2019 Program Dates TBA
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2018 Program Dates
The Foundation Course ~ Level 1
open to beginners as well as seasoned teachers/naturalists
June 25 - July 6, 2018 / Bishop, CA
The Metamorphic Course ~ Level 2
open to graduates of Level 1
July 16 - 27 / Santa Barbara, CA
The Certification Course - Level 3
open to graduates of Levels 1 and 2
July 18 - 31, 2018 / Santa Barbara, CA
Reaching Nature Connection Conference
Because children’s experience of nature remains a vital and irreplaceable source of healthy development, nothing less than the future of our species is at stake in maintaining and, when compromised, restoring this relationship. The crisis of deeply diminished connections between children and the biological basis of our humanity is too great for us to remain passive. The scale and scope of the problem calls for bold steps and a deeper understanding of what is at stake.
~ Reflections on Children's Experience of Nature, Stephen R. Kellert
THE ACADEMY OF FOREST KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS offers experiential, in-depth training and certification for current and up and coming early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature. In order to build a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, deep nature connection and naturalist skills, we provide an active, engaging, and transformational curriculum. The Academy's comprehensive teacher training programs, workshops, and conferences provide our students with both the theoretical and practical skills, knowledge, and magic to become exceptional educators and mentors in the field of early childhood education.
THE ACADEMY OF FOREST KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS was established in 2014 to provide innovative and in-depth training for forest school teachers and early childhood educators dedicated to connecting children with Nature. Based in Santa Barbara, California, the Academy was formed in partnership with Wild Roots Forest School, one of the longest running forest schools in North America.