Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 4-5:30pm – The Morton Arboretum
Come gather around a campfire with other early childhood educators to discuss how to cultivate divergent thinking, reflection, and curiosity about the natural world.  Enjoy engaging facilitated discussions, crafty takeaways, and warm snacks and beverages!  Register for the Winter NINPA Member Meeting here!

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Previous Meetings
October 2021 – Cantigny Park, Wheaton topic: The Magic of Yet and Growth Mindset 

October 2020 – Virtual Social Hour topic: Conversations in the Field of NbECE

March 2020 – The Morton Arboretum, Lisle topic: Literacy Through the Seasons
November 2019 – Natural Beginnings, Yorkville topic: Connecting and Fundraising Around the Campfire!
September 2019 – North Park Village Nature Center topic: Block Party!

April 2019 – Hobson School topic: NINPA After Dark
December 2018 – Webinar topic: Public Forest Day Programs
September 2018 – The Morton Arboretum in Lisle topic: Unpack Your Backpack! 

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?