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We offer outdoor teacher retreats, workshops, and seminars to provide responsive nature-based training, state by state, as members like you make requests. Retreats are more intimate than large conferences to encourage dialogue, interaction, and the growth of local networks for support. It's easy to host an event - let us know if you'd like to bring one to your town! 

Our signature certification is available in levels 1 - 3 with live or online options. Hundreds of teachers have become certified, expanding their knowledge and tools to facilitate meaningful nature-based learning, no matter the setting. Courses often fill, so don't delay if you want to join us! 


You can learn more about our payment and refund policies here. Please note that by registering for an ERAFANS event, you give us permission to photograph and/or video you during the training. We use these images to share and promote our events. Speak up if you do not want us to photograph you! We look forward to meeting you at an up-coming event. (Psst! Remember your canteen and your rain gear!)

Up-Coming Outdoor Teacher Retreats & Training Events: 

Natural Wonder Summit, Evergreen Heritage Center, Mt. Savage, MD, Fri., June 31 - Sun., July 2, 2023
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Briya Public Charter School, Washington D.C. on May 20, 2023
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, CT on May 6, 2023

Past Outdoor Teacher Retreats & Training Events: 
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY on Apr. 15, 2023
Professional Development Day, Vanderbilt University, TN on Mar. 13
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Columbia, MD on Dec. 4, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 5, 2022
Professional Development Day, Penn State University, PA on Oct. 27-28, 2023
From the Ground Up: Outdoor Learning PK-5th Grade, Newport, NC on Aug. 15, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Chesterfield, NJ on May 13-14, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Jacksonville Beach, FL on Feb. 26, 2022
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Hopewell, NJ on April 17, 2021
Chesapeake Nature Play & Learning Conference (online) Oct. 22, 2020
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Columbia, SC on March 6-7, 2020
Outdoor Teacher Retreat, Palm Harbor, FL on Feb. 15, 2020
Master Class: Essential Nature Pedagogy, Newport, NC, on Oct. 14, 2019
Tender Sprouts Caregivers Conference, Baltimore, MD on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019 
Brukner Nature Center, Troy, OH on Sat., June 8, 2019
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA on Sat., May 18, 2019
Lime Hollow Forest Preschool, Cortland, NY on Sat., May 11, 2019
WildRock, Crozet, VA, on Sat., April 27, 2019
Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville, GA, Sat., February 23, 2019
Children's Tree House at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, Sat., October 27, 2018
Aurora Waldorf School, West Falls, NY, Sat., October 6, 2018
Nature-Based Teacher Certification, Wild Haven Forest Preschool, Baltimore, MD, July 9-12, 2018
What About a Forest School?, Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, NY, Fri., June 1, 2018
Common Ground Environmental Education Center and NatureYear, New Haven, CT, Sat., May 5, 2018
World House Community Supported Education, Tues., March 13, 2018, Reisterstown, MD
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Sat., February 10, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Painted Oak Nature School, Sat., November 11, 2017, Hopewell, NJ 
Carroll Community College, Sat., September 30, 2017, Westminster, MD  


  • Evergreen Heritage Center, Mt. Savage, MD, June 31-July 2, 2023
  • Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, June 4-6, 2021 (rescheduled from 2020)
  • Miami Nature Playschool, North Miami, FL, March 15-17, 2019
  • Woodson Branch Nature School, Marshall, NC, June 1-3, 2018
  • New Canaan Nature Center & Preschool, New Canaan, CT April 1-2, 2017

Questions about payments or refunds? You can learn more about our policies here.

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