Early Childhood Nature Conference

I Am An Explorer

Supporting Social/Emotional Development through Nature Experiences

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 am–3:30 pm
River Falls, Wisconsin

Who Should Attend

Early childhood educators who are working with children from toddler age to age eight and college students enrolled in early childhood education programs.


"Nurture through Nature: Key conceptions in children's social-emotional development"
Dr. Carol Siegel

Dr. Carol Siegel is a licensed clinical psychologist who helps parents and educators guide children in coping with developmental challenges.Dr. Siegel will focus on important characteristics of social/emotional development in young children. With this knowledge, we will identify and participate in some exciting nature activities that will help us support affective development in young children. These hands-on experiences for ages 2–8 will be facilitated by faculty from UWRF and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. 


During the morning session participants will choose to participate in two of the following workshops:

  • Awareness of Risks: Inside, Outside and Beyond
  • Infants and Toddler: Toddling through Nature
  • Natural Creativity and Inquiry

Our afternoon session on "Growing up Wild" will be facilitated by naturalists from the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Minnesota Project Wild. Books on Nature and Social/Emotional Development provided by Book Look in Stevens Point, Wisc. will be available for purchase. Dress comfortably for our active journey.

Registration Details

Your registration fee of $60 will provide the following:

  • Admission to the keynote and afternoon sessions
  • Morning refreshments and lunch
  • Free parking on campus

A limited number of full-time students will be admitted at a discounted rate of $30. You may also purchase curriculum materials for "Growing Up Wild" online for $25.

Visit our registration web site through the following link. Payment may be made with a credit card.


A paper registration form&fileType& is available for those who want to pay by check. Please note that all registrations must be received by September 20, 2014.

For More Information

Contact Linda Onan by emailmail or by calling 715-425-3557.

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Conference Sponsor


Hold the Date: October 18, 2014 

"Extend the Knowledge" an Early Childhood Education Conference
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
New Richmond, WI

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