Continuing Education and Community Outreach

In Bloom in Boston

Best Practices in Nature-based Urban Early Childhood Education
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center

Please join us as we explore the possibilities of nature-based urban early childhood education. What would happen if the young child went forth some part of every day, forth into the nearby urban natural world, into city parks along the Emerald Necklace, into cemeteries and the Arboretum, along paths and streams, in rain or shine, tromping through mud and snow. Would it make a difference in her learning? YES! Come to In Bloom in Boston to hear what's happening out there!

All early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the nearby natural and built environments are invited. We'll spend time indoors and outdoors, listening and doing, thinking and playing. We'll explore the nature play area and the trails of the nature center. We'll take field trips to nearby schoolyards and the Arboretum. And we'll take full advantage of the accessible green spaces in the nearby neighborhood.

David Sobel, senior faculty at Antioch University New England will present the morning keynote, "Why 21st Century Children Need Nature." Patti Bailie will introduce participants to urban nature pre-schools with her afternoon keynote titled, "Nature-based Early Childhood Education in an Urban Setting."

Participants will be able to attend two additional workshop sessions from a variety of topics.
This event is co-sponsored by Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center and the George B. Storer Foundation.

This page serves as the 'place' to register and pay for this event.

  • Select your conference registration based on fee category. Groups should be registered together as one organization.
  • You must first 'login' to the web system (create a username and password.)
  • Please tell us your dietary preferences in the 'Special Needs' question, as well as any other accomodations of which we should be aware.
  • Credit card payment is preferred, but if not possible, choose the billing option. A purchase order number may be entered, but is not required. An invoice will be sent by email for check payment.
  • Checks should be payable to Antioch University New England and must be received by May 9, 2014.
  • In this process, you will also be asked to choose your workshop sessions. Please read about the workshops in the Workshop Listing link below, or from the Conference Brochure on the Antioch University New England website.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Peg Smeltz at Antioch New England's Continuing Education & Community Outreach office, 603-283-2301,

Dates:May 13, 2014
Meets:9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:Boston Nature Center
Fee:Registration Fee: $75.00
Group Rate: $50.00
Staff Fee: $50.00
AUNE Student Fee: $50.00
Workshops:Workshop Listing

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