Conference FAQ


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 is now open for the 2023 Conference! 

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What does my registration include?

Registration Includes:

  • Library of on-demand sessions and recordings of live sessions
  • Virtual site tours, featured sessions, and conference workshop
  • Year-long access to all sessions on demand
  • Professional development certificates for every session you attend

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, email [email protected] 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.

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. You can get to know our featured speakers here

Registered participants can view all 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. 

What are the plans for the 2024 Conference?

We are excited to share that we will be gathering in Portland, Oregon, for our 10th Anniversary Conference in 2024. Save the date and stay tuned for more information! 

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