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

June

June 29, 2020 to October 3, 2020
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...

July

July 6, 2020 to July 10, 2020
McDonogh School
Owings Mills, MD 21117
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 online. We'd love to learn with you this summer!
July 9, 2020
2029 West State Road 426
Oviedo, FL 32765
Join us this summer for our 2020 conference, Innovative Environments: Creating Spaces for Outdoor Learning, hosted by St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School! This two-day conference will show educators how to extend knowledge and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and into the outdoors. Sessions will include intentionally curated workshops from professionals in the Early Childhood and Environmental Education fields, tours of our own outdoor classroom spaces, and hands on activities using your own curriculum and resources. For more information, please see our Eventbrite page linked above or contact us at aburdick@sllcs.org
July 20, 2020 to July 24, 2020
Verdi EcoSchool
Melbourne, FL
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 online. We'd love to learn with you this summer!
July 29, 2020 to 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.