Nature-Based Teacher Certification


Date and Time:

Monday, June 28, 2021, 8:30am to Friday, July 2, 2021, 4:30pm

Join us in person for an intensive five-day training experience to become a certified nature-based educator! In-person courses offered June 28-July 2, 2021 in Baltimore, MD or July 19-23 in Toledo, OH.

This five-day, 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. We draw from experienced educators with diverse perspectives to help you hone your own approaches to nature-based ECE. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. (See web for complete description.)

Here is the schedule overview:

Monday: 8:30 - 5 p.m.
Full day of workshops; breakfast and lunch provided daily

Tuesday: 8:30 - 5 p.m.
Optional morning yoga at 7:45 a.m.; full day of workshops

Wednesday: 8:30 - 5 p.m.
Optional morning yoga at 7:45 a.m., off-site tours and workshops

Thursday: 12 - 8:30 p.m.
Lunch followed by sessions, evening sessions include dinner and campfire

Friday: 8:30 - 4 p.m.
Optional morning yoga at 7:45 a.m. , closing sessions and conclusion of the course

Saturday: 9-12 p.m. 
Optional Volunteer Day in Baltimore City at BLISS Meadows at Backyard Basecamp

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How to Register:

Registration Options
There are two options to attend the level 1 NBTC course: you can join us in person for a five-day training experience (June 28-July 2, 2021 in Baltimore, MD or July 19-23 in Toledo, OH) or register for a six-week online course. Please note that the online course is designed like an interactive college course and requires real-time participation. This is not a pre-recorded "on demand" class - you get to network with others as you learn.

To register, please visit: Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools - Teacher Certification.