These scheduled training events allow you to learn from presenters in real time and ask questions as the webinar takes place. Our webinars are recorded and can be played back at a later time, but you get the most out of this format through live participation. Webinars are one hour long. Webinar series highlight a topic over multiple sessions.
NOTE: Since teaching schedules and variable time zones can make webinar attendance tricky, we'll email the webinar link and materials to you following the scheduled webinar. Watch when it works for you!
Naturally Ready for Kindergarten
Wed., December 6, 2017 | 3-4 PM
(Registration now closed, link will be made available shortly. Preview the full, self-directed course for a deeper dive into readiness.)
“But will my child be ready for kindergarten?” We hear this question time and again as parents grapple with where to send their children to preschool. This webinar explores how nature preschools prepare children for future learning by supporting growth across developmental domains. Expert presenters discuss universal best practices in early childhood education to examine the question of ‘kindergarten readiness’ from a nature pedagogy perspective.
This webinar is presented in partnership with the Natural Start Alliance. Presenters include co-hosts Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, founder and executive director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) and Amanda McMickle, director of the Will Smith Zoo School at the San Antonio Zoo.
The Value of Natural Play Spaces
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.
Water Play with Young Children
The water cycle is a time-honored topic that early childhood educators share with young children. But how? Another water cycle mobile? This webinar emphasizes how water brings the senses to life as young children discover the states of matter, aquatic habitats, and weather through experiential (wet!) outdoor play.
Back to [Nature] School Basics
Heading back to nature preschool? Join us for a webinar that will explore specific items you'll want to address with children, parents, and teachers. Brush up on policies, routines, and materials that will help everyone get back into the nature preschool groove! If you're establishing a new program, this webinar offers great insight about the basics.