Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center, The Morton Arboretum
The Northern Illinois Nature Preschool Association (NINPA), in partnership with the Morton Arboretum, is holding a symposium to bring together early childhood educators, administrators, students of early childhood, naturalists and parents. Our keynote speaker will be Ken Finch, founder of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, an organization focused on restoring the bonds between children and nature. Ken holds a master’s degree in environmental education and is currently an adjunct faculty for Nature-Based Early Childhood Education at Antioch University New England in New Hampshire. This one day event will allow attendees to build on their current skill set while they learn about new ideas and trends in the field. Professionals from across the Midwest will share ideas to advance nature and early childhood environmental education. The key message of this symposium is Worth the Risk: Exploring the Rewards of Connecting Young Children to Nature.