2018-2019 School Year

September 20, 1-3pm – The Morton Arboretum in Lisle topic: Unpack Your Backpack! Bring along your nature backpack to the first NINPA meeting of the year.  Create nature tools for your backpack that are handy when in a pinch, great for on the go, and make exploring all the more fun!!

2nd Week of December – Evening Webinar topic: Public Forest Day Programs Expert panelists will dive into the strategies, challenges, and opportunities of integrating nature education into public-school programs. Co-hosted with the Natural Start Alliance and Forest School Canada, watch this panel live or tune-in at your own convenience!  More info coming soon!

February 21, 2019, 1-3pm – Mary Crane Center: Molade Site topic: Urban Nature-based Education Are you located in an urban area? Are you looking to incorporate more nature into your setting? Staff from the Mary Crane Center and the Chicago Zoological Society will share their experiences of incorporating nature into urban environments

April 18th, 6-7:30pm – Hobson School topic: NINPA After Dark Spend an evening learning about local plants, nocturnal animals and the benefits of having children outdoors after dusk.

Previous Meetings

April 2018 – Prairie School of DuPage in Wheaton topic: Place-based Education
February 2018 – Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe topic: Assessment Tools in Nature Education
November 2017 – Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook topic: Growth Mindset
September 2017 – Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield topic:Universal Design for Learning

April 2017 – Rosewood Beach in Highland Park topic: Challenges in Early Childhood Nature Education
February 2017 – Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora topic: Risk/Benefit Analysis
November 2016 – Lyman Woods in Downers Grove topic: Art and Journaling in Nature
October 2016 – Maggie Daley Park in Chicago topic: Valuing Diversity in our Programs

April 2016 – Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet topic: Nature Noises and Music
February 2016 – Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe topic: DCFS Licensing
November 2015 – Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie topic: Natureness Scale and Defining Nature-Based Education
September 2015 – Conservation Foundation/McDonald Farm in Naperville (with a tour of Knoch Knolls Nature Center) topic: Process Art

April 2015 – The Morton Arboretum in Lisle topic: Spring Activities Roundtable and Discussion of Nature Wonders: A Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators
November 2014 – North Park Village Nature Center in Chicago topic: Winter Activities Roundtable

May 2014 – Kendall County Forest Preserve in Yorkville topic: Welcome to NINPA! What are you hoping to gain from NINPA?