Reaching Nature Connection Conference
8th Bi-Annual Outdoor Conference
for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Mentors
Fire, Knives, Sticks, and Bones
October 5-6, 2019 / Bishop, CA
Location: In the beautiful Eastern Sierra, near Bishop, CA
Early Bird rate for first 10 spaces ($250)
Regular Individual ($275)
ECE Current Student ($150)
Groups 3-6 members (10% off).
Join us in exploring the developmental gifts and lessons provided by risky play, tools, and found playthings that require special attention from adults and children alike.
We will dive deeply into the following topics through games, stories, songs, lecture, discussion, interaction, and reflection:
- Why risk is essential to the child's development of self-confidence, self-regulation, and competency
- How play in Nature inherently affords opportunities to take healthy risks
- Developing more calm and skill at handling children’s risky play
- Helping young children develop good judgment
- Nature-connected risk assessment
Reaching Nature Connection Conference ~ East Coast
Singing Snails and Rainbow Tails
May 2-3, 2020 / Asheville, NC
co-sponsored by School of Integrated Living (SOIL)
visit SOIL to learn more + register
Reaching Nature Connection invites you to join in an exciting weekend of hands-on, research-based, and anecdotal learning. As always, the conference will be infused with songs, games, stories, and deeper nature connection.
Reaching Nature Connection (RNC) is an annual, outdoor conference based on forest schools, wilderness awareness and early childhood education. Participants will be linked to a diverse group of outdoor educators. This conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschool families, camp counselors, and parents.
RNC is collaboratively taught by Erin Boehme, Kelly Villarruel, and Lia Grippo, co-founders of the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers.
CEUs available through Antioch University, Santa Barbara
Overview of the Conference Weekend
Saturday ~ 9am to 5pm
(8:15-8:45am check in)
Sunday ~ 9am to 4pm
Reaching Nature Connection is a fully outdoor conference that offers an opportunity to set your watch aside and allow the leaders of the conference to hold time for you. The rhythm of each day is designed to move between active and contemplative learning, with a thematic thread running throughout. We will flow between lecture and hands on components, weaving together our learning through a variety of approaches, with each new component building on the next.
What conference participants have to say...
Reaching Nature Connection Conference is a program of The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers
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