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Early Childhood Nature Summit

Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 9:00 AM-Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 4:00 PM


Community Summit for the Greater St. Louis Region

OPEN to early childhood educators, preschool center directors and staff, district leaders, parents, community partners, and anyone wanting to think big, inspire change, and learn more about the role of nature in early childhood.

To what extent can everyday access to nature transform the lives of St. Louis’ youngest citizens? During this 3-day summit, educators, community members, district leaders and parents, have the opportunity to network and share ideas related to the critically important topic of nature in the lives of young children, families and communities. The summit features keynote speakers, case study presentations, a field trip to Shaw Nature Reserve, inspiring stories and voices from across the U.S. and world and facilitated planning and discussion time. Throughout the summit, participants will create a customized 4-season plan, packed with tested activities, curriculum connections, book lists and other resources relevant to their own school/community needs.

The 2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit is convened by the Missouri Botanical Garden in collaboration with local school districts, universities, and community organizations.

TEAM REGISTRATION: Teams of 2 – 5 (from school/district/community) are encouraged. A registration fee of $150 covers a team of up to 5 for the entire summit and includes a light breakfast and lunch each day. To register a team on-line, CLICK HERE.

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION: Interested individuals may register for the entire summit for $60 by calling Jennifer Hartley @ 314-577-0819. Fee includes a light breakfast and lunch each day.

Registration Deadline is Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Graduate credit or continuing education credit is available through the following universities:
Harris-Stowe State University
Lindenwood University
Maryville University
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Webster University

Early Childhood Nature Summit is a partnership presentation of:shaw_nature_reserve_logo copy

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Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
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Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States