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Our mission is to inspire children, families, and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them.

Contact us for keynote presentations at info@natureexplore.org

 

Upcoming Events & Presentations

July 27-30, 2014
Leadership Institute at Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE.

September 26, 2014
Wirth, S. Successful Outdoor Classrooms in Urban and Rural Environments. Georgia Association on Young Children Annual Conference.

September 26, 2014
Wirth, S. Arts and Nature: Deepening Children's Visual Spatial Thinking-Child Skill Development. Georgia Association on Young Children Annual Conference.

October 11, 2014
Wirth, S. Play–Learn-Serve–Work...Inspire: Evidence-based Outdoor Classrooms Connecting People with Nature. 2014 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

 

2014 Presentations

Rose, J. & Nelson E. (2014, April). Creating and Sustaining the Outdoor Classroom: Keys to Gaining the Support of Teachers, Directors, Parents, Boards AND Community. CAEYC 2014 Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA.

Wirth, S. & Bohling, V. (2014, June). Supporting Parent Engagement in Children's Learning   Outdoors: Evidence-Based Examples of How Positive Family Experiences in Nature Can Support Greater Program Engagement and Whole-Child Skill Development. National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Wirth, S. (2014, March). Art and Nature: Deepening Children's Visual Spatial Thinking. DVAEYC Annual Conference, Philadelphia,PA.

Wirth, S. (2014, March). Art and Nature: Deepening Children's Visual Spatial Thinking. DVAEYC Annual Conference, Philadelphia,PA.

Wirth, S. (2014, April). Early Childhood Environmental Education-Designing and Implementing Programs that Work. National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Boston, MA.

Wirth, S. (2014, April). Outdoor Classroom Natural Enhancements That Fit Children’s Needs and Your Budget. National Head Start Annual Conference and Expo, Long Beach, CA.


2013 Presentations

Eugenio, T. (2013, March)
Massachusetts Agriculture Conference, Ludlow, MA.

Leadership Institute (2013 July)
Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE.

Rose, J. & Fox, H. (2013, November) Heart-Centered Teaching: Bringing Our Best Selves to Our Work Using Nature's Wisdom to Inspire, National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Rose, J. & Fox, H. (2013, November) This Never Would Have Happened Indoors: Documenting and Supporting Whole-Child Development in Nature.  National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Wike, J. (2013, January). An Approach to Successful Outdoor Classroom Design. ProGreen Conference 2013, Denver, CO.

Wike, J. (2013, February). Learning with Nature, We Dig Dirt, Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Indoor Environments. United Way of Weld County 2013 Conference, Greely, CO.

Wike, J. & Rose, J. (2013 December) Ed Spaces, San Antonio, TX.

Wirth, S. (2013, February). This Never Would Have Happened Indoors: Children Learn Through Authentic Play in Nature-rich Outdoor Classrooms. 2013 Conference on the Value of Play, Clemson, SC.

Wirth, S.(2013, April) Creating and Sustaining Evidence-based Outdoor Classrooms That Enhance Whole-Child Development. National Smart Start Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Wirth, S.(2013, April) Growing With Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Nature-Filled Outdoor Classrooms. National Head Start Conference, Washington DC.

Wirth, S. (2013, October) Keeping it Growing & Evidence-based Outdoor Classrooms. North American Association for Environmental Education, Washington, DC.

Wirth, S. (2013 November) NOCDLS: Fostering children's development by making nature part of their daily lives. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Wirth, S. & Bohling, V. (2013, June) This Never Would Have Happened Indoors: Documenting and Supporting Children's Learning in Nature-rich Outdoor Classrooms. National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (PDI), San Francisco, CA.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K.(2013, March). Successful Outdoor Classrooms in Both Urban & Rural Environments. 64th Annual Southern Early Childhood Association, Mobile, AL.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K.(2013, April). Successful Outdoor Classrooms in Both Urban & Rural Environments. 2013 Conference Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Philadelphia, PA.

Wirth, S. & Fox, H. (2013 November) Creating and Sustaining Your Outdoor Classroom: Connecting Children and Families in Joyful Learning. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Wirth, S. & Reiter, S. (2013, January-February). Building Public, Private and Civic-Sector Partnerships to Create Nature-based Outdoor Classrooms in Diverse Settings. Keep America Beautiful 2013 Annual Conference, Washington DC.

