EASTERN REGION ASSOcIATION OF FOREST AND NATURE SCHOOLS

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Online!

    This 3-part webinar series will help you make the most of outdoor learning in natural play spaces! From theory and research to daily practice, you will discover countless ways to explore, design and utilize natural play spaces. These spaces offer vital ways for young children to build skills while developing deeper connections with the natural world. (See complete descriptions for each webinar listed.) Registration includes: The Value of Natural Play Spaces; Planning Your Natural Play Space; and Loose Parts, Tools and Props.

    • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online!
    You know that natural play spaces have significant benefits for young children. But how do you go about creating one? This is a quick and dirty intro to planning a natural play space, no matter your setting. We will walk through important design considerations, features, and ways to mobilize your learning community for support.
    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online!
    Yes, all the elements for meaningful learning are already right there in nature with no enhancement needed. But if you want to facilitate skill development in specific ways, then loose parts, tools and props can supplement outdoor learning experiences. This webinar explores a plethora of materials, tools and props with corresponding activities and processes that you will want to try!
    • Friday, June 23, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online!

    Longing to facilitate mud play with the tots in your care? This webinar explores activities and processes that help young children connect with the earth through glorious mud. Heaps of muddy examples are provided, as well skill development and practical considerations for your program.

    (This is part 1 of 3 in the Summer Series: Mud, Fire and Water.)

    • Friday, June 23, 2017
    • Friday, August 11, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Online!

    The basic earth elements of mud, fire and water are inspiration for this playful webinar series. Discover a plethora of approaches to help facilitate memorable sensory experiences with young children. Whether you are new to mud, fire and water play or you are looking for fresh ideas for your nature-based program, this series is oozing with fun ideas. Guidance with regard to policies, parents, and staff are included. Highlights and tips from regional nature preschools and forest kindergartens will also be shared. 

    (This is the complete 3-part Summer Webinar Series: Mud, Fire and Water.)

    • Friday, July 07, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online!

    Fire is one of the most basic ways people connect with the earth and young children are no exception. Discover ways to incorporate fire (yes, FIRE) into your early childhood program. We reveal tips from nature preschools and forest kindergartens as well as key policies on safety and parent buy-in. 

    (This is part 2 of 3 in the Summer Series: Mud, Fire and Water.)

    • Friday, August 11, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online!

    The water cycle is a time-honored topic that early childhood educators share with young children. But how? Another water cycle mobile? This webinar emphasizes how water brings the senses to life as young children discover the states of matter, aquatic habitats, and weather through experiential (wet!) outdoor play.

    (This is part 3 of 3 in the Summer Series: Mud, Fire and Water.)

    • Saturday, August 26, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD

    Nature is an amazing way to offer skills and inspiration to the little ones in your care. Whether you are a daycare provider or preschool teacher, come discover nature-based activities and approaches during this energizing teacher retreat. Dress to be outdoors! 

    *Retreat is offered in partnership with the Carroll Community College. ERAFANS Member discounts apply. Maryland teachers earn 6 MSDE-approved clock hours of training.

    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • New Jersey

    Join us for an Outdoor Teacher Retreat at the Painted Oaks Nature School in Hopewell, NJ. There are some very special features planned for this event - you won't want to miss it! Stay tuned for our training schedule...

    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • North Carolina

    We are working with partners in North Carolina to plan another Outdoor Teacher Retreat packed with training for nature-based educators. More details coming soon!

Past events

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Webinar Series, Part 1: The Value of Natural Play Spaces
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Natural Wonder Summit
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