THREE DAYS of Virtual Learning (For FREE)!
Join us May 19-21, 2023 for a virtual PD event all about outdoors and nature play! You don't have to be a nature preschool or forest school educator to join. We are teaching you practical ways to embrace nature and forest school philosophies in your every day practice!
Yes, that is right. I am your go-to fire-under-the-butt-lighter and I am calling in some new, influential faces in the early childhood industry for a bite-size dose of Camp Renegade Outdoor Play Edition!
This is a FREE, virtual 3 day-camp that will get you energized and refreshed to return to your work with the children.
On May 19-21, 2023, you will get access to 12 trainings on outdoor play, neurodivergent play, storytelling to create an anti-bias classroom environment, risky play, observation and more!
At 12am CST on May 19th, 2023, you will get FREE access for 3 days to 12 training videos (led by amazing educators/trainers - more info on these folx below) on the following topics:
- Dirt is Good
- Bringing Process Art Outdoors
- Outdoor Risk Taking
- Starting an Outdoor Program
- Being Outside is for everyone
- Benefits of being outdoors
The trainings will be live for 72 hours so you can take your time watching the trainings!SIGN ME UP
Dirt is good! How embracing messy outdoor play can make your child happier and healthier
Messy outdoor play has gotten a bad rap for making children dirty and sick, when in reality it can help keep them healthy and boost sensory integration. Find out why it’s better to join a mud fight than fight the mud and how to maintain your sanity while truly embracing your grubby child.
Outdoor and Risky Play: from the Perspective of the Public School System
Kathleen will be discussing how children are too sheltered and discouraged from engaging in free, messy play and taking risks in the school system. Her presentation will touch upon how the system perpetuates fear and is based on control versus the safety and well-being of the children.
Getting Started: Shifting Your Mindset & Planning for Nature Based Learning
Shifting to a nature focused approach can be a change in mindset and often involves logistical adjustments. Walk through the process and gain tips on how to approach the idea in small, manageable steps. Dig deep into your reasons for wanting to embrace nature learning and harness that passion!
Creating Process Art in the Great Outdoors!
Let's talk about taking process art outside! The benefits, challenges and everything in between. Creating art outdoors is an amazing way to engage children outside who may not be interested in traditional forms of outdoor recreation. Getting creative outside provides new opportunities for children of all ages to engage in outdoor play in new and exciting ways. We also will chat about ways to make creating art outside more practical and share our favourite hands-on tips and tricks!
Who’s Teaching Who?: Humility in a Successful Learning Environment
Ever had an “a-ha” moment with your child or student(s) that made you question your entire existence? In this workshop, we’ll discuss all the ways in which children teach us valuable lessons on life and how humility will probably get you farther in your early childhood career than your actual degree.
Why children need uninterrupted outdoor play - and how to get it!
From a very young age, many children are scheduled into activities. There are sporting teams, and music lessons, not to mention formal education (and the ever frustrating downward push of academics into the early childhood care and education). They often find themselves bustled about from one thing to the next, with very little time to settle into play. What if children had time to play? What if they had time to explore the natural environment? What if they could build and create and run and roll, without worrying about "what happens next"? Children need uninterrupted outdoor play. They thrive on opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world. And, as educators and parents, we have a responsibility to make that happen.
Supporting Neurodivergent Children in the Outdoors
Learn how to cultivate an inclusive environment in your outdoor learning program to enable children to feel comfortable, confident and secure to fully explore their surroundings. You will learn how to use your observation skills to attune, provide co-regulation strategies, adaptations, sensory processing support and use nature as a facilitator to meet the needs of each child to foster their ability to take risks and be fully emersed in your setting.
Risky Play, Rain, Snow or Shine!
This presentation will go over the benefits of risky play in every kind of weather. Spotlighting ways to get children and teachers outdoors, safely and connecting with nature!
Creating the Outdoor School of Your Dreams
Barefeet Farm School started as a big dream in a field with six kids. Erin shares how her year-round outdoor preschool came to life, why little kids belong outside, the joys and challenges of owning a business as a mother, and how she supports people to get outside with kids.
Connections to Nature
How do you support connections to nature in early years programs? Explore hands-on learning opportunities inspired by nature that can be created within your own program space. Discover how providing positive experiences for children in nature can have an effect on their overall development.