Wirth, S. & Rupiper, M. (2013, March). Growing With Nature. 2013 National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

 

 

2012 Presentations

Fox, H. (2012, February). Using Your Outdoor Classroom. Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Fox, H. (2012, February). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Fox, H. (2012, March). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature keynote address. Let’s Explore The Great Outdoors Fourth Annual Early Education Spring Symposium, Overland Park, KS.

Fox, H. (2012, Dec). Nurturing Strong Families Through the Creation of Nature-Based Outdoor Spaces. 29th Annual Head Start Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes, Grapevine, TX.

Fox, H. (2012, Dec). Uncover Natural Treasures and Discover Child Outcomes. Nebraska Head Start Association Annual Conference,
Grand Island, NE.

Rose, J. (2012, March). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature keynote address. Eastern Washington Family Child Care Association Conference, Spokane Valley, WA.

Rose, J. (2012, May). Nature-inspired indoor environments. 35th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference, Manitoba Child Care Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rose, J. (2012, May). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. 35th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference, Manitoba Child Care Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rose, J. (2012, May). The arts and nature. 35th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference, Manitoba Child Care Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rose, J. (2012, July). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature keynote. Early Childhood Summer Institute: The Garden of Early Childhood, Richardson, TX.

Rose, J. (2012, July). Using your outdoor classroom. Early Childhood Summer Institute: The Garden of Early Childhood, Richardson, TX.

Rose, J. (2012, July). Learning with nature. Early Childhood Summer Institute: The Garden of Early Childhood, Richardson, TX.

Wirth, S. (2012, April). Documenting children’s learning and development in outdoor environments. 39th Annual Head Start Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2012, April). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. 39th Annual Head Start Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2012, April). The life-changing benefits of connecting young children with nature. Indiana Early Childhood Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K. (2012, March). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature keynote. Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K.(2012, March). Outdoor classrooms in urban and rural environments. Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K.(2012, March). Rediscover The Wonder. Head Start, City of Chicago Family and Support Services Safe Environments and Education Training, Chicago,IL.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K.(2012, March). Successful Outdoor Classrooms in Urban Environments. Head Start, City of Chicago Family and Support Services Safe Environments and Education Training, Chicago, IL.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K. (2012, April). Featured presentation:Outdoor classrooms in rural and urban environments. Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Columbus, OH.

Wirth, S. & Carson, C. (2012, October). Building Public, Private and Civic-Sector Partnerships To Create Outdoor Classrooms. North American Association for Environmental Education 41st Annual Conference, Oakland, CA. 

Wirth, S. & Danno, M. (2012, October). Come Discover Nature Explore Classrooms: Not Just Another Outdoor Classroom! North American Association for Environmental Education 41st Annual Conference, Oakland, CA. 

Wirth, S. & Gay, M. (2012, August). Engaging, Educating and Employing Youth. Grassroots Gathering, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.

Wirth, S. & Malkusak, T. (2012, February). Connecting children, families and communities to nature through play. National Conference on Play, Clemson, SC.

Wirth, S. & Simmons, B. (2012, April). Early childhood environmental education-Designing and implementing programs that work. 39th Annual Head Start Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. & Stallard, J. (2012, October). Early Childhood Environmental Education-Designing and Implementing Programs That Work. North American Association for Environmental Education 41st Annual Conference, Oakland, CA.

 

2011 Presentations

French, K. (2011, March). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Kiewra, C. (2011, May). Families and nature: Ideas for strengthening the connection. World Forum on Early Care and Education, Honolulu, HI.

Kiewra, C. (2011, September). Designing research-based, field-tested outdoor learning environments proven effective for young children. Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Education Conference, Nebraska City, NE.

Kiewra, C. (2011, November). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Nebraska Head Start Annual Conference, Grand Island, NE.

Kiewra, C. (2011, December).An evidence-based approach to designing outdoor play/learning environments for children. Nebraska Recreation and Park Association Conference, York, NE.

