Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:
The Outdoorification of Vermont Public Schools
What happens when a kindergarten teacher commits to taking her students into the woods every week? Science! Math! Language! Friendship! And then? First graders in the forest and sixth graders at the stream. Excited principals and reinvigorated teachers. In a presentation that shares stories from four Vermont elementary schools, learn the components of sustainable nature-immersion and the inspiring results.
About the Keynote Presenter:
Eliza Minnucci, M.Ed, founder of ForestKinder, Antioch University
Eliza Minnucci was raised in Deerfield, New Hampshire but now calls Tunbridge, Vermont home. Before teaching Kindergarten in Quechee, she taught young children in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Chicago, Seattle and Fort Yukon, Alaska. On hiatus from the kindergarten classroom, she supports teachers in cultivating nature-based play and learning for their students through consultation and teaching the Nature-based Early Childhood Curriculum course at Antioch University New England. She is a frequent presenter at In Bloom conferences throughout New England. She is the author, with Meg Teachout, of A Forest Days Handbook: Program Design for School Days Outside, published in 2018.
You won't want to miss the practical forest kindergarten approaches that Lime Hollow Forest School shares during, "Pooping in the Forest, Sleeping in the Trees". Stay tuned for our complete schedule of presenters!
Country Inn and Suites, Cortland
Hope Lake Lodge, Virgil - ideal for families with a "stay and play" package
Dryden Tiny House, Airbnb