Nature at Play


                                                                             presented by                                                                                                                                                          Germantown Academy

                   in partnership with DVAEYC and the Schuylkill Center for environmental education


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Saturday, April 16, 2016
8am – 12:15pm

Early childhood research reveals the critical connection between time spent in nature and a child’s developing brain. Nature-based experiences facilitate the development of a child’s imagination, promote a respect and appreciation for the natural world, and build physical skills in growing young ones. Join us as we explore this engaging work in “Nature at Play,” a conference for early childhood educators.

Participants will engage in hands-on workshops that provide practical, developmentally appropriate ways to integrate nature into your everyday practice. Workshop sessions are designed for those new to nature as well as experienced practitioners. Children’s Book World will be on hand to share the latest collection of quality fiction and non-fiction books for early readers. We hope you will join the early childhood community for a morning of conversation and practical experiences around the value of nature education for young learners.

Warm Regards,

Amanda Mitchell
Early Childhood Coordinator
Germantown Academy


Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Charles

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The Ecology of Hope: Celebrating Children and Nature

Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl is the Co-Founder, President and CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network ( Currently she coordinates the Network’s international activities and participates as a member of the Science of Nature-Based Learning Collaborative Research Network, a major three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation. CLICK HERE to read more.


Conference Schedule

April 16, 2016


8-9am - Registration, Book Sale & Continental Breakfast
9-9:45am - Keynote Speaker, Cheryl Charles

9:45-10:10am - Book Sale Break

10:15-11:10am - Workshop Session I

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11:20am-12:15pm - Workshop Session II


$20 for DVAEYC members
$25 for non-DVAEYC members

* 3 hours of PQAS credit is available for educators.
* Participants are welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy our outdoor campus after the conference.

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