Kiewra, C., Reeble, T., & Rose, J. (2011, June). Nebraska’s Imagination Conversation: Inspiring Children’s Imagination Naturally, Nebraska
City, NE.

Reeble, T. (2011, May). Creative expression is a natural: Helping children experience and interpret the natural world through music, art, and construction. World Forum on Early Care and Education,
Honolulu, HI.
 

Rose, J. (2011, January). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Preschool and Kindergarten Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. 

Rose, J. (2011, February). Nature Explore:  Find out what’s happening right
here in your own backyard! Celebrating Connections Conference,
Charleston, WV.

Rose, J. (2011, February). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Celebrating Connections Conference, Charleston, WV.

Rose, J. (2011, October). Arts and nature. North American Association for Environmental Education, Raleigh, NC.

Rose, J. & Fox, H. (2011, November). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando, FL. 

Rosenow, J. (2011, September). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Children & Nature Network Grassroots Gathering, San Diego, CA.

Rosenow, N. (2011, April). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Annual National Campus Child Care Coalition Conference, San Diego, CA.  

Rosenow, J. & Rosenow, N. (2011, May). Resources for connecting
children with nature. World Forum on Early Care and Education, Honolulu, HI. 

Wike, J. (2011, May). Designing nature-based outdoor spaces for children: Practical and inspiring ideas for everyone. World Forum on Early Care and Education, Honolulu, HI.

Wike, J. (2011, October). Designing research-based, field-tested outdoor learning environments proven effective for young children. Kansas Health Summit: Built Environment and the Outdoors, Lawrence, KS.

Wike, J. & Wirth, S. (2011, June). A new approach to successful outdoor classroom design: Case study. National Healthy Homes Conference,
Denver, CO.

  

Wirth, S. (2011, January). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Chicago Early Education, Child Care, and School-Age Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wirth, S. (2011, January). Designing research-based, field-tested outdoor learning environments proven effective for young children. National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference,
Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2011, February). Young children learn through authentic play in a natural outdoor classroom. The Conference on the Value of Play, Clemson, SC.

Wirth, S. (2011, March). Designing effective outdoor learning environments for young children. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, San Francisco, CA.

Wirth, S. (2011, April). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. South Dakota Head Start Association Early Childhood Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.

Wirth, S. (2011, April). The arts and nature. South Dakota Head Start Association Early Childhood Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.

Wirth, S. (2011, April). Building family relationships- A successful field-tested model for strengthening school/center-child-family-nature connections. Family Resilience Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wirth, S. (2011, May). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. California Head Start Association 2011 Health Institute, Healthy Environment, Healthy Child, San Francisco, CA.

Wirth, S. (2011, May). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. National Smart Start Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Wirth, S. (2011, June). The life changing benefits of nature in regards to school health and environments. Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation Conference, Tahlequah, OK.

Wirth, S. (2011, June). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature: Creating evidence-based outdoor spaces that enhance the physical, intellectual and emotional development of children. National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Providence, RI.

Wirth, S. (2011, August). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Foundation Summit-Knowledge is Power Program, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2011, August). Creating effective outdoor learning environments for young children. Foundation Summit-Knowledge is Power Program, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2011, October). The impact of Nature Explore throughout the United States. General Federation of Women’s Clubs Mississippi Valley Regional Conference, Nebraska City, NE.

  

Wirth, S. (2011, October). Using the environmental action kit. North American Association for Environmental Education, Raleigh, NC.

  

Wirth, S. (2011, November). An evidence-based approach to designing outdoor play/learning environments for children. National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA.

  

Wirth, S. (2011, November). Community collaboration and partnerships that support design and creation of nature-rich outdoor learning environments to benefit young children: Case study examples. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando, FL.

  

Wirth, S. (2011, November). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. National Association of Interpretation Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

    

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K. (2011, October). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Wisconsin Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Appleton, WI.

Wirth, S. & Rose, J. (2011, October). Using your outdoor classroom. North American Association for Environmental Education, Raleigh, NC.

  

Wirth, S. & Simmons, B. (2011, November). Inspiring tomorrow's environmental stewards. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando, FL.

