Conference FAQ


Conference support is available here. See below for frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact us at [email protected].

Who is this conference for?

The Nature-Based Early Learning Conference brings hundreds of professionals together to advance nature-based learning for young children. Attendees include teachers, program administrators, higher education faculty, researchers, education consultants, landscape designers, and others who are committed to or interested in bringing nature, outdoor learning, and environmental education to young children’s education. The program particularly focuses on nature-based preschool education, including nature preschools, outdoor preschools, forest schools, and related programs. Those who are just learning about a nature-based approach to education, or may be interested in starting a nature-based early education program, are welcome. 

How do I register? 

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If you need assistance with registration or need to pay offline, please email [email protected].

What does my registration include?

Your registration for the virtual conference includes access to on-demand and poster sessions and recordings of all sessions that aired live during the event. Sessions—over 100 in all—are available whenever you want to watch or re-watch until July 2021. Registration for the conference is $99. 

Pay-what-you-can pricing was made available for attendees who registered before the live event, which concluded on July 31, 2020. 

Can I share my registration with my colleagues? 

Each attendee must register separately, and registrations cannot be shared. In addition, professional development certificates can only be generated associated with the name on your account. If you are the administrator of a center and would like to register multiple staff members, email [email protected] or call 202-419-0412 for assistance. Programs registering 5 or more participants receive a 25% discount on each registration.

Help us keep the conference secure by not posting or sharing the session links with anyone. All participants should register, log in to the conference website, and view sessions exclusively on session pages.

Can I use on-demand sessions for training purposes? 

You are welcome to use on-demand content for training your own staff or program. Any other use of sessions requires permission from Natural Start/NAAEE. Sessions can not be downloaded, shared, sold, or used in any other way without permission from Natural Start/NAAEE and the presenter.

Can I access the conference content after the live event? 

Yes! The conference is available for a full year, with 24/7 on-demand access to all sessions--over 100 in all. Your regular conference registration will allow this full access throughout the year. If you are unable to participate in the live event, you can register any time after the conference to access all conference sessions until July 2021. 

Are scholarships available? 

This year, everyone who registered before the live event was eligible for a scholarship, no questions asked, with our pay-what-you-can pricing. Scholarships are no longer available, but discounts are available to programs registering five or more participants.

What types of sessions will the virtual conference include?

The virtual conference sessions are peer-reviewed and were selected from proposals submitted for our planned in-person event. Several types of sessions are available during the virtual conference:

  • On-demand sessions: Access 20+ on-demand sessions on a range of topics in nature-based early education. 
  • Live sessions: Live sessions were offerered concurrently each day from July 29 to July 31. Recordings of live sessions are now available to watch on-demand.
  • Featured sessions: Each day, a different featured session looked at the conference theme, Storytelling for Change, from a different angle. View recordings of these sessions on-demand.
  • Poster sessions: Poster sessions feature downloadable content from presenters on specific topics, from research to case studies to curriculum materials. You can access these at any time.

Where can I see the list of sessions?

The full list of sessions, which includes poster sessions, on-demand sessions, and recorded live sessions, is available here. View the schedule for the live event, which has now concluded, here

Can I get a professional development certificate for the sessions that I participate in?

Yes! After you’ve participated in a session, you can download a certificate that indicates the session title and clock-hours for the session. The certificate includes the name associated with your registration account, so be sure to use the name that you want printed on your certificate when you register. 

Can I earn graduate credits for participating in the conference?

Yes, graduate credits for participating in the conference (2 credits) are available through Hamline University, and may be used toward a certificate in nature-based early learning or toward a Master's degree in environmental education. Contact Patty Born Selly at [email protected] to learn more.

Are accessibility accommodations available?

Yes! We will be providing captioning for all of our live sessions and we’re working with presenters to ensure that their materials are as accessible as possible. Transcripts are available for most recorded sessions. You can indicate your accessibility needs on the registration form and we will do our very best to accommodate them. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility.