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December 13, 2017
Mark Your Calendars for NAAEE 2018 in Spokane, Washington
Research Symposium: October 9–10
Conference: October 10–13
Watch for the Call for Presentations in the new year!
2018 Nature Preschools Conference Call for Proposals
Join an international lineup of presenters and be a part of the World of Wonder: An International Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, taking place on August 1-4, in Chicago! The Natural Start Alliance invites you to submit a proposal for a 60-minute presentation or a 90-minute workshop. We are seeking individual or joint proposals on teaching, administration, and research in the nature-based early learning field. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 26, 2018. Find all of the details at https://www.thewonderconference.com/proposals.htmlRead more >
Nature Preschools and Kindergartens at Record Numbers in the U.S.
A new national survey of nature-based early childhood educators found that the number of nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The study, conducted by four associations serving early childhood professionals, identified more than 250 nature preschools and kindergartens across the country – a 66% increase over the previous year’s tally of 150. The programs serve approximately 10,000 children every year, and eight out of ten programs reported that they started a waiting list in the previous twelve months.Read more >
Drones and Discovery: An interview with an #EnviroEdTechInnovator
Connecting with nature comes in many forms in today's environmental education programs. Flying a drone to explore sensitive areas in Florida's estuaries, using advanced probeware and mobile interactive app's to make visible the invisible water quality characteristics, or designing hydroponics systems to farm endemic cordgrass in schools-- these are just some examples of #enviroedtechinnovation happening at GTM Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra, FL under the leadership of Kenneth Rainer. As someone committed to leveraging technology as a tool to inspire people to appreciate and care for estuaries, I interviewed Kenneth to understand his views on the role of technology and EE and learn more about how he is putting that into practice in the reserve's K-12 programming.Read more >
Connecting to Nature: The Bird Feeder Story
Bird feeding is one way to connect us to the natural world and to learn informally or formally. In my case this story is one of problem solving and uncanny lessons that are humorous. Please read and share your own story of connecting to nature....Read more >
Calling All College and University Programs! Accreditation Workshop
Have you been considering accreditation for your higher education program? Participate in this workshop to get your questions answered!Read more >
NAAEE Building a Higher Education Database and We Need Your Help
We are in the process of creating a higher education database in eePRO. Please help us by answering five quick questions about higher ed and EE.
Help Shape the 2018 Monthly Webinar Series
From biodiversity to citizen science, storytelling to growing social movements, we hope our 2017 webinar series brought you new ideas for increasing the impact of your work. Help us bring in a new year of bright ideas and innovative thinking by contributing your thoughts and suggestions for the 2018 monthly webinar series. Your feedback will help shape the webinar series and ensure that we continue to expand our thinking and provide EE professionals with the latest cutting edge research, strategies, and resources!