A Forum on Forest School and Nature-Based Learning
12:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Are you interested in learning more about forest kindergarten and nature-preschools? Would you like to learn, share and network with other nature-based educators? This Children at Play Network event at Bernheim will explore the growing movement toward nature-based learning in a variety of settings, including the European model forest kindergarten, nature-based preschool, home school, public school and daycare. Discover why child-led, play-based learning in nature is critical for children’s social and emotional development, creativity and problem solving – all foundational skills for school readiness and life in the 21st century. This event is ideal for parents, educators and advocates for children. The forum will begin with lunch and an opportunity to meet others interested in participating and supporting this nature movement.
Session highlights include keynote speaker Jean Lomino, Ph.D., the co-founder of the Wauhatchie Forest School in Chattanooga, TN and presentations from Thrive Forest Preschool in Louisville and the Red Oaks Forest School in the Red River Gorge.
Cost is $20/members; $25/non-members. Lunch is included. Scholarships are available.
Register at 502-955-8512
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Forest Kindergarten Forum Pre-Event
“Nature-based Learning: Why Our Children Need it Now” with Dr. Jean Lomino, Ph.D, Co-founder of Wauhatchie Forest School in Chattanooga, TN
7 p.m., Monday, March 18 at the Louisville Nature Center
On the evening before the forum, Dr. Jean Lomino, a former classroom teacher and nature center director and co-founder of the Wauhatchie School, the first forest kindergarten in Tennessee, will discuss the growth of forest kindergartens and nature preschools in the U.S. and the importance of nature-based learning for children’s healthy development. Dr. Lomino also will share her new soon-to-be published research into Character Development in Forest Kindergarten. This event is free and open to the public.