Erin Kenny, director of Cedarsong Nature Preschool on Vashon Island, Washington will lead the list of presenter for this yearâ€™s In Bloom in Keene conference to be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, May 16, at AUNE. She will be presenting â€œForest Kindergartens and Nature Pedagogy as her keynote, as well as a workshop, â€œHow Nature Immersion Benefits ADHD and Autistic Children.â€
The afternoon keynote will be Ann Pelo, a teacher-educator, consultant and author from Seattle, sharing â€œThe Goodness of Rain: A Year of Natural Explorations with a Young Child.â€ In addition, she will present a workshop on â€œThe Sense of Wonder: Practices for Cultivating an Ecological Identity.â€
Other presentations include:
- â€œDiscovering Montessori Outdoors: The Naturally Prepared Environment,â€ with Cindi Page Rapoza of Little Peeps Montessori Naturskola in Little Compton, Rhode Island
- â€œSticks and Faeries: A Waldkindergartenâ€™s Perspective on Gender,â€ with Kristen Smyrni and Katie Roberts of Natick Organic Commmunity Farm in Natick, Massachusetts
- â€œMaking and Using Felted AnimalsÂ and Story Cloths to Complement Outdoor Discoveries,â€ with Janet Altobello of The Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire
- â€œOn the Beaten Path: Utilizing Natural Materials to Explore the World of Rhythm,â€ with Deb Kardane of Academy Elementary School in Brattleboro and Todd Roach of Kindle Farm School in Newfane, Vermont
- â€œWhy We Build Fires: Cultivating Attention: Observation, and Tenderness by Teaching with Fireâ€ with Amy Butler and Lindsey Vandal of the Northbranch Nature Center in Montpelier, Vermont
- â€œStorytelling on the Spotâ€ with Amy Fredland of Sophiaâ€™s Hearth Family Center in Keene, New Hampshire
- â€œThe Yucky and the Dangerous: Risk Management in Nature-based Early Childhood Educationâ€ with Anne Stires of Juniper Hill School in Alna, Maine.
- â€œPlaying with Natural Systems: Designing School Groundsâ€ with Ginny Sullivan of Conway School/Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Design, Conway, Massachusetts
- New this year is an Evening Campfire program, â€œFroggy Went Aâ€™Courtinâ€™,â€ with Susie Spikol Faber of the Harris Center for Conservation Education, and Mary DesRosiers, folk-heritage musician and contradance caller.
- Conference participants are also invited to attend the May Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17 at Sophiaâ€™s Hearth Family Center in Keene.
The cost for the day-long conference is $125 for general registration, $100 for a team of four from the same organization, $75 for AUNE alumni and $50 for current matriculated students. Register Here.