Chewonki is co-sponsoring a conference spotlighting innovative educators and creative strategies for teaching young children outdoors. In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education will take place in Kittery, Maine, on March 26. “We’re very excited to support the growing interest in integrating outdoor play and learning into the teaching of young children,” says Willard Morgan, Chewonki president. Morgan continues, “We have many wonderful colleagues involved in this work, including numerous Chewonki alumni who have gone on to impactful careers in education.” Having spent a century teaching outdoors, Chewonki is a natural advocate for the current movement. In Bloom speakers and workshops will focus on the educational and health benefits of encouraging children to learn and play in the natural world. Antioch University New England, a center for cutting-edge theory and practice of place-based education, will host the conference. David Sobel, acclaimed author, teacher, and advocate for place-based education, will be a keynote speaker, explaining “Why 21st-Century Children Need Nature.” The second keynote presentation will be “Following Chipmunks and Feeding the Fire: How Nature-based Curriculum Unfolds,” led by Ellen Doris, a faculty member in Antioch University New England’s Department of Education, and Anne Stires founder, director, and teacher at Juniper Hill School in Alna, Maine. In other workshops, participants will explore diverse facets of outdoor teaching and learning such as “The Yucky and the Dangerous: Risk Management in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education”; “Defining Integrity and Stewardship in Nature Alongside Young Children”; and “Forest Classroom in a Modern World.” To learn about everything else In Bloom will offer and to register for the March 26 conference, visit www.antiochne.edu/in-bloom-2016.