Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens Workshop Day

What would happen if the young child went forth some part of every day, forth into the nearby natural world, into the woods and meadows, along paths and streams, in rain or shine, tromping though mudand snow. Would it make a difference in her learning, her health, her happiness? YES! say

"Leaving your children in the woods – on purpose" article from The Local Germany's News in English

teachers ofnature pre-schools and forest kindergartens. After flourishing in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, throughout Europe and even cropping up in Asia, nature pre-schools and forest kindergartens are taking root throughout New England. Come hear what’s happening out there.

All early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the natural world on a regular basis are invited.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
9:00am – 4:00 pm
Antioch University New England, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH

Cosponsored by: Harris Center for Conservation Education & Sophia’s Hearth Family Center

For more information and to register online, visit our website at: or call 603.283.2301

Workshop Schedule:

9:00  Opening: Why 21st Century Children Need Nature – David Sobel

10:15  Field Trips and Workshops:
Wonder of the Woods – Amy Friedland
Young Children Outdoors – Susan Weber
Movement and Dance – Jane Miller

Noon  Lunch: Finding/Making Special Places

1:00  Thinking about Outdoor Spaces: Lens on Outdoor Learning – Virginia Sullivan

2:00  Field Trips and Workshops:
A Day in the Life of Juniper Hill – Anne Stires
Babes in Backpacks, Tots in Tow – Susie Spikol
Nature Crafts for Young Children – Ron Labrusciano

3:45  Closing Ritual

$75 per person; $50 for four or more; $50 for AUNE alumni; $20 for current AUNE Students
Registration cost includes lunch

  1. Please look at what one amazing woman is doing in Western Colorado to bring this educational philosophy to life:

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