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In Bloom in Santa Barbara

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Antioch University Santa Barbara is once again excited to be partnering with Antioch University New England, the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, and the Orfalea Family Children’s Center to offer In Bloom in Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature Based Early Childhood Education. Registration opens this Fall.

nature based educationChildren stomp in puddles, whittle sticks, paint their faces with charcoal, take care of animals and expand their vocabularies, do real math, conduct investigations and develop resilience in nature-based early childhood programs.

We invite you to both join in the dialogue and actively participate in this one-day conference, on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The conference will feature a morning keynote, an afternoon panel discussion and workshops by local practitioners. All events will focus on the educational and health benefits of being in the natural world with children.

All early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators, and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the nearby natural and built environments are invited.

Conference Schedule

8:15 am – 9:00 am Registration Check-In

9:00 am – 9:10 am Opening Circle

9:15 am – 10:15 am Morning Keynote

10:30 am – 12:00 noon Morning Workshops

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch is provided.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Keynote

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Afternoon Workshops

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Circle

Registration Fees

  • Individual: $125
  • Group (3 or more from same organization): $100 each
  • Antioch University Alumni & Staff: $75
  • Antioch University Students $50


Online registration will open this Fall. For more information please contact Kelly Pena at AUSB at 805-962-8179 x5315 or kpena@antioch.edu.

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Explore Our Programs

AUSB offers a unique Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate program, as well as a MA in Education, concentration in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education.


November 3
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101