This training is ideal for educators, caregivers, and others working with children three to eight years old (preschool to 3rd grade). Attendees work in all kinds of settings, from nature-based schools and forest kindergartens to public schools, traditional preschools, HeadStart programs, childcare centers, daycare, and more. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks.
ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!
Featuring keynote presenter Patricia Leon, founder of the Miami Nature Playschool in Miami, Florida and many other experienced nature-based educators in the region.
Educators have a special opportunity to help parents discover nature with their children and understand the value of unstructured, child-led play. Through the lens of leadership training, Patricia discusses how we can help build parents' confidence by sharing approaches that empower children to make choices about their learning and play. She also highlights ways we can support nature connection, model gentle ways of learning, and honor a child's freedom to explore.
Fostering Play with a Nurturing Rhythm
Anna Butler, The Playgarden by the Sea, Jacksonville, FL
A discussion on how educators can develop a daily rhythm for their preschool Forest program that will facilitate child-led play and allow the space to nurture a love for the natural world
The Magic of Storytelling
Connie Manson, Suncoast Waldorf School
Join professional storyteller Connie Manson in an exploration of creating and telling stories outdoors using treasures found in nature. We all know that storytelling is nurturing not only for young children but for all ages, the challenge is to just get started!
Growing a Nature Preschool: Tips on Starting a Nature-Based Program
Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
ERAFANS director, Monica Wiedel-Lubinski has founded three nature-based preschools in Maryland and comes with a wealth of knowledge for those looking to start or refine nature-based programs. Bring your questions to this lively, highly informative session.
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