Outdoor Teacher Retreat

Fri.-Sat., March 6-7, 2020 

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, SC


Featuring Keynote Rudy Mancke, naturalist, professor, and host of NPR's Nature Notes!

About this Nature-Based Training    
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a lovely backdrop for this special two-day training event! Join us as we discover best practices and approaches to nature-based education, especially useful for educators new to outdoor learning. Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. 

This training is ideal for educators, caregivers, and others working with children three to six years old. 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!

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 with a highly anticipated keynote at 7 p.m. with Rudy Mancke. Gather round the campfire afterwards for an informal networking session, complete with dessert, a drink on us, and a cash bar to enjoy while you mingle with new friends. On Saturday, join us for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a full day of inspiring workshops until 4 p.m. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, as well as admission to the zoo and gardens on Friday from 2- 5p.m.

Schedule of Workshops
Friday, March 6, 2020
6:30 p.m. Registration at Endoakie Lodge
7-8 p.m.  Keynote: Natural History In and Out of the Classroom by Rudy Mancke III
8-9:30 p.m. Campfire networking

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast and registration at Botanical Garden
9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Morning sessions
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-3:45 p.m. Afternoon sessions
3:45-4 p.m.  Conclusion, including survey and professional development certificates

Keynote: Natural History In and Out of the Classroom
Presented by: Rudy Mancke
Seasoned naturalist Rudy Mancke shares ways to use natural artifacts and knowledge about local natural history to inspire connections with curriculum. Firsthand accounts of wild expeditions will open your eyes to all the learning that awaits outside the classroom door. (Don't miss Rudy's walk in the woods on Saturday, too!)

Session Descriptions

Explore the Fall Line with Rudy
Join us for a walk to explore the geology and organisms typical of this area. 
Our walk will be the keynote remarks put into action in the field. We will consider the many connections in the natural world during a "real" walk in the woods.

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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