  

Wirth, S., Simmons, B. & Stenstrup, A. (2011, October). Early childhood environmental education: Designing and implementing programs that work. North American Association for Environmental Education, Raleigh, NC.

 

2010 Presentations

(2010, October). Connecting Children with Nature Action Forum,
Nebraska City, NE.

Kiewra, C. (2010, April). Learning with nature. Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Philadelphia, PA.

Kiewra, C. (2010, April). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Philadelphia, PA.

Kiewra, C. (2010, May). Using your outdoor classroom. Let’s Go Outside Symposium, Wichita, KS.

Kiewra, C. (2010, May). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Let’s Go Outside Symposium, Wichita, KS.

Kiewra, C. (2010, September). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Great Beginnings Infant/Toddler Conference, Summersville, WV.

Kiewra, C. (2010, October). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Region 6 Early Development Conference, Hastings, NE.

Kiewra, C. & Wirth, S. (2010, November). Building family relationships: A field-tested model for strengthening relationships through nature-based activities. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2010 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Miller, D., Murdoch, H., Bohling, V. & Veselack, E. (2010, November). Learning Naturally: How Outdoor Classrooms Nurture Young Children’s Skill Development. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2010 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Rose, J. (2010, April). The importance of the outdoor classroom. Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Colombus, OH.

Rose, J. (2010, July). Learning With Nature-Creating Nurturing Outdoor Environments That Enhance the Physical, Intellectual and Emotional Development of Young Children. Florida's One Goal Statewide Early Childhood Conference, Tampa, FL.

Rose, J. (2010, September). The Arts and Nature: Age Appropriate Environmental Education for Young Children. NAAEE’s 39th Annual Conference, Buffalo-Niagara, NY.

Rose, J. & Kiewra, C. (2010, November). Infants and toddlers in outdoor environments: Creating nurturing learning spaces inspired by nature. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2010 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Rosenow, N. (2010, August). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature. Early Childhood 2010: Innovations for the Next Generation, Washington, D.C.

Rosenow, N. (2010, September). Connecting Children with Nature Keynote Address. Qualistar Salute to Quality Gala, Denver, CO.

Rosenow, N. (2010, September). Learning With Nature Workshop, Sponsored by Qualistar and Lakeshore Learning Materials,
Denver, CO.

VanLaningham, K. (2010, July). Supporting literacy outdoors. Nebraska Kindergarten Conference, Kearney, NE.

Wike, J. & Dunbar, T. (2010, November). Sustainable Design of a Multidisciplinary Outdoor Learning Environment in Inner-City Milwaukee. Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Wike, J. & Rose, J. (2010, March). The Nature Explorium: Linking Libraries,
Early Learning and the Environment. Public Library Association National Conference, Portland, OR.

Wirth, S. (2010, February). Learning with nature: Creating nurturing outdoor environments that enhance the physical, intellectual and emotional development of young children. Region IV Head Start Association 2010 Annual Training Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Wirth, S. (2010, April). Engaging families in the quest to connect young children with nature. New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, Verona, NY.

Wirth, S. (2010, April). Art and nature: Deepening children’s visual spatial thinking. New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, Verona, NY.

Wirth, S. (2010, April). The life-changing benefits of connecting children with nature keynote presentation. New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, Verona, NY.

Wirth, S. (2010, August). Designing effective outdoor learning environments for young children. Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards. Council Bluffs, IA.

Wirth, S. (2010, August). Learning with nature. Christian Early Childhood Association of Greater Kansas City Summer Seminar,
Kansas City, MO.

Wirth, S. (2010, September). Creating Outdoor Classrooms and Gardens That Foster Authentic Place-Based Learning. NAAEE's 39th Annual Conference, Buffalo-Niagara, NY.

Wirth, S. (2010, September). Engaging Families In the Quest To Connect Children With Nature. NAAEE’s 39th Annual Conference, Buffalo-Niagara, NY.

Wirth, S. (2010, December). Building family relationships: A successful field-tested model for strengthening school/center-child-family-nature connections. 27th Annual Head Start Parent Training Conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

Wirth, S. (2010, December). The life changing benefits of connecting children with nature. 27th Annual Head Start Parent Training Conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

Wirth, S. & Carnes, K. (2010, May). Creating effective outdoor learning environments for young children. 37th Annual National Head Start Training Conference, Dallas, TX.

