Training for Schools, Programs, & CEnters

We know each Center, program, and school has unique needs for professional development. Whether you are just starting out with nature-based education, are exploring new practices, or would like some support in your growth - we are here for you! It's easy to host an event - let us know if you'd like to host one in your town! 

Registration for our in-person courses in Summer 2022 will be announced late September. These fill, so don't delay if you want to join us! Online options also available for level 1 certification.


Nature-Based Teacher Certification

Natural Wonder Summit (Our big member's gathering!)
June 3-5, 2022 at the Anne Close Springs Greenway in Fort Mill, SC

Outdoor Teacher Retreat
February 26, 2022 at The Playgarden by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach, FL

Outdoor Learning in a Nutshell: Taking Learning Outside! 
March 2, 7, & 9, 2021 Online and in person at Carrie Murray Nature Center in Baltimore, MD on March 12, 2021

*Thanks to PNC grant funding, this course is FREE for Baltimore City early childhood educators and directors working with children ages birth-5 years old.

You can learn more about our payment and refund policies here. Please note that by registering for an ERAFANS event, you give us permission to photograph and/or video you during the training. We use these images to share and promote our events. Speak up if you do not want us to photograph you! We look forward to meeting you at an up-coming event. (Psst! Remember your canteen and your rain boots!)

Preview Past teacher training events: 


Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference, Online on Oct. 22, 2020


Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Hopewell, NJ on April 17, 2021
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Columbia, SC on March 6-7, 2020
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Palm Harbor, FL on Feb. 15, 2020
Master Class: Essential Nature Pedagogy, Newport, NC, on Oct. 14, 2019
Tender Sprouts Caregivers Conference, Baltimore, MD on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019 
Brukner Nature Center, Troy, OH on Sat., June 8, 2019
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA on Sat., May 18, 2019
Lime Hollow Forest Preschool, Cortland, NY on Sat., May 11, 2019
WildRock, Crozet, VA, on Sat., April 27, 2019
Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville, GA, Sat., February 23, 2019
Children's Tree House at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, Sat., October 27, 2018
Aurora Waldorf School, West Falls, NY, Sat., October 6, 2018
Nature-Based Teacher Certification, Wild Haven Forest Preschool, Baltimore, MD, July 9-12, 2018
What About a Forest School, Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, NY, Fri., June 1, 2018
Common Ground Environmental Education Center and NatureYear, New Haven, CT, Sat., May 5, 2018
World House Community Supported Education, Tues., March 13, 2018, Reisterstown, MD
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Sat., February 10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Painted Oak Nature School, Sat., November 11, 2017, Hopewell, NJ  
Carroll Community College, Sat., September 30, 2017, Westminster, MD 


Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, June 4-6, 2021 (rescheduled from 2020)

Miami Nature Playschool, North Miami, FL, March 15-17, 2019

Woodson Branch Nature School, Marshall, NC, June 1-3, 2018

New Canaan Nature Center & Preschool, New Canaan, CT April 1-2, 2017

Questions about payments or refunds? You can learn more about our policies here.

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