EASTERN REGION ASSOcIATION OF FOREST AND NATURE SCHOOLS

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 02, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840
    • 9

    *Complete schedule and details here! The info below is brief since you're ready to register!*

    The Natural Wonder Summit is a very special gathering. More than straightforward training, the Summit is an event for nature-based early childhood practitioners who want to recharge and celebrate! Feel the energy and kinship offered by others who have the same goals as you.

    Learn nature-based best practices from passionate experts and enthusiastic newcomers alike. A local "nature happy hour" Friday evening at 7 p.m. is followed by an engaging Saturday of nature-based workshops from 8:30 a.m.  to 6 p.m.
    An optional excursion to the Westbrook Nature School is on Sunday from 10-12 p.m.

    Acclaimed keynote presenter Ken Finch explores how to balance taking risks during outdoor play with common sense risk management strategies during his presentation entitled Risky Play.

    This event is the first annual gathering of ERAFANS members. We are excited to meet all of you! We can't wait to see you at the New Canaan Nature Center in CT on March 31-April 2, 2017!

    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online!
    There is a rich history of natural play spaces the world over. This webinar offers a survey of natural play spaces with a deeper look at substantial skill development linked with outdoor play. Research from academic sources will be offered throughout. If you want to know more about the proven value of natural play spaces, or if you need more talking points for parents, fellow colleagues or grants, this is great place to begin.
    • 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!
    • 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, October 21, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • North Carolina

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

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

    Join us for an Outdoor Learning 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...

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