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Summer Institute for Nature & Place-based Early Childhood Education

June 10th, 2019 - June 14th, 2019

Summer Institute 2019

Join us this summer for 5 days of inspiring and hands-on professional development in beautiful Prescott, Arizona on the Prescott College campus*. Collaborate with a passionate and diverse group of ECE educators (birth-age 8) from all over the country, at the annual early childhood educator Nature & Place-Based Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute fee includes materials and resources, four nights of lodging on campus, and two to three meals a day. Enrollment is limited and a non-refundable fee of $100 is required to hold your place. As a part of the enrollment process, each participant will be asked to identify a nature- and place-based project they can develop during and after the Summer Institute with the assistance of a mentor.

This year’s Summer Institute participants will discover:

  • What nature- and place-based early childhood education is and why
    it’s such a hot topic in ECE today.
  • Ways to align their current teaching practices with the pedagogy
    of nature- and place-based learning.
  • How to plan nature- and place-based experiences for young children
    that are developmentally and culturally appropriate, inclusive, and linked to
    early learning standards.
  • Current advocacy efforts for increasing inclusive and equitable
    access by all children to nature- and place-based learning.
  • Potential community resources and partnerships for increasing
    inclusive and equitable access to natural environments for children and

Participants receive:

  • Year-long project development support from a Summer Institute Mentor
  • Valuable resources and user-friendly materials to support integrating nature and place-based activities in your own program
  • Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education Certificate 
  • Professional development hours

Past Participant Feedback:

“This Institute exceeded my expectations! The presenters, workshop material and

community support has built a confidence and inspiration in me that I was craving so

very much when I arrived. Thank you!”


“My experience at Summer Institute went far beyond my expectations. I not only learned

lots of new activities, it made me look within to pull out my strengths and passions. An

inspiring experience!”


Sliding scale fee:

Price A** Price B Price C
$150 $325 $500

Why three prices for the same experience?

We offer a voluntary, three-tiered pricing program based on your needs:

Price A** – the lowest cost, subsidized by donors

Price B – partially sponsored by contributors

Price C – represents the actual cost of Summer Institute operations


To register online, please visit: www.prescott.edu/sifece. For questions and more information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Ellen Bashor, at npece@prescott.edu or 928-350-2235.

The Summer Institute is offered annually by the Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education with the generous support of the George B. Storer Foundation.

* Several local, off-site childcare options are available. Please contact us for details.

**We believe every educator should have the opportunity to attend professional development experiences such as this one. Please contact us if you need further scholarship assistance.


Center for Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education


Prescott College
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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(877) 350-2100