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Thurs.-Friday, October 22-23, 2020 

Brookside GARDENS, Wheaton, MD 

*Due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this event may be go virtual!
About the Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference

Discover a range of outdoor learning environments and approaches to natural play space design during this one-of-a-kind event at Brookside Gardens! Thursday features an inspiring keynote by renowned UK-based author and educator, Jan White, founder of Early Childhood Outdoors (ECO). Thursday is full of engaging workshops that highlight ways to take learning outdoors. If you are searching for ideas for your program's nature play space, or you'd like more information about the benefits of nature play, this conference offers examples from the Chesapeake region!

Light breakfast and lunch are included, on Thursday but bring your canteen for drinks. If you join us for Friday excursions, please pack a bag lunch. ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event (pending CEU approval). Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen! 

This is event is co-sponsored by the wonderful partners of the Maryland Nature Play Space Working Group:

Schedule of Workshops
*Subject to change and may go virtual!*

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Day 1: Brookside Gardens

8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast and registration
9-9:30 a.m.  Opening remarks and guest speaker
9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker
10:45-12 p.m. Morning workshops
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:30 p.m. Afternoon workshops
2:30-3:30 p.m. Networking activities
3:30-4 p.m. Closing gathering

Friday, October 23, 2020
Day 2: Nature Play Space tours (choose from Baltimore or Northern VA tours)

Save the date! Workshop descriptions coming soon!

Learn more about our payment and refund policies here. Thank you for joining us.

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