Upcoming Events...

Green Schools National Conference: March 5-6, 2015 in Virginia Beach
Nancy will be presenting in "Speedy Sustainability 360: in design, the classroom, the district and at the national level" from 3:15-4:15 on Friday.
EarlySpace will be at booth 116 in the exhibit hall as part of the Seneca Creek Collaborative.

VAECE Annual Conference: March 19 3:30-5 pm in  Richmond, VA
Nancy will present: "Creating Outdoor Magic: Designing Natural Play and Learning Spaces"

Past Events...

"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, 2013, Brookside 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 Conference: Nancy, 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.