Outdoor Teacher Retreat

Fri.-Sat., March 6-7, 2020 

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Columbia, SC


About this Nature-Based Training    

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a lovely backdrop for this special two-day training event! Join us as we discover best practices and approaches to nature-based education, especially useful for educators new to outdoor learning. Presenters share insights and activities based on their work in nature preschools, forest kindergartens, or other nature-based programs. 

This training is ideal for educators, caregivers, and others working with children three to six years old. Attendees work in all kinds of settings, from nature-based schools and forest kindergartens to public schools, traditional preschools, HeadStart programs, childcare centers, daycare, and more. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks. 

ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 with a highly anticipated keynote at 7 p.m. with Rudy Mancke. Gather round the campfire afterwards for an informal networking session, complete with dessert, a drink on us, and a cash bar to enjoy while you mingle with new friends. On Saturday, join us for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a full day of inspiring workshops until 4 p.m. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, as well as admission to the zoo and gardens on Friday from 2- 5p.m.

Featuring Keynote Rudy Mancke, naturalist, professor, and host of NPR's Nature Notes!

Take advantage of early bird pricing - REGISTER NOW!

Schedule of Workshops

Friday, March 6, 2020
6:30 p.m. Registration at Endoakie Lodge
7-8 p.m.  Keynote offered by Rudy Mancke III
8-9:30 p.m. Campfire networking

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast and registration at Botanical Garden
9 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Morning sessions
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-3:45 p.m. Afternoon sessions
3:45-4 p.m.  Conclusion, including survey and professional development certificates

Complete session descriptions coming soon!

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

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