Applied Psychology Counseling and Therapy Information Session @ Antioch University New England
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Information Sessions are two-hour presentations providing information about the programs. They give you a chance to meet faculty and to have your questions answered in an informal atmosphere.

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Peace Corps Week Celebration @ AUNE Community Room
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate Peace Corps Week and AUNE’s international community. This event is free and open to the public. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Peace Corps Invitees, international students, and all those interested in any aspect of Peace Corps are encouraged to attend. If you are considering Peace Corps or are in the application process, this will be a great opportunity to hear from those who have already completed Peace Corps service. This will also be an excellent opportunity to learn about AUNE’s programs offered in partnership with the Peace Corps, including the Master’s International program, which combines graduate study with Peace Corps service, and the Coverdell Fellows program for returned Peace Corps volunteers.

There will be a themed “Story-Slam”. Please bring a story to share from one of your initial experiences in country, or a story about your return home! If you have not yet served you are encouraged to tell a story of working or volunteering in a cross-cultural situation.

Food will be available in a pot-luck atmosphere. Attendees are invited to bring a dish from their country of service, their country of origin, or a country they have a connection too. Whether or not you have a dish to share, please stop by and join in the celebration!

Green Schools National Conference @ Virginia Beach Convention Center
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – Mar 6 @ 1:15 pm
Green Schools National Conference @ Virginia Beach Convention Center | Virginia Beach | Virginia | United States

The Green Schools National Network has created a “culture of collaboration,” as a result of year-round networking and partnerships, and through an annual national conference. We bring together like-minded people committed to the creation and support of healthy, green and sustainable schools.

As the only national conference bringing together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability throughout K-12 schools and school districts, the annual Green Schools National Conference has grown in terms of attendance and scope. Colleagues who share their passion and offer their own green schools experiences are put together in a true collaborative event with thought leaders and early adopters of green school best practices. Attendees are passionate about transforming schools and the way they operate. The annual conference is designed to allow attendees to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools.

Our recent conference in Sacramento continued our modus operandi in planning these annual events. Our planning process not only attracts ‘green’ advocates from across the country, but we work to include local green school representatives, advocates, and support organizations based in and around the conference venue. In California, we worked closely with HealthCorps and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools in developing programming and showcasing success stories that would inspire and motivate conferees.

Wilderness Ethics–Panel Discussion @ Antioch University New England
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Antioch University New England, the MERE Project, and the Waterman Fund as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book Wilderness Ethics, with co-author Laura Waterman.
This memorable evening’s panel discussion will explore definitions of wilderness, how our actions affect wilderness and others’ experience of it, and what the future holds for the wild places of New Hampshire and beyond.

Featuring Expert Panel:
Laura Waterman (Waterman Fund)
Rebecca Oreskes (USFS retired)
Rick Paradis (UVM)
Liz Willey (AUNE)
Kyle Rodd (AUNE)
Moderator: Peter Palmiotto (AUNE)

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MBA in Sustainability Virtual Visiting Day
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

During our Virtual Visiting Day, faculty members from the Department of Management will describe what distinguishes AUNE’s MBA in Sustainability Program, including how we emphasize experiential learning through field trips, small group projects, and client consulting engagements, as well as how the constructs of ecological stewardship, social justice, economic viability, and systems thinking are embedded in our curriculum. Current students will also attend the visiting day to talk about their experiences in the program.

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In Bloom in Boston: Nature-based Early Childhood Education @ Boston Nature Center
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

You’re invited to our fourth year of In Bloom conferences. We’ll be on our home ground at Antioch University New England on Thursday, May 14. In addition, we’ll convene 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 will have unique nationally (and internationally) recognized keynote speakers and unique workshops by local practitioners. All events will focus on the educational and health benefits of being outside with children.

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. 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 In Bloom conferences and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education.

Cost Details:

Regular rate: $75

Reduced rate of $50 (each) for:

  • Group of 3 or more from same organization
  • Antioch alum
  • Mass Audubon staff

Conference Schedule (PDF of Brochure):

8:15-9:00 Registration Check-In

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Circle

9:15-10:15 Morning Keynote: Ken Finch

Nature Play: Risky Business?

nature-based urban early childhood education - net sweepingStrongly rooted in both research and emotion, the nature play movement is growing rapidly. Yet significant challenges remain, including difficult questions of effectiveness and the vexing fears of risk. Veteran environmental educator Ken Finch will lead us through a light-hearted review of the powerful purposes of nature play. He’ll then explore its risks and related worries, with suggestions of how we can address common concerns about injuries and liability. Ken will also introduce a different type of risk: that some approaches to nature play may be falling short of our hopes.

10:15-12:00  Morning Workshops

(Participants will choose one workshop in this time frame.)

  • Eeeuwe! What’s that Smell?      Ruthie Ireland
    Exploring the Sensory Delights of Mud Season with Young Children

    March is a great season to be a curious outdoor explorer. Spring’s first wildflowers are waking up, sap is flowing in maple trees, and mud is abundant. Using our five-senses tool kit, we will explore some of March’s finest offerings – from skunk cabbage to maple sap to clay. Learn activities and techniques to bring into your classrooms and nature-based settings. Join in a sensory quest into magical mud season!
  • Initiating Inquiry      Kris Scopinich
    When exploring the natural world, science is all around. But where do you start with a group of young learners? Sometimes it’s best to start with children’s curiosity and other times you may begin your explorations with activities and tools that help to focus attention and observation. This workshop focuses on the “openers” or “inquiry starters” in nature that jumpstart science in the early childhood classroom. We’ll explore a variety of materials, activities and topics that you’re likely to find in your own educational setting: insects, soil, trees, birds and the changing weather.
  • Nature in the City Classroom      Keisha Jones
    This presentation will focus on how to bring nature into the city classroom. When children are surrounded by the interesting sounds and sights of an exciting city environment, it can be challenging to draw their attention to the elements of nature. In this workshop we will explore ways to simply bring the outdoors in and share the importance of nature with young children. Indoor and outdoor activities will be included.
  • The Dirt on Dirt      Claire Harris
    Urban landscapes may not have meadows and deep woods, but there’s usually some good old-fashioned dirt around in which children can get muddy. In this workshop we’ll explore the many functions of dirt in learning about the outdoors, the positive aspects of playing in the dirt, and the connections to the natural world and everyday life, even in an urban setting.
  • Story Telling with Nature      Karen First & Polly Pfau
    Sharpen your storytelling abilities using nature as inspiration. We will discuss the importance of oral language development to literacy learning and share documentation from early childhood classrooms. The session will include a brief introduction to key ideas, followed by the sharing of story-telling games, techniques for learning stories, the opportunity to make and take story stones, and the sharing of oral stories that contain environmental messages. Teachers will leave with a circle time story to share with their children the next day!

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-2:00       Afternoon Keynote:                          Jane Hirschi

  • Planting the Seeds of Change
    School gardens and garden-based learning reflect an exciting trend impacting young learners around the country. Frequently run by parent volunteers and dependent on inspired teachers putting in extra hours, garden-based learning has largely by-passed students from high-need, urban public schools. What will it take to make garden-based learning part of every school and available to all children from the time they enter school? Jane will discuss the critical role of teachers in establishing successful integration and share examples from around the country, including CitySprouts.

 2:00-3:45       Afternoon Workshops:

(Participants will choose one workshop in this time frame.)

  • Nature Play with Authentic Nature      Ken Finch
    Keynote speaker Ken Finch will facilitate this workshop about the creation of nature play spaces that emphasize natural habitats and elements, augmented by affordable hand-built features. Be ready to share your own opportunities and barriers around nature play in small group discussions. Also come prepared to venture outside–we’ll search for ‘wild’ nature play opportunities on the Nature Center’s grounds, and practice analyzing their risks and benefits.
  • Rough-and-Tumble Play, the Outdoors, and the Young Child      Katie Roberts & Elizabeth Yon
    Rough-and-tumble play is important to a young child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. However, for many teachers and parents, the nature of that type of play can be hard to embrace. Join teachers from the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten as they explore big-body play in early childhood. They will share with you the benefits and challenges of allowing physical play in their outdoor program and how they address parents’ concerns and fears. Come with your own observations, reflections and questions, as a portion of the workshop will focus on child guidance strategies and how to create a safe space for rough-and-tumble play in your own programs.
  • A Natural Partnership      Roberta Udoh & Bo Hoppin
    On a tour of the school grounds, Bo and Roberta will share the place-based education and social justice context of Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School and the faculty commitment to providing natural world and community experiences for even their youngest students. The ongoing connection between preschoolers and the Boston Nature Center and the impact of this natural partnership both in the classroom and in the psyche of the child will receive special focus.
  • Singing Through the Seasons      Zoe McGrath & Meghan McDermott
    Take a deeper look at seasonal songs and circles and how they connect to nature and curriculum throughout the day and the year. In this workshop, you will learn seasonal circles that can be used in your classroom to bring in movement, rich language, literacy skills, rhythm and a deep connection to nature. You will leave with nature songs, finger plays and games that can be used throughout the day and year to connect with all areas of curriculum, including cooking and baking songs, gardening songs, cleaning songs, working songs, transition songs and songs for play.
  • Gardening, Worm Bins, and the Curriculum      Sharon Higgins
    Gardening with young children is not difficult, and you don’t have to be a gardener yourself to effectively bring children into gardening and gardening into the science, reading and math curriculum. Participants will learn how to start and maintain a simple worm bin, how to use the worm bin and gardens for scientific investigations, and lots of other practical skills for gardening with preschoolers.

3:45-4:00       Closing Circle

Optional Evening Program

  • 5:00-7:00       Invitation to Visit the Gnome Home

    Location: Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA


Joining in Balance: Celebrating Community, Creativity and Collaboration through Dance @ Antioch University New England-Community Room
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Please join us for our annual spring 2015 dance concert hosted by the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program.

Additional performances will be held:

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

and Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:00pm


  • one billion rising antioch 2015 2This year’s performance includes:
    Live musicians
    Contemporary dance
    Musical theatre
    Modern dance
    Interpretive dance
    Community involvement
    A parody performance
    Much more!

This event is sponsored by the AUNE Student Activity Fund.


This is a FREE event, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds support The Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association, a non-profit organization established for the purposes of furthering educational, scientific, literary, and artistic development of dance/movement therapy.

MBA in Sustainability Webinar
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you want to make your organization more effective, efficient, and sustainable? Our MBA in Sustainability will teach you the business and leadership skills needed to manage complex and changing organizational environments.

During this informational webinar, we’ll talk about how competency in sustainability methods, systems thinking, leadership, and collaboration is developed across our integrated curriculum, and how our experience-based business education enables students to implement an integrated approach to sustainability so that the world we share thrives now and into the future.

Webinars give you a chance to learn more about AUNE from the comfort of your own home.

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Applied Psychology Virtual Visiting Day @ Antioch University New England
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual Visiting Days give you the opportunity to virtually consult with faculty and staff from your computer. You will need the following computer prerequisites: high-speed Internet connection, direct Ethernet to your modem, a microphone, headphones/ear-buds and a webcam.

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Experienced Educators Info Session @ Antioch University New England
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Information Sessions are two-hour presentations providing information about the programs. They give you a chance to meet faculty and to have your questions answered in an informal atmosphere.

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