In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
Antioch University New England will host three In Bloom conferences this spring. The first, In Bloom in Vermont, will be held on the third day of spring, March 23, 2019, at Academy Elementary School in Brattleboro. We’re well aware there will not be much in bloom in March, so this year we’ve assigned an “in bloom in snow” theme to the In Bloom in Vermont conference. We’ll be focusing on how to work with children outdoors in winter.
The Second conference, In Bloom in Maine: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education brings us back to Kittery, Maine, to work with the vibrant nature-based early childhood educators there. We look forward to a lovely warm spring day to celebrate the end of Earth Week! This conference has always filled to capacity, so plan to register early. Online registration is fairly simple, as we are now doing workshop sign-ups at morning registration instead of online.
In the past, In Bloom workshops have catered to teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 6, but children grow up, so we’re catching up! This year our workshops are geared to preschool through third grade, so invite your elementary teacher colleagues.
Please do read through the conference brochure for the workshop descriptions and come prepared to make your selections while enjoying a cup of java (or tea). Registration will be open at 8:00 am to allow time.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Academy Elementary School
- The Importance of Nature Art
Marghanita Hughes, Director, Educating the Heart through Nature Art Kelowna, British Columbia Director, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT
- Eight Owls, Eight Kindergarteners, and Two Teachers
Anne Stires,Founder and Director, Juniper Hill School for Place-based Education, Alna, ME, Faculty, Education Department, Antioch University New England
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Eyes of the World Discovery Center,
Kittery Community Center, Kittery, Maine
- Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World
Nancy Striniste Landscape Designer and Early Childhood Educator, Director of EarlySpace, Washington, DC
- Girls on the Edge of Wildlands
Brandi Cartwright Director, Raintree School, St. Louis, MO
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Co-sponsoring with the Teton Science School
- Jennifer Azzariti, Studio and Pedagogical Consultant to Schools, Washington, DC
- Ellen Doris, Faculty, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
More information coming soon.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment
- Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusive Nature-based Learning
Sheila Williams Ridge, Director, Shirley G. Moore Lab School, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
- Ted’s Tick Talk
Ted Watt, Naturalist, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, MA
Questions? Contact Peg Smeltz at email@example.com