Date: 1st to 4th August 2018
Venue: Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit: www.thewonderconference.com
Motivate yourself and others by listening to emerging trends and up to date research which can be used to support development of your team and centre.
Network with national and international colleagues from around the globe, including the opportunity to engage with our speakers.
Gain confidence and energy by developing a deeper understanding of Early Childhood, Outdoor Learning and Nature Pedagogy through workshops. Leave with practical tips.
Discover ways to teach using the natural world and learn how to bring nature pedagogy into your setting.
International Association of Nature Pedagogy Conference - Adelaide, Australia 2017
Date: 5th & 6th May 2017
Venue: The Stamford Grand, Glenelg
Details: In partnership with Nature Play SA we are excited to announce we will be holding our Australian International Association of Nature Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide, in May 2017. This Global Conference will be an opportunity for members and those interested in joining the Association to bring together Research, thoughts and experiences through engaging keynotes and experiential workshops on Nature Pedagogy. Join Board Members, Claire Warden, Adam Bienenstock, Doug Fargher and Wendy Lee with National colleagues for two days of Inspiration.
Friday 5th May
8:30am - Registration
9:00am to 9:30am - Conference Opening
9:30am to 10:45am - Keynote 1 - Claire Warden
10:45am to 11:15am - Morning Tea & Trade Fair
11:15am to 12:30pm Keynote 2 - Doug Fargher
12:30am to 1:30pm - Lunch & Trade Fair
1:30pm to 2:30pm - Choose from: Seminar 1 to 4 or Workshop 1 to 6
2:30pm to 2:45pm - Change over
2:45pm to 4:00pm - Choose from: Seminar 5 to 8 or Workshop 1 to 6
4:00pm - Day concludes
4:00pm to 5:00pm - Networking Drinks Reception at Stamford Grand Hotel
Saturday 6th May
9:00am - Registration
9:30am to 9:45am - Welcome & Introduction
9:45am to 11:15am - Keynote 1 - Adam Bienenstock
11:15am to 11:45am - Morning Tea & Trade Fair
11:45am to 1:00pm Keynote 2 - Wendy Lee
1:00pm to 2:00pm - Lunch & Trade Fair
2:00pm to 3:00pm - Choose from: Seminar 1 to 4 or Workshop 1 to 6
3:00pm to 3:15pm - Change over
3:15pm to 4:30pm - Choose from: Seminar 5 to 8 or Workshop 1 to 6
4:30pm - Conference Close
Speaker Biographies for Adelaide 2017
Claire Warden is an educational consultant who has developed her approach to nature pedagogy and experiential learning through a variety of experiences. Her experiences have taken her on a pathway that includes working in a variety of types of centre, advisory work, and lecturing in further education.
As a lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, the development of training strategies and course creation have been applied to the dynamic and creative work currently undertaken by the company she first started, ‘Mindstretchers Ltd’. It has now grown to develop many aspects, including Claire’s own company, ‘Claire Warden Ltd’, through which Claire does her international and consultancy work, and her Community Interest Company, 'Living Classrooms', through which many community focussed projects have been delivered and which is now at the centre of the new International Association of Nature Pedagogy.
Claire Warden is an author of many books and materials relating to early years methodology. These include 'The Potential of a Puddle', which details UK national vision and values for outdoor play; 'Talking and Thinking Floorbooks', which presents the planning methodology that supports consultation and democracy in early education; 'The Right to be Me', which explores the rights of young children to high quality provision and 'Nurture through Nature', which explores working with children under three outside. 'Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools' explores children's connection to nature and naturalistic spaces such as forest schools, forest kindergartens, woodland camps, nature kindergartens. Claire’s latest book, Learning With Nature – Embedding Outdoor Practice, which is published by Sage, has been very well received and is rapidly gaining a place as required reading on many academic education courses.
Claire is also still closely involved with her own nature kindergarten, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, in Perth and Kinross in Scotland. This outdoor nursery works with children from 2-6 yrs old, who spend up to 90% of their time outside. The three spaces of ‘inside’, ‘outside’ and ‘beyond’ are mindfully linked so as to develop skills and confidence in a predominantly natural environment.
Claire is one of a leadership group of consultants who make up the World Nature Collaborative, a working party of the World Forum Foundation. The purpose of the group is to develop a cohesive network and approach to experiential learning in outdoor spaces in a variety of climates. The nature collaborative brings together educators, landscape architects, environmentalists and health workers to support a multidisciplinary approach to outdoor educational provision.
Adam is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature based parks, and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam’s nature-play advocacy work and spectacular natural parks and playgrounds have sent him around the world. Whether it is redesigning campuses for nature play in the wake of ISIS attacks in Jakarta or redeveloping the baby panda exhibit for the Toronto Metro Zoo, you will find Bienenstock at the forefront of the movement to connect children to nature.
Strategic projects and partnerships include Parks Canada, Right to Play, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the US Army, New Zealand Parks and Rec, Nature Play Australia, nature centres, zoos, school boards, childcare facilities and municipalities around the world. Bienenstock sits on various advisory committees including the CSA Playground Safety Standard writing committee, Parliamentary Commission on Urban Conservation, and the Systematic Literature Review on Risky Outdoor Play.
His work is accessible, natural and fun, pushing the comfort zones of executives, municipal managers, procurement officials, teachers and principals. He is known for his wit and humor as a public speaker and invites us to laugh at ourselves as we roll up our sleeves to re-wild our cities and get our kids outside to play!
Wendy Lee is the Director of the Educational Leadership Project (Ltd), a professional learning provider for the early childhood sector in New Zealand. Wendy has been involved in early childhood education (ECE) field over the last 45 years as a teacher, tutor, lecturer, manager, professional development facilitator and researcher.
She has collaborated with Professor Margaret Carr on a number of research projects including:
- Assessment in Early Childhood Settings
- Centre of Innovation - Roskill South Kindergarten
- The Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund Early Years Project – Learning Dispositions in a Social Context
- National Exemplar Development - Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Project
- Early Childhood Centre of Innovation – Greerton Early Childhood Education Centre
- Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Project – “Learning Wisdom”
During this period she was Co Director with Margaret of the National Early Childhood Assessment and Learning Exemplar Project that developed the Kei Tua o te Pae books on assessment for learning for the NZ early childhood sector.
Wendy has a deep interest in curriculum, advocacy and leadership issues in ECE. She is very enthusiatic about the power of documentation to strengthen the learner identity of children and is passionate about the importance of the outdoors for all children.
She has co-authored books on both Te Whāriki and Learning Stories. She has presented at conferences on ECE curriculum, leadership and learning stories throughout the world, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Belgium, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia and Sweden.
Founder of Australia’s “Bush Kinder”, Doug has worked as a director and educator in a variety of Early Childhood services for over 25 years.
On a land in which nature and education have been linked for 60,000 years by Aboriginal Australians, it is not fitting that the advantages of learning in nature have been neglected by conventional education.
What Doug has achieved through his work with “Bush Kinder” has successfully brought nature pedagogy into the consciousness of modern educators.
With the support of his community and like-minded collaborators, he has informed government, educational organisations and land managers.
Doug consults, writes and speaks nationally about the benefits of play based learning in the bush. He is also a respected hands-on educator. He advocates for the right of every child to learn through play, outdoors in nature.
Membership is available as either an Individual or Student member.
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