Outdoor Spaces and Nature-based Programming in Public Gardens: Building the Evidence Base for Early STEM learning

Join The Morton Arboretum and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago at a summit for nature-based education practitioners, early childhood researchers, and evaluators to examine how outdoor spaces and nature play support young children’s science learning. Participants will share insights from our experience and our understanding of the scientific evidence about children’s learning outdoors. We will collaboratively identify research priorities and success factors for early childhood learning through nature-based education and shape a new collaborative network for outdoor learning research and practice.

This initial event will be held May 2 and 3, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum, located just outside of Chicago, IL. We are looking for insights and innovations about:

  • Children’s gardens and nature play spaces
  • Nature preschools and forest kindergartens
  • Environmental education programming
  • Research on learning in early childhood

Participants will work to create common evaluation tools and resources and to set the direction for a new professional learning network.




Wednesday through Thursday, May 2 and 3, 2018
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Check back here for more information and registration.