Events

Upcoming Events…

Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia  February 13, 2019 A professional development series entitled: Nature Play and Learning in the Schoolyard: Connecting Children to the Natural World  The Nature of Spring

NatureCity Forum at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland on March 26, 2019 is a full day exploration of green infrastructure for climate resiliency, community building, human health and ecological benefit with designers, practitioners, planners and advocates.  Sponsored by several regional organizations including NOAA, NWF, Chesapeake Bay Trust, MRPA, US Fish and Wildlife.  Nancy will be a featured speaker giving a talk  entitled Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

BOOK LAUNCH: Reception, Book Talk and Book Signing.  Buy tickets here. All proceeds will benefit NoVA Outside, a Northern Virginia alliance of environmental educators.  Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 3:30-6pm  at Historic Blenheim, Fairfax City, VA
 Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

In Bloom, a conference sponsored by Antioch University New England, Saturday, April 27, 2019, Kittery, Maine a keynote entitled Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Children and Nature Conference, sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society  on May 18, 2019, book talk on Nature Play at Home details coming soon…

Past Events…

Shema Koleinu – Hear Our Voices Jewish Federation Early Childhood Conference, Rockville, Maryland. December 13, 2018: A talk entitled: The Voices of Nature.

Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia  December 12, 2018.  A professional development series entitled: Nature Play and Learning in the Schoolyard: Connecting Children to the Natural World  The Nature of Winter

Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia  October 8, 2018 A professional development series entitled: Nature Play and Learning in the Schoolyard: Connecting Children to the Natural World  The Nature of Autumn

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH: October 13-14, 2018.  Landscape Analysis and Design for Nature Play and Learning Spaces, a course in the Nature-based Early Childhood Education gradu

Project ACT’s Annual Conference: It’s Easy to Be Green.  Presented by Abilities Network, Project ACT and Community College of Baltimore County. Saturday, October 6, 2018: A talk entitled: Creating Earth-friendly, Child-friendly Nature Play and Learning Spacesate program.

USGBC Charlottesville, VA: January 9, 2018 a lunctime talk entitled:Create Outdoor Magic: Designing Nature Play and Learning Spaces

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH: October 13-14, 2017 Nancy taught: Landscape Analysis and Design of Nature Play and Learning Spaces a course in the Nature-based Early Childhood Education graduate program.

Virginia Naturally from VAEE, Front Royal, VA; October 10, 2017: Nancy presented Creating Nature Play and Learning Spaces

Arlington County Public School’s Staff Training, August 29,2017

NoVA Outside: Create Outdoor Magic: DIY Natural Play and Learning Spaces, a four-part series in March 2017

Delaware Environmental Education Association Conference, The Pilot School, Wilmington, DE: February 11, 2017: Designing Natural Play and Learning Spaces

Charlotte Hall, MD December 7, 2016 Maryland Nature Play Working Group Early Childhood Training

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH: October 15-16, 2016 Nancy taught: Landscape Analysis and Design of Nature Play and Learning Spaces a course in the Nature-based Early Childhood Education graduate program.

American Horticulture Society Children’s Garden Symposium, Columbia, SC July 14-15, 2016. Nancy presented: Boulders, Birches & Books: A Magical Park Connects Families to Nature

Maryland Nature Play Working Group presentation to Maryland EC Licensing on Nature Play, July 12, 2016

Catholic Diocese of Virginia: Creating Natural Play and Learning Spaces October 14, 2016

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, November 13, 2015: Constitution Gardens: The Nature Play Experience

Alexandria PLAY: November 10, 2015 Creating Natural Play and Learning Spaces

Green Schools National Conference: March 5-6, 2015 in Virginia Beach
Nancy presented in “Speedy Sustainability 360: in design, the classroom, the district and at the national level”
EarlySpace will be at booth 116 in the exhibit hall as part of the Seneca Creek Collaborative.

VAECE Annual Conference: March 19, 2015 3:30-5 pm in  Richmond, VA
Nancy will present: Creating Outdoor Magic: Designing Natural Play and Learning Spaces”What is Natural Play for the Mayor and Council, Town of Vienna  February 9, 2015

Constitution Gardens Natural Play Park: Project Overview” for the Maryland City and County Planners’ Roundtable December 11, 2014

Focus on Sustainability “Creating Outdoor Magic: Designing Natural Play and Learning Spaces”  a webinar for Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council, Ecological Landscape Alliance, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, and Ecolandscape California.  December 10, 2014

Creating Outdoor Magic: Helping young Children Build Relationships with Nature” for the Jewish Early Childhood Education Conference Kavanah: Weaving Mindful Relationships December 4, 2014

 The Design of Spaces for Outdoor Art” for Early Childhood Outside: The Arts in Nature
April 26, 2014 at Westlawn Elementary School in Falls Church, VA

VAECE Annual Conference
Nancy presented The Essential Elements of Natural Play and Learning Spaces
on Friday, March 14 at 11 am.

Nature Play Space Workshop by Maryland Working Group on Natural Play
Nancy spoke on The Managment of Natural Playspaces: how to program and care for your natural playspace. 
November 14, 2013Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

Creating Outdoor Magic: The Eight Essential Elements of Natural Play and Learning Spaces at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference
Friday, November 22, 2013, Washington, DC
An experienced landscape designer and former ECE teacher shares inspiring images of earth-friendly, child-friendly outdoor spaces. You’ll learn about an effective process to CREATE THE SPACES YOUR CHILDREN DESERVE while building community at your school. You’ll see natural climbing and digging spaces, mud kitchens and outdoor art studios, a wetlands learning lab, a mosaic stream, cob playhouses, living roofs, and discover lots of beautiful native and edible kid-friendly plants. You’ll learn about how school communities have come together to design and build these wonderful spaces (and find out how they raised the funds!)

Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational     Needs  July 11, 2013, Arlington, VA. The program will feature a discussion of the book, Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs, by Natasha Etherington. Reading of the book is optional. The discussion leaders include Elenor Hodges, Nancy Striniste and Mary Van Dyke of NoVA Outside, and April Rosenthal, the Therapeutic Recreation Programmer of the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation.
VAECE Annual ConferenceNancy, along with colleagues Sandra Redmore and Sissy Walker, gave a talk entitled  Designs, Strategies and Curriculum that Promote Outdoor Learning. VAECE Annual Conference, (February 14-16):  EarlySpace designs were on display in the exhbit hall all weekend!

           Earth-friendly, People-friendly Landscaping, a talk by Nancy Striniste, on Feb 23, at Lynchburg College’s Sydnor Performance Center, (Schewel Hall), in Lynchburg, VA from 7-9 pm. Sponsored by The Central Virginia Master Naturalists and the Central Virginia Environmental Education Alliance, in cooperation with the Naturalist Program of the Lynchburg City Parks and Recreation Department.

           Early Childhood Outside: Lens on Outdoor Learning, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Fairlington Preschool, Alexandria, VA.

We could have spent about the same amount to add just one room onto our house, instead our whole property was transformed. We have a wonderful outdoor living space with beauty everywhere I look. I never want to go inside!

Debra Edmonds, Homeowner

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