Discover Outdoor Play

Four amazing days focused on equipping you (and ultimately your students) to have the very best experience in outdoor play and exploration!

The conference begins 4/25. Register today!

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Conference Speakers

Lauren Barkes
Lauren BarkesThe Back-Porch Classroom: From Start to Finish
Lauren Barkes is the Director and Lead Teacher of the Teach Preschool Children’s Studio located in Noblesville, Indiana. Over the past 6 years, Lauren has been documenting children’s play and exploration in both the indoor and outdoor classroom through the lens of a camera and shares her photos as a contributing writer on the Teach Preschool Blog.
Mariah Bruehl
Mariah BruehlOutdoor Investigations
Mariah is a parent, educator, entrepreneur, and author with over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of education, and a master of science degree in education from Bank Street College. She has worked as both a teacher and lower-school director at The Dalton School in Manhattan and Ross School in East Hampton, New York. In 2015, Mariah opened Playful Learning Studio and has developed curricula for Playful Learning Members’ Lounge, an online resource for early childhood educators.
Dr. Carla Gull
Dr. Carla GullThe Importance of Outdoor Loose Parts
Dr. Carla Gull teaches beginning college classes online with the University of Phoenix, hosts the podcast Loose Parts Nature Play, leads nature programming in her local area, facilitates professional development in early childhood, shares insights on Loose Parts Play on social media, and enjoys finding frogs with her 4 boys at the stream. She researches tree climbing, outdoor classrooms, and the theory of loose parts.
Angela Hanscom
Angela HanscomThe Decline of Outdoor Play -- And Rise in Sensory Issues
Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—a nature-based program that has gained international popularity. She is also the author of Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Awarded a “Hometown Hero” by Glamour magazine for her innovative work with TimberNook, Hanscom has also been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, and was featured on the NPR education blog, Children & Nature Network, Edutopia, and Johnson & Johnson TEDx Talks.
Tom Hobson
Tom HobsonKeeping Children Safe by Letting Them Take Risks
Tom Hobson, also known as ‘Teacher Tom’ is a teacher, blogger, artist, author, and international speaker on empowering young children through language and Play. Tom has been teaching in the Woodland Park Cooperative School for the past 18 years and loves working with the children, families, and community.
Melissa Lennig
Melissa LennigOutdoorsy Art! Creative experiences to do outside
Melissa is an accomplished family lifestyle blogger and published photographer. She holds degrees in Elementary Education (BS), English (BS), and Counselor Education (MA). She shares her passions for crafts, family, and food on her blog, Fireflies and Mud Pies. Her work has been featured in magazines and on hundreds of websites, including Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Today, and Newsday.
Juliet Robertson
Juliet RobertsonMessy Maths, an outdoor and play-based approach
Juliet Robertson is a former school principal who has been an education consultant specialising in learning and play outdoors since 2007. She writes a popular blog I’m a Teacher, Get Me OUTSIDE Here! which is found on her Creative STAR Learning website. You will find Juliet’s website full of tips, advice and support to help you get your children outside.
Deborah J. Stewart, M.E.d
Deborah J. Stewart, M.E.dOutdoor Literacy Adventures
Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education. She currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s shares early learning in action with millions of readers around the world through her blog popular blog Teach Preschool.

Introducing Your Host

Deborah Stewart, M.Ed.
Deborah Stewart, M.Ed.Founder and Owner of Teach Preschool LLC

I’ve been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. As the owner and a teacher in my own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio, I’ve always had a deep passion for teaching and working with young children. I’ve documented and shared my passion with millions of readers around the world through my blog and other social networking communities for over 10 years.

At the heart of that passion is the belief that young children learn best through play and exploration and every thing I do in my classroom reflects that belief. It brings me great joy to share real life, and proven practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

The conference is just around the corner. Register now!

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Key Conference Dates

Early Bird Registration

April 11, 2019


April 21, 2019

Conference Begins

April 25, 2019

Live Webinar

April 28, 2019

This is an online conference!

This conference occurs entirely online and you will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of whatever place you choose!

The sessions will be delivered on the conference page itself and you can watch them, on demand, each day or any day following.

Frequently Asked Questions

To register for the conference click on one of the ‘register now’ buttons on this page. From there you will add the Discover Conference product to your shopping cart by clicking on ‘add to cart’ and then going through the process described at the link below.

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No! You can watch the videos at a time that is most convenient for you. Each day 2 to 3 speaker sessions will become active in the conference. The sessions will be available on-demand and are not live. Deborah and the speakers will be monitoring the comments section of each session and answering questions. Day 4 of the conