FREE ONLINE LEARNING

We are thrilled to offer a range of great online topics here to help you gain valuable perspectives on nature-based education. The following content is FREE to you, thanks to ERAFANS members whose annual membership donations make it possible. If you're not a member, consider joining us today!

UPCOMING [FREE] OPPORTUNITIES

Edible Earth with Alicia Garcia, Project Flourish and Delray Beach Children's Garden 
Monday, June 21st from 6:30-8 pm (EST)

FREE RECORDED WEBINARS

Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Loving Kindness with Jess Gruber
Listen to the recording here 

Spring Sing-Along with Megan Fox
Listen to the recording here 

Transforming Your Program by Centering Narratives and Roles of Indigenous, Black and People of Color in Nature with Ashley Brailsford
Listen to the recording here 

Winter Sing-Along with Megan Fox
Listen to the recording here with passcode: xE$x8Hq1

Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference
Listen to the recording here.
Learn more about this free virtual conference.

Spiritual Development and the Environment as the Third Teacher
Presenter: Deb Schein, PhD; Growing Wonder
Listen to the recording here.

Drip Drop Fun: Simple Water Play Activites
Presenter: Katie Rooney, Irvine Nature Center
Listen to the recording here. 

Looking for simple, fun, and engaging play ideas for young children? Join us for this webinar designed to help parents use water to connect, play, and learn together. Many wonderful ideas for teachers and caregivers, too.

Staying Connected: Nature Play & Outdoor Learning
Featured presenters: Ayana Verdi, Verdi EcoSchool and Monica French, Wild Haven Forest Preschool

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Let's re-frame this hiatus from the coronavirus as an opportunity for more healthy nature connection with children! This free webinar will explore the many wonderful possibilities afforded by nature play and learning for parents, teachers, and of course - kids! We will consider how to stay connected as a community by interacting with nature and examine ways to use technology to bring us closer to nature and each other.  Join champions of nature-based education Ayana Verdi, founder of Verdi EcoSchool and homeschool mom in Melbourne, FL; Monica French, co-founder and director of Wild Haven Forest Preschool & Childcare in Baltimore, MD; and Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, founding director of ERAFANS and co-author of Nature Play Workshop for Families (Quarto Press: 2020) to discuss ways we can stay connected through nature play and learning.

Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Loving Kindness
Presenters: Monica French, Wild Haven Forest Preschool and Jessica Gruber, Little Moon Yoga
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This webinar explores several approaches to help teachers foster values of kindness, empathy, gratitude, and compassion with young children. Discover how mindful practices can be seamlessly incorporated into your nature-based program, and why they greatly benefit the children in your care.

Naturally Ready for Kindergarten

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“But will my child be ready for kindergarten?” We hear this question time and again as parents grapple with where to send their children to preschool. This webinar explores how nature preschools prepare children for future learning by supporting growth across developmental domains. Expert presenters discuss universal best practices in early childhood education to examine the question of ‘kindergarten readiness’ from a nature pedagogy perspective. 

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Natural Start Alliance. Presenters include co-hosts Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, founder and executive director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) and Amanda McMickle, director of the Will Smith Zoo School at the San Antonio Zoo.

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