Group discount- 10% off for groups of 3 or more. We will be in touch to confirm whether space is available for your group. Discounts may not be combined.
*limited scholarships available; Maximum participants: 35
East Coast Outdoor Conference for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Mentors
Join us for two fun days of hands-on learning in Nature's playground! Gain tools, songs, games, stories and much more to help bring adults and children alike into a closer relationship with Nature.
Collaboratively taught by Erin Boehme, Kelly Villarruel, and Lia Grippo
Excellent conference! The depth of behavioral psychology and child development practices, underlying the variety of activities, music and games made it a truly rich experience.
- Participant in June 2016 conference in Santa Barbara
Price: see below
Location: Asheville, NC
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Be a part of a MOVEMENT, not just a conference.
The Reaching Nature Connection Conference is part of a larger movement not only in the United States, but world-wide. Check out the following links to learn more about this growing web.
Growth of Nature-Based Schools in North America ~ Excerpt from interview with Lia Grippo in School Library Journal
Whereas the idea of Nature/Forest Schools have been popular in the UK, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe since the 1950's, why do you think we are now seeing a sudden growth of nature-based schools in North America?
Educating for the Health of Child and Earth ~ Blog post of Lia Grippo, Founder / Director, Wild Roots Forest School & Cofounder, Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers
Young children, through their senses, take in impressions of the world without judgment, and the quality of those sense impressions matters. In fact, they affect the remainder of a person's life. In early childhood we develop the foundation for all future relationships...
Forest School from a Parent's Perspective
My daughter doesn't tell me much about what she does at school. She doesn't have to. The way forest school has impacted her is self-evident.
About the Conference
Reaching Nature Connection is an annual, outdoor conference based on forest schools, wilderness awareness and early childhood education.
This conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschool families, camp counselors, grandparents and parents who have an interest in developmentally appropriate nature mentoring for children.
This conference is a fun, rewarding, and community building experience.