The Natural Wonder Summit is a very special gathering for nature-based educators, administrators, and childcare providers. This three-day event is a joyful way to explore nature-based early childhood education and personal natural connection. We recharge with old friends and new as we celebrate outdoor play and learning!
Situated in Fort Mill, SC, Anne Springs Close Greenway is the backdrop for our three-day gathering from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, 2022. Our summit features sessions for educators working with children ages three through eight years old (preschool - 3rd grade). We are grateful to our partners at the Nature Preschool at the Anne Springs Close Greenway for helping organizing this incredible training event!
Each year the Natural Wonder Summit features a Friday night keynote session that highlights important topics in nature-based education. This year, we will hold a campfire networking event following the keynote. Saturday includes in-person presentations and experiential outdoor workshops on the Greenway. On Sunday, participations can join a private history tour at the Greenway Gateway or rent a kayak at the Lake Haigler kayak launch (optional tours for an additional cost). ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as most of this training will take place outdoors, rain or shine.
Drink and s'mores included Friday evening; light breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday. Bring a brown bag for optional Sunday tours. We strive to minimize our carbon footprint during training, so please bring your own reusable canteen or water bottle for drinks.
COVID-19 protocols are in place including a Health Check and required use of face coverings. This is subject to change as we get closer to the event, so stay tuned! Participants may bring an outdoor camping chair or blanket to physically distance during the training. Your confirmation email contains further details.
NATURAL WONDER SUMMIT SCHEDULE (more details coming soon!)
Friday, June 3, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Featured Evening Keynote Presenter followed by Networking Campfire
Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Interactive outdoor workshops and sessions
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Optional morning tour of an area nature-based program followed by personal nature connection session; choose from 'History in a Backpack' tour or kayaking at the Greenway.
And don't forget to nominate a nature-based teacher you admire for the Wonder Award! Learn more about our payment and refund policies here or read our waiver for program participation. Thank you for joining us!