Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In Bloom in Boston: Nature-Based Urban Early Childhood Education

Location: Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA

Spring Conference:

When: 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center

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David Sobel, senior faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will lead the list of presenters for In Bloom in Boston: Best Practices in Nature-based Urban Early Childhood Education, a day-long conference to be held from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on Tuesday, May 13. He will be presenting, Why 21st Century Children Need Nature.

Sobel is author of Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators, Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, and many other books and articles on place- and nature-based education, as well as a sought-after international speaker in the field.

The afternoon keynote will be Patti Bailie, founder of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now serving as adjunct faculty in the AUNE Nature-based Early Childhood Education certificate program. Her topic for the Boston conference is Nature-based Early Childhood in an Urban Setting.

Other presentations include:

Little People and Little Bugs, with Susie Spikol Faber of the Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock, NH

What’s Going on Here? Taking a Closer Look at Learning Outside, with Ginny Sullivan of Conway School/Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Design, Conway, Massachusetts

Creatures that Connect: Exploring Self, Other, and Environment through Learning and Caring for Animals, with Kris Scopinich, Education Director at Drumlin Farm, Mass Audubon Society

The Dirt on Dirt, with Jaimy George and Claire Harris, Pathways to Nature Preschool, Boston Nature Center

Integrating Outdoors and Gardening into the Kindergarten Classroom Curriculum with Bo Hoppin and Erika Barros, Young Achievers School, Mattapan

Who Needs an Acre? Take 10 Steps Outside with Jaimy George and Claire Harris, Pathways to Nature Preschool, Boston Nature Center

Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center

Cost:

Conference Registration Fees for In Bloom in Boston: Best Practices in Nature-based Urban Early Childhood Education

$75 general registration
$50 team of three from same organization
$50 Antioch University New England alumni
$50 employees of Boston Nature Center

Conference Brochure

The day-long conference schedule is as follows:

8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 Opening Circle
9:15 Invocation and Morning Keynote
10:15 Morning Workshops
12:00 Finding and Making Special Places and Lunch
1:00 Luncheon Keynote
2:00 Afternoon Workshops
3:45 Closing Ceremony

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Sponsors

Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center George B. Storer Foundation

 

 


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