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ThursDaY, October 22, 2020
9:30 AM - 4 pm 
Conference is online!

About the Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference    

Discover a range of outdoor learning environments and approaches to natural play space design during this one-of-a-kind virtual event! Enjoy a day full of engaging workshops that highlight ways to take learning outdoors. If you are searching for ideas for your program's nature play space, or you'd like more information about the benefits of nature play, this conference offers a variety of examples from the Chesapeake region.

A professional development certificate will be provided at the conclusion of the event (pending CEU approval from MSDE). This is event is co-sponsored by the wonderful partners of the Maryland Nature Play Space Working Group:


Schedule of Virtual Workshops 

 Time  Session or Activity
 9:30 a.m. 

 Opening Remarks

 9:45-10:15 a.m.  Keynote: John Henderson, Parks Rx

 10:15-10:30 a.m.   Outdoor activity and bio break

10:30-11:15 a.m.   Speaker Panel A: Case Studies of Natural Play Spaces
 Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO), National Wildlife Federation
First Baptist Church of Clarendon Child Development Center, Alexandria, VA

 11:15-12 p.m.  Speaker Panel B: Dispelling Green Myths and Fears 
 Naomi Alana Sachs, University of Maryland
 Sarah Carlson, Founder and Director of Brooklyn Nature Days, NY

 12-1 p.m  Lunch with virtual networking option

 1-1:45 p.m.   Breakout sessions: Nature Play Space Design Tips & Tricks 
 Breakout 1: 
Crowd-Sourced sample nature play space design  

 Facilitated by: Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO),
 National Wildlife Federation

 Breakout 2: Design in Action: Folger McKinsey Elementary School Project
 Facilitated by:  University of Maryland Landscape Architecture Students
 with guidance from professor Byoung-Suk Kweon, University of Maryland

 Breakout 3:  Ask a Nature Play Expert
 Facilitated by: Nancy Strinste, Earlyspace, LLC

 1:45-2 p.m.

Outdoor activity and bio break

 2-2:45 p.m.   
 Speaker Panel D: Maintaining Your Natural Play Space

 Brenda Iraola, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 
 Ali Culhane, Get to Green
 Hilary Roberts-King, DBCCC (Downtown Baltimore Childcare Center)

 2:45-3:45 p.m. Networking Happy Hour with facilitated topic discussion
 3:45-4 p.m.  Closing remarks and evaluation

We look forward to an inspiring day about nature play!

Learn more about our payment and refund policies here. Thank you for joining us.

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