Inspiring Nature Play: Innovations
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.
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Check-in and Registration
9 – 9:20 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Innovations in Nature Play: Early Childhood and Elementary
10:40 – 11:25 a.m.
Caterpillars and Ladybugs: Nature Around Us
11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Art, Music, and Nature: Finding Inspiration in the Forest Preserves
Experiential, Environmental Education
12:35 – 1:35 p.m.
Lunch, Networking, and Hands-on Nature Play Activities
Chicks in the Classroom
How to Make Natural Dyes
Life Above Us
Looking Out the Classroom Window
Mighty Miniature Nature Scenes
Observational Drawing: Learning to Draw What You See
Pop-up Adventure Playground
Upcycled: DIY Nature Play Ideas
Zoom In, Zoom Out
|1:45 – 2:30 p.m.|
Avoiding Ecophobia: How to Help Children Love Nature Before Asking Them to Save It
Bringing Nature to Your Neighborhood Preschool
Integrating Museum Resources to Support Nature Play
Yoga and Mindfulness Techniques to Integrate Nature in the Classroom
|2:45 – 3:30 p.m.|
Knives, Fires, and Civilizations: Outdoor Play with Youth Ages 6 to 12
Nature Buddies: An Inclusive Nature Education Pilot Program
When Plundering Pirates Take Over Your Class: How to Effectively Foster and Document Emergent Curriculum in a Nature-based Program
Evaluation and CPDU Form Completion