. Join experienced practitioners from the Eastern Ridge School in Great Falls, Virginia during this inspiring (and useful!) virtual series. Classes will meet on third Tuesdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, and Mar. 16. Read on for detailed session descriptions. A professional development certificate will be awarded at the conclusion of the series. Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 7-8:30PM (EST) Bring it On! Embracing the Weather as a Teaching Tool So you are all geared up in your new waterproof anorak and your preschoolers and their families are prepared for countless days outside, but does the reality of teaching in the rain still make you feel like...

February

February 2, 2021 to March 12, 2021
Online
We are thrilled to offer a five-day Nature-based Teacher Certification! This 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. Learn more about each level of certification below. REGISTRATION OPTIONS There are two options to attend the level 1 NBTC course: you can join us in person for a five-day training experience (June 28-July 2, 2021 in Baltimore, MD or July 19-23 in Toledo, OH) or register for a six-week online course. Please note...
February 2, 2021 to March 29, 2021
Online
This course develops core routines, which are habits that help us draw closer to nature. As teachers and outdoor guides, we must nurture our relationship with and as part of the natural world to better help children do the same. This course takes inspiration from Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown (2010). We share a seasonal journey integrating core routines and nature connection practices in our own lives, complemented by suggestions for sharing core routines with young children. Be prepared for self-directed experiences you will do outdoors between class meetings. CLASS MEETINGS Mondays from Feb. 22 through March 29, 2021 from 7-9 p.m. (see schedule below). FLOW OF CLASS SCHEDULE...
February 8, 2021 to June 12, 2021
34 Grist Mill Place
Marshfield, VT 05658
The Tea Project: Designing, Planting and Caring for a Perennial Tea Garden, is designed for educators who are passionate about bringing nature, biology, routines for empowerment, social emotional learning and social justice into the daily classroom routine. Enroll now to learn the unique curriculum immersion of science observation skills and practices through the lens of the plant cycle and mindfulness. This course is virtual and meets once weekly in a synchronous session. Learn more about The Tea Project here: https://www.luna-root.com/the-tea-project. Contact: Angie Barger at luna-root@gmail.com or (802) 595-2512, Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JBJ7P7C .

June

June 28, 2021 to July 2, 2021
The Carriage House at the Gramercy
Baltimore, MD 21153
We are thrilled to offer a five-day Nature-based Teacher Certification! This 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. Learn more about each level of certification below. REGISTRATION OPTIONS There are two options to attend the level 1 NBTC course: you can join us in person for a five-day training experience (June 28-July 2, 2021 in Baltimore, MD or July 19-23 in Toledo, OH) or register for a six-week online course. Please note...

July

July 19, 2021 to July 23, 2021
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Toledo, OH 43614
We are thrilled to offer a five-day Nature-based Teacher Certification! This 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. Learn more about each level of certification below. REGISTRATION OPTIONS There are two options to attend the level 1 NBTC course: you can join us in person for a five-day training experience (June 28-July 2, 2021 in Baltimore, MD or July 19-23 in Toledo, OH) or register for a six-week online course. Please note...