From the ground uP:
Outdoor learning IN PRE-K to 5th Grade

Mon.-Tues., August 15-16, 2022

Camp Albemarle, newport, NC

About this Nature-Based Training    

Outdoor learning is possible, no matter the age group you work with! Bring your teaching team for 2 full days of outdoor, immersive learning and hone nature-based practices at your school or center. If you're looking for helpful PD before heading back to school, this can help get your team into a naturally inspired frame of mind.

ERAFANS facilitators will lead workshops designed for those working with Pre-K to 5th grade students. Built in time for team collaboration means you will head home ready to hit the ground running with new ideas!  *Note: Please bring your canteen for drinks and pack a lunch. 

Participants will receive a professional development certificate for 12 clock hours at the end of the 2-day workshop; group discounts available for 3 or more teachers from the same program.


Monday, August 15, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kick off the two days of learning with a full day of workshops with topics and content relevant to those working with preschool and elementary school age students. General naturalist knowledge and earth skills will be incorporated during outdoor time, as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For today's workshops, we will dig into finding a balance between emergent curriculum and intentional activities that link to curricula. We will explore additional outdoor activities for children and provide space for educators to test them out! We will also reserve time for teaching teams to plan activities and approaches around new ideas. 

Workshop Descriptions

Monday, August 15

Nature-Based Learning, Indoors and Out | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We'll start at the beginning with nature-based concepts and our own connection to the outdoors. As we move through the foundation of nature-based learning, we'll look at how we can support the whole child while enhancing any curriculum. Teachers will explore hands-on approaches to inquiry and outdoor learning and consider ways to invite nature indoors to classroom settings. This lively training includes a blend of outdoor experiences, group discussion, and direct experience with nature to exemplify how to bring nature-based learning inside and out.

Linking Outdoor Learning to Development Domains (for teaching teams) | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Let's put our morning work to the test and think about how to use intentional teaching and emergent approaches to support learning across the learning domains and standards. This will be done with entire teaching teams to build capacity for Program and Center-wide growth. 

Tuesday, August 16

Risky Outdoor Play & Childhood Passions| 9:30 -11 a.m.

What are the benefits to risky outdoor play? How do you balance healthy risk-taking with the reality of safety considerations outdoors? What tools and practices can protect children, staff, and the program as whole? How do you talk to families about risks versus hazards? We'll use this time to explore how we can foster childhood passions while engaging in developmentally appropriate risky play outdoors. 

Play, Policy, and Assessment| 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Gather with your teaching team to explore tools many educators use in nature-based teaching and begin to think about bringing new risky practices to your program. 

Risky Play in Practice| 1-3:30 p.m.

Using our morning experiences as inspiration, we will examine important considerations for risky play and craft a tailored approach to help you communicate your unique philosophy on risk-taking.

Meet your Presenter

Julie Biedrzycki 

Julie has been teaching since 2001, and is currently raising and homeschooling her 4 young children. As a student of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland College Park, Julie ran educational support programs in local public elementary schools, which inspired her to stay involved with youth and her community ever since. In the education field for 20 years now, she has taught all ages from preschoolers to adults, and everyone in between. Her offerings have included a wide variety of programs and courses, from public to private schools, non-profit organizations, traditional classrooms, gardens, and National Parks. Julie specializes in nature education, and is passionate about gardening, wild foraging, herbalism, and sustainable living. She lives in Maryland, as caretaker to a beautiful historic forest and the century-old homes there. Julie brings both experience and enthusiasm to her work, and is currently the President of the Board for Ancestral Knowledge 501(c)3, a primitive skills and nature connection organization. A lifelong learner and dedicated teacher, Julie is always finding inspiration in the natural world and is eager to share it with others.

Lodging & Meals

Rustic camping is available on the grounds of Camp Albemarle for $10. Campers will have access to restrooms but no showers. Meals are not provided, so please plan to bring a brown bagged lunch and your canteen. Questions? Contact

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