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

Anne-readingWhat an exciting fourth year of In Bloom conferences! Beginning on our homeground at Antioch University New England on Thursday, May 14, we convened exemplary early childhood educators from downtown to down on the farm in Boston on Tuesday, March 17, in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday, April 25, and Shelburne, Vermont on Wednesday, June 10. Each conference had unique nationally (and internationally) recognized keynote speakers and unique workshops by local practitioners. All events focused powerfully on the educational and health benefits of being outside with children.

Amy-fireNature 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. Preschoolers are exploring naturalized play yards in New Haven. 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 2015-2016 In Bloom conferences and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education.

Conference Locations and Dates

  • In Bloom in Santa Barbara, Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • In Bloom in Boston, 2016 TBA
  • In Bloom in New Haven, 2016 TBA
  • In Bloom in Keene, 2016 TBA
  • In Bloom in Vermont, 2016 TBA