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

February

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 .

April

April 6, 2021 to May 13, 2021
We are thrilled to offer our Nature-Based Teacher Certification as an online option! You will gain a deeper understanding of nature pedagogy and practices as you earn this introductory credential. Our engaging, 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. We draw from experienced educators with diverse perspectives to help you hone your own approaches to nature-based ECE. 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. Visit www.erafans.org/teacher-certification for details.

May

May 15, 2021
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Amherst, MA
In Bloom in Western Massachusetts will happen on 15 May 2021 from 9:00 – 4:00 at the beautiful Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Massachusetts. The maples, sassafras and inspiring ideas will be flowering by this time in the spring. Hopefully, we’ll mostly be immunized and the pandemic will be a fading memory.

June

June 5, 2021
Online
VT
In Bloom in Vermont will be a digital conference co-sponsored by the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier on 5 June 2021 from 12:30 to 4:30. This conference will accommodate 150 participants.
June 14, 2021
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05607
This is an introductory ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Institute course that acquaints participants with the routines and protocols that structure a successful outdoor learning and play experience. Participants will: Develop a knowledge base and skill set to incorporate nature immersion practices into your program in a way that meets the needs of your students. Learn how to conduct site assessments and how to manage hazards and risks within an outdoor classroom space. Explore foundational math and literacy skills in nature with nature. Learn how to partner with the natural world to bring the curriculum outdoors and nature indoors while meeting NGSS, Common Core and Vermont Early Learning Standards. Build upon existing strengths and...
June 19, 2021
Juniper Hill School for Place-based Education
ME
In Bloom in Maine will be on 19 June 2021 from 9:00 to 4:00. We’ve loved being at the Kittery Community Center in Kittery for the past four years but this year we’re heading downeast to the Juniper Hill School in Alna, ME. Juniper Hill School has been a leader during this school year in training teachers to take learning outside during the pandemic.
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...