Wirth, S., Rose, J. & Reeble, T. (2010, November). Learning with Nature: Research-based, field-tested activities for both indoors and outdoors. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2010 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

 

2009 Presentations

Cuppens, V. (2009, June). Transformations in outdoor space: Adding the wonders of nature to outdoor settings where children learn and
play. World Forum on Early Care and Education, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Kiewra, C. (2009, July). Engaging families in the quest to connect young children and nature. Nebraska Kindergarten Conference, Kearney, NE.

Kiewra, C. (2009, July). Moving to learn. Nebraska Kindergarten Conference, Kearney, NE.

Kiewra, C. (2009, August). Engaging parents in the quest to connect children and nature. Twelfth Annual Early Head Start and Infant/Toddler Conference, Vancouver, WA.

Kiewra, C. (2009, August). We dig dirt: Additional strategies for supporting infants and toddlers in outdoor classrooms. Twelfth Annual Early Head Start and Infant/Toddler Conference, Vancouver, WA.

Kiewra, C. & Topil, D. (2009, February). Connecting young children with nature. Lincoln Public Schools Federal Programs, Lincoln, NE.

Miller, D. & Tichota, T. (2009, September). Documenting children’s learning outdoors: Recording “nature notes”. Forest Lake Family Center, Forest Lake, MN.

Miller, D. & White, J. (2009, August). Documenting children’s learning outdoors: Recording “nature notes”. La Canada Child Educational Center, La Canada, CA.

Perry, K. (2009, March). We dig dirt! Planning meaningful outdoor experiences for children birth to 3. Tan Tar A Conference, Tan Tar A, MO.

Rose, J. (2009, March).  Learning with nature. Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Idaho State University, Pocotello, ID.

Rose, J. (2009, March).  Nature explore keynote address.  Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Idaho State University, Pocotello, ID.

Rose, J (2009, March).  Using your outdoor classroom. Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Idaho State University, Pocotello, ID.

Rose, J. (2009, June). Connecting children with nature. Downtown Rotary Club, Nebraska City, NE.

Rose, J. (2009, March).  We dig dirt! Planning meaningful outdoor experiences for children birth to 3. Eastern Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Idaho State University, Pocotello, ID.

Rose, J. (2009, October). The arts and nature: Age-appropriate environmental education for young children. North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Rose, J. (2009, October). We dig dirt! Meaningful outdoor experiences for children birth to three.  North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Rose, J. (2009, October). Helping young children learn with nature through age-appropriate environmental education. North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Rosenow, N. (2009, May). Connecting children with nature: A statewide action collaborative for children, Smart Start Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Rosenow, N. (2009, June). The charismatic organization. World Forum on Early Care and Education, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Rosenow, J. & Rosenow, N. (2009, March). Nature explore keynote address. Long Island Nature Connections for Kids Conference, Long Island, NY.

White, J. ( 2009, September). Making nature an integral part of children’s daily lives keynote. Early Childhood Education Conference, Fremont, NE.

Wirth, S. (2009, January). Learning with nature. New York City Interagency Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, New York City, NY

Wirth, S. (2009, February). Nature explore keynote address. Nebraska State Fair Board, Nebraska City, NE.

Wirth, S. (2009, March). Connecting children with nature. Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wirth, S. (2009, May). Connecting children with nature. New York Restoration Project, New York City, NY.

Wirth, S. (2009, June). Connecting children with nature. Summit on Play, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Wirth, S. (2009, September). You can do it! Resources to help you get started on a nature-oriented playground. Texas Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Galveston, TX.

Wirth, S. (2009, September). Go outside? Meaningful outdoor experiences as a remedy for challenging behaviors. Texas Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Galveston, TX.

Wirth, S. (2009, October). Designing developmentally appropriate natural play spaces, trails and outdoor learning environments. North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Wirth, S. (2009, October). Raising children who love to play outside: A field-tested model. North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

 

Wirth, S. (2009, November). Nature explore: Nonprofit partnership connecting young children with nature. Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, Portland, OR.

