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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.


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