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2017 Early Learning Institute Details

This page is the home of all things ELI 2017! It will be updated regularly to reflect the most up-to-date information about our summer conference. Please let us know if we forgot something or if you need more information!

Institute Element Details Contact Information Additional Links
Conference Content This year we will continue to discuss and explore many aspects of nature-based learning with an additional focus on supporting children’s inquiry and in-depth project work. We have continued to reflect on the 2016 ELI and the work of Lilian Katz, which has greatly influenced our practice this year. Mini Program for 2017
2016 Conference Program (for reference)
Current Coupons We’re celebrating the Week of the Young Child! Use code WOYC to save $25 off registration!
*Coupon valid April 25th-May 1st Register Here!
Dates Friday, June 2nd-Saturday June 3rd, 2017
Early Learning Center
(ELI organizers)
Feel free to contact us with any questions! Email:
Keynote Address Claire Warden, leader in the field of nature pedagogy will give her keynote address on Friday, June 2nd at the L&N STEM Academy. Claire’s Blog

Keynote Announcement


Location L&N STEM Academy 401 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902 Google Maps Link

*Please note that GPS systems have a hard time navigating directly to the parking area. Please click here for more detailed parking information.

Lodging Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

Use code ELC to reserve rooms at $105 per night. Please call the hotel if the website rate doesn’t match the $105 rate




525 Henley Street

Knoxville, Tennessee


Additional Hotel Information
Parking Ample free parking is available in and around the STEM Academy site. GPS systems do not direct you to the parking lots directly, so please be sure to check out the parking information to the right. Parking Information
Program Our full program won’t be available until mid-May, but have a look at what we’re planning for the third annual Early Learning Institute here! Program Files
Registration Regular Rate: $190
Rates include two days of conference programming, lunches, snacks, coffee breaks, and goodies! Check the ‘Current Coupons’ section for savings!
*Please note that registration is for 2 days* Register Here!
Social Media We hope the use of social media outlets will help conference attendees stay connected throughout the year. We also use these outlets for programming and giveaways, so be sure to get connected before the ELI! Facebook