In Bloom Conferences | 2016

Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education


Nature preschools and forest kindergartens have flourished in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Europe since the 1960s. In the last few decades they’ve started to take root throughout New England. Public school kindergartens in Vermont are spending one full day a week in the deep woods on Forest Fridays. Children climb trees, make mudpies, whittle sticks, take care of animals AND expand their vocabularies, do real math, conduct investigations and develop resilience in nature-based programs. Come to one of the 2016 In Bloom conferences and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education.


  • In Bloom in Santa Barbara, Saturday, November 5, 2016
    Isla Vista Elementary School & Orfalea Family Children’s Center
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Coming Soon-Save the Dates for 2017 Conferences in Kittery, Keene and New Haven

To register, download the registration form for In Bloom in Santa Barbara, and follow instructions to submit. In California? You may also give this form and your payment to Kelly Pena in the Education Department at Antioch University Santa Barbara!

Questions? Contact Peg Smeltz at