Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Our fifth annual professional development event geared towards enabling access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for early childhood (birth through age 8). Keynote speaker David Sobel, Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England, will address innovations in nature play for early childhood and early elementary age groups. Come away with practical and effective ideas for incorporating nature play into your early childhood programs and curriculum. Sessions will be led by a variety of early childhood and environmental experts. Inspiring Nature Play is possible because of the collaborative effort between Chicago Botanic Garden, The Alliance for Early Childhood, BackYard Nature Center, Greeley Elementary School, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Kohl Children’s Museum, Natural Start Alliance (a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education), and Northfield Community Nursery School.
Parking and lunch are included.
CPDUs: 6, Gateways: 6
Grade level: Birth – Grade 3
8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-in and Registration
9 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the Day
9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
10:40 – 11:25 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:40 A.M. – 12:25 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:35 – 1:35 P.M. Lunch, Networking, and Hands-on Nature-Play Experiences
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Evaluation and CPDU Form Completion