Summer Institute for Nature- and Place-based Early Childhood Education

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When: June 4 – 6, 2021
Where: In the comfort of your home or office, using Zoom!

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Join us summer 2021 for an inspiring, hands-on, and experiential online professional development event. Prepare to connect, collaborate, and reflect with a passionate and diverse group of early childhood educators during our 3-day institute. We’ll supply you with great resources – from a shipment of books and materials to engaging workshops to virtual field trips. And don’t forget, you’ll also get year long project mentoring to help you make your nature- and place-based learning dreams a reality! 

Participants will discover:


What nature-and place-based early childhood education is and why it’s such a hot topic in ECE today.


Ways to align their current teaching practices with the pedagogy of nature-and place-based learning.


How to plan nature-and place-based experiences for young children that are developmentally and culturally appropriate, inclusive, and linked to early learning standards.


Effective strategies to advocate for nature- and place-based activitie s in their program and community.


Current advocacy efforts for increasing inclusive and equitable access by all children to nature- and place-based learning.


Potential community resources and partnerships for increasing inclusive and equitable access to natural environments or children and families.

“This Institute exceeded my expectations! The presenters, workshop material and community support has built a confidence and inspiration in me that I was craving so very much when I arrived. Thank you!”

“My experience at Summer Institute went far beyond my expectations. I not only learned lots of new activities, it made me look within to pull out my strengths and passions. An inspiring experience!”

Participants receive:

  • Valuable resources and user-friendly materials to support integrating nature and place-based activities in their own program
  • Professional development hours
  • Year-long project development support from a Summer Institute Mentor
  • Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education Certificate for participation in Prescott College’s Summer Institute
  • Permanent access to all session recordings.


The Summer Institute fee includes materials and resources, including a year of mentoring. We believe every educator should have the opportunity to attend this professional development experience, therefore we are offering some scholarships.



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*Enrollment is limited, and the full event price is non-refundable and required to hold your place.

Interested in being a Presenter-Mentor for the Summer Institute?

Presenter-Mentors are a key component of the Summer Institute. If you have attended before, or have even been a Presenter-Mentor before, please click the button for more details, and consider applying!

For questions and more information, please email Tricia Moore, the Educational Outreach Specialist, at Or call (877) 350-2100 ext. 2242, Monday through Friday, between 9am & 3pm.

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