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|
|9:45-10:15 a.m.|| Keynote: John Henderson, Parks Rx
|10:15-10:30 a.m.|| Outdoor activity and bio break
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
Breakout sessions: Nature Play Space Design Tips & Tricks
Breakout 1: Crowd-Sourced sample nature play space design
Facilitated by: Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO),
Breakout 2: Design in Action: Folger McKinsey Elementary School Project
Outdoor activity and bio break
Speaker Panel D: Maintaining Your Natural Play Space
Brenda Iraola, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
|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!
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