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Early Learning Institute

The Early Learning Institute is an annual event held each summer and began in 2015. The mission of the institute is to create an intimate, supportive, professional context for early childhood educators and natural leaders to collaborate and share nature-based practices and thinking. The aim is to connect, inspire, and encourage a variety of educators as they explore and cultivate pedagogy surrounding nature-based play and opportunities for young children, their families, and early childhood practitioners.

L&N STEM HallwayTeachers work in a hands on art session.A large circle of teachers at a session.Participants smile for the camera at the 2015 ELI keynote address.The lovely hallway at the L&N STEM Academy.A toddler classroom is illuminated with a projector and colorful interesting specimen catches light in an infant classroom.A group of presenters chats about the 2015 ELI content.A participant explores the many affordances of a block of clay.Conference goodies!

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June 1-2, 2018!

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