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2 upcoming events in Chicago sponsored by the Alliance for Childhood

Monday, March 17, 2014


Pop-Up Adventure Play Event

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Times: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Crow Island Woods, 1140 Willow Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093
Ages: Families/All Ages
Cost: Free
Details:  On Saturday, March 29th from 11 am – 3 pm, bring your family to Crow Island Woods in Winnetka for this FREE, unique, public celebration of child-directed play!  Join playworkers from Pop-Up Adventure Play as they transform the Woods into an inspiring, rich play environment using large scale, loose parts.  Hosted by The Alliance for Childhood, the Winnetka Park District, and Meatheads Burgers and Fries.

Inspiring Nature Play in Spaces Large and Small: Lessons from Early Childhood Educators

May 7, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chicago Botanic Garden
Fee: $35 (includes lunch, admission to the Garden, and parking)
CPDU credits available

Register here

Join this unique professional development event, featuring keynote speaker, Joan Almon, author of The Value of Risk in Children's Play and The Crisis in Kindergarten: Why Children Need Play in School.

Participants will gain new ideas for nature play for young children at hands-on activity stations, develop a deepened awareness of the research demonstrating that nature play facilitates all domains of children’s development, learn strategies to communicate the importance of nature play, and leave with a network of local professionals working together to promote nature play in formal and informal education settings.

Hands-on activity stations will be facilitated by staff from organizations including Backyard Nature Center, Baker Demonstration School, Chicago Children’s Museum, Cook County Forest Preserves, Greeley Elementary School, Heller Nature Center, The Grove, Imagine Arts Studio, Kohl Children’s Museum, Lake County Forest Preserves, North Park Village Nature Center, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Preschool, Suzy Halpin Photography, Tinkering School Chicago, and Winnetka Community Nursery School.

The event is organized by the Alliance for Early Childhood, Chicago Wilderness, and Chicago Botanic Garden.  Special thanks to Backyard Nature Center, Greeley Elementary School, Kohl Children’s Museum, Lake Forest Open Lands, Northfield Community Nursery School, Wilmette Public Library, Winnetka Park District, and Bluestem Communications for assisting in the planning and facilitation of this event.