 

2008 Presentations

Bohling-Phillippi, V. & Kiewra, C. (2008, October). Engaging parents in the quest to connect young children with nature. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Bohling-Phillippi, V., Kiewra, C. & Saarela, C. (2008, July). Family involvement activities for helping children connect with nature. Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children Learning with Nature Pre-conference, Nebraska City, NE.

Esterling, L. & Geary, P. (2008, July). Nature changes teachers: Early childhood teachers share stories of personal and professional change. Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Miller, D. L. & Murdoch, H. (2008, October). Seeds of learning: Young children develop important skills through gardening. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Murdoch, H. & Miller, D.L. (2008, October). Teaching children to love the earth before asking them to save it. Poster session: North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Perry, K. & Topil, D. (2008, July). We dig dirt! Planning meaningful outdoor experiences for children birth to 3. Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Perry, K. & Topil, D. (2008, October). How infant and toddler teachers facilitate learning experiences in nature. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Rose, J. (2008, October). Age-appropriate environmental education: Helping young children learn with nature. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Rose, J. & Wirth, S. (2008, October). Learning with nature: Environmental education ideas for early childhood. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Rosenow, J. & Rosenow, N. (2008, July). Connecting children with nature: The Nature Explore national initiative and opportunities for programs in Nebraska. Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Rosenow, N. (2008, April). Creating a nature rich world for children and families. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Rosenow, N. (2008, October). Making nature an integral part of children's daily lives. Keynote Address conducted at the Northeast Alliance of Environmental Educators, Ponca State Park, NE.

Smith, S. & Wirth, S. (2008, July). Connecting children with nature. Keep America Beautiful Midyear Forum, Stamford, CT.

Wike, J. (2008, July). Creating outdoor spaces that support learning with nature. Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children Learning with Nature Pre-conference, Nebraska City, NE.

Wirth, S. (2008, March). Creating nurturing outdoor spaces for children. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Wirth, S. (2008, April). Connecting children with nature. Association of Children's Museums Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Wirth, S. (2008, April). Connecting children with nature. Head Start Association National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Wirth, S. (2008, June). Connecting children with nature. National Association of Conservation Districts, Nebraska City, NE.

Wirth, S. (2008, July). Creating effective outdoor learning environments that help reconnect children with nature. International Society of Arboriculture, St. Louis, MO.

Wirth, S. (2008, September). Connecting children with nature. Children and Nature Network Annual Conference, Nebraska City, NE.

Wirth, S. (2008, October). Designing field-tested outdoor learning environments proven effective for young children. North American Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

 

2007 Presentations

Miller, D. L. (2007, November). Teachers as co-researchers: Transforming teachers and nature education for young children. Research Symposium: North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

Miller, D. L. & Murdoch, H. (2007, July). Teaching children to love the earth before we ask them to save it. American Horticultural Society Annual Symposium on Children and Youth Gardening. Chaska, MN.

Miller, D. L. & Murdoch, H. (2007, July). The seeds of learning: Young children develop important skills through their gardening activities at a Midwestern early education program. American Horticultural Society Annual Symposium on Children and Youth and Gardening, Chaska, MN.

Rosenow, J. & Rosenow, N. (2007, December). Designing outdoor spaces that connect children with nature. Keep America Beautiful national meeting. Washington, D.C.

Wike, J. (2007, November). Creating outdoor spaces that connect children with nature. Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Wirth, S. (2007, July). Connecting children with nature. The Groundwater Foundation Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Wirth, S. (2007, March). Creating effective outdoor learning environments that help connect children with nature. National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Wirth, S. (2007, October). Connecting children with nature. Western Region Head Start Conference, Omaha, NE.

Wirth, S. (2007, October). Creating nurturing outdoor spaces for children. Head Start Conference, Omaha, NE.

Wirth, S. (2007, November). Connecting children with nature. North American Association for Environmental Education, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

Published and Unpublished Works

Bohling-Philippi, V. (2006). The Power of Nature to Help Children Heal. Child Care Exchange: September/October, 49-52.

Bohling-Philippi, V. (2006). The Power of Nature to Help Children Heal. Child Care Exchange: September/October, 49-52.

Bohling, V., Saarela, C., & Miller, D. (2012). Supporting Parent Engagement in Children’s Learning Outdoors: A Single Case Study. Lincoln, NE: Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Cuppens, V., Rosenow, N. & Wike, J. (2007). Learning With Nature Idea Book: Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children. Lincoln, NE: The National Arbor Day Foundation.

Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. (2012). At Home With Nature: Creating Nature Explore Playscapes for Families. Lincoln, NE: Dimensions Foundation.

Hatch, K. & Rosenow, N. (2003) Position Paper: Seeing. Dimensions Educational Research Foundation working document.

Kiewra, C. & Reeble, T. (2012). Keeping it Growing: Sustaining Your Outdoor Classroom. Lincoln, NE: Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Miller, D.L. (2004). More than play: Children learn important skills through visual-spatial work! Special supplement to Dimensions Early Education Program newsletter February 26, 2004.

Miller, D.L. (2007). A "Rich Diet" for Learning: A Multisensory Approach that Nourishes All Children. Child Care Exchange: September/October, 48-54.

Miller, D.L. (2007). The Seeds of Learning: Young Children Develop Important Skills Through Their Gardening Activities at a Midwestern Early Education Program. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 6:49-66, 2007.

Miller, D.L., Tichota, K. & White, J. (2013). Young Children's Authentic Play in a Nature Explore Classroom Supports Foundational Learning: A Single Case Study. Lincoln, NE: Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Nelson, E. (2006). The Outdoor Classroom: "No Child Left Inside". Child Care Exchange: September/October.

Rose, J. (2012) Helping children develop respect for local cultures and Climates-Personal reflections and ideas. Exchange Magazine 34 (2): 107.

Rosenow, N. (2012). All the Teachers are Friends Here: The Case for Strong Relationships Among Adults Who Work with Young Children. Exchange Magazine January/ February, 42-44.

Rosenow, N. (2012). Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature. Lincoln, NE: Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Rosenow, N. (2004, July/August) Cover story: Meet Cover Director Nancy Rosenow, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Child Care Exchange 158: 32-33.

Rosenow, N. (2005). The Impact of Sensory Integration on Behavior: Discovering Our Best Selves. Child Care Exchange: July/August, 55-58.

Rosenow, N. (2006) Helping Children Learn to Love the Earth Before We Ask Them to Save It: Developmentally Appropriate Environmental Education for Young Children. Dimensions Educational Research Foundation working document.

Rosenow, N. (2007). Learning to Love the Earth…and Each Other. Young Children 63 (1):10-13.

Rosenow, N. (2009). A Great Place to Grow: Designing outdoor spaces that support children’s healthy development. Children and Families: The magazine of the National Head Start Association 23 (2): 24-27.

Rose, J. & Rosenow, N. (2007). Positive Strategies for Children with Sensory Integration Challenges. Child Care Exchange: September/October, 40-44.

Saarela, C. (2007). Creating Indoor Environments that Decrease Sensory Overload. Child Care Exchange: September/October, 45-47.

Thomas, J. (2007). Early Connections with Nature Support Children's Development of Science Understanding. Child Care Exchange: November/December, 57-60.

Thompson, J.E. & Thompson, R. (2007). Natural Connections: Children, Nature, and Social-Emotional Development. Child Care Exchange: November/December, 46-49.

VanGilder, P., Wike, A, & Murphy, S. (2007). Early Foundations: Music and Movement in the Outdoor Classroom. Child Care Exchange: November/December, 53-56.

Wike, J. (2012) Welcoming the Next Generation. Exchange Magazine January/ February, 83.

Wike, J. (2006). Why Outdoor Spaces for Children Matter So Much. Child Care Exchange: September/October.

Wirth, S. (2009). The Benefits of Learning with Nature. Children and Families: The magazine of the National Head Start Association 23 (2): 20-23.

Wirth, S. & Rosenow, N. (2012). Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Nature-Filled Outdoor Classrooms. Young Children 67 (1): 42-48.

 

To view documentation of ongoing work in Dimensions' Research Lab School Classrooms, see our archived newsletters.

 
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