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Training for Schools, Programs, & CEnters

We know that every center, program, and school has unique needs for professional development. Whether you are just discovering nature-based education, are exploring new practices, or would like some support in your growth - we are here for you! It's easy to host an event at your site. Let us know if you'd like to host a teacher training in your town! 

Nature-Based Teacher Training Events

Custom Professional Development is available to schools, big and small! If you're looking for something specific for your team, let us know. Please note that schools book several months in advance to ensure our trainers have availability for set PD days already on your school's calendar. The last two weeks of August are popular training times, so be sure to reserve early.

Nature-Based Teacher Certification Registration is open for these essential 36-clock hour courses, available in person and online. The in person courses fill, so don't delay if you want to attend. Online options also available for level 1 certification.

Natural Wonder Summit (Our big member's gathering!)
June 24-25, 2023 Save the date! The Maryland location being confirmed; registration coming January 2023. This is FREE campout event for Members.

You can learn more about our payment and refund policies here. Please note that by registering for an ERAFANS event, you give us permission to photograph and/or video you during the training. We use these images to share and promote our events. Speak up if you do not want us to photograph you! We look forward to meeting you at an up-coming event. (Psst! Remember your canteen and your rain boots!)

Past Outdoor Teacher Retreats & Training Events
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Columbia, MD on Dec. 4, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 5, 2022
From the Group Up: Outdoor Learning PK-5th on Aug. 15, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Chesterfield, NJ on May 13-14, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Jacksonville Beach, FL on Feb. 26, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Hopewell, NJ on April 17, 2021
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Columbia, SC on March 6-7, 2020
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Palm Harbor, FL on Feb. 15, 2020
Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference, Online on Oct. 22, 2020
Master Class: Essential Nature Pedagogy, Newport, NC, on Oct. 14, 2019
Tender Sprouts Caregivers Conference, Baltimore, MD on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019 
Brukner Nature Center, Troy, OH on Sat., June 8, 2019
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA on Sat., May 18, 2019
Lime Hollow Forest Preschool, Cortland, NY on Sat., May 11, 2019
WildRock, Crozet, VA, on Sat., April 27, 2019
Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville, GA, Sat., February 23, 2019
Children's Tree House at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, Sat., October 27, 2018
Aurora Waldorf School, West Falls, NY, Sat., October 6, 2018
Nature-Based Teacher Certification, Wild Haven Forest Preschool, Baltimore, MD, July 9-12, 2018
What About a Forest School, Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, NY, Fri., June 1, 2018
Common Ground Environmental Education Center and NatureYear, New Haven, CT, Sat., May 5, 2018
World House Community Supported Education, Tues., March 13, 2018, Reisterstown, MD
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Sat., February 10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Painted Oak Nature School, Sat., November 11, 2017, Hopewell, NJ  
Carroll Community College, Sat., September 30, 2017, Westminster, MD  


  • Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, June 4-6, 2021 (rescheduled from 2020)
  • Miami Nature Playschool, North Miami, FL, March 15-17, 2019
  • Woodson Branch Nature School, Marshall, NC, June 1-3, 2018
  • New Canaan Nature Center & Preschool, New Canaan, CT April 1-2, 2017

Questions about payments or refunds? You can learn more about our policies here.

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