Conference FAQ

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

 

General Inquiries

Who is this conference for?

The Nature-Based Early Learning Conference brings professionals together to explore and promote 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 focuses on nature-based education for preschoolers (ages 3-5), early elementary students (ages 5-8), and infants and toddlers (ages 0-3). Professionals, parents, and caregivers 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. 

Where do I register?

Registration for the in-person event has ended. You can still register for the online conference, which includes access to more than 50 on-demand sessions until July 1, 2023. 

Register here

What does my registration include?

Online: Your registration for the online conference includes access to all online, on-demand sessions until July 2023 as well as several live online sessions, including but not limited to live-streamed plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29. Registration for the online conference is $95. 

Live events for the online conference took place from Wednesday, July 27 - Friday, July 29. On-demand sessions are available until July 2023. 

In-person: Registration for the in-person conference included a welcome reception on Wednesday evening (including food and drinks); plenaries, sessions, breakfast on Thursday and Friday, coffee & tea, and lunch on Thursday and Friday; and access to all online, on-demand conference sessions until July 2023. Registration for the in-person conference was $385. 

The 2022 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Graduate Cincinnati Hotel. In-person events took place between Wednesday, July 27, and Saturday, July 30.

Are group discounts available?

Yes! Programs registering 4 or more participants receive a 15% discount on each registration. If you would like to register multiple attendees from the same program, institution, or business for the online event, call 202-419-0412 for assistance.

Do you offer financial aid for conference attendees or discounted pricing for students?

Unfortunately, we do not have a financial aid program for the conference, as the conference registration fee is already subsidized through grants, sponsorships, and lots of volunteer time. We do our best every year to make the experience as affordable as possible. 

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.

What are the plans for the 2023 Conference?

We have not announced any plans for 2023, but we will keep the community up-to-date with information as we have it. If you'd like to stay informed of Natural Start Alliance news, we encourage you to become a member, which is free and easy to do! Read about the benefits of membership and join at the link below.

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Online event

What does my registration include?

Your registration for the online conference includes access to all online, on-demand sessions until July 2023. Registration for the online conference is $95. Add-on events, such as workshops, are also available for additional fees. 

Is there a pay-what-you-can option for the online conference?

The online conference fee reflects a discounted price for all participants. Therefore, we are unable to offer a flexible payment option this year. 

Where can I see the list of sessions?

View a list of session titles, presenters, and descriptions for the online conference here. As a registered attendee, you can access on-demand sessions in the Session Gallery.

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

Yes! After you’ve viewed 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. 

Are accessibility accommodations available?

On-demand sessions can be viewed with auto-generated captions through YouTube. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility. 


In-person event 

The 2022 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Graduate Cincinnati Hotel. In-person events took place between Wednesday, July 27, and Saturday, July 30.

Where can I see the list of the sessions that were offered in-person?

View a list of session titles, presenters, and descriptions for the in-person conference here

Will I receive a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the conference? 

Yes, a signed certificate for the number of professional development hours offered during the conference as well as separate certificates for any optional workshops or field trips you attended were sent via email. If you have any questions about your certificate, please contact us at [email protected]

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Conference registration and field trip fee refunds are determined by the date of cancellation. Cancellations made on or before June 30, 2022 will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations made on or before July 12, 2022 will receive a 50% refund. Refunds are not available after July 12, 2022.

Please note that we must reach minimum attendance to run each optional add-on event; a refund for the cost of the event will be given if we are forced to cancel. Refunds issued by credit card will be processed immediately, refunds issued by check will be processed after the event. Please e-mail inquiries regarding refunds to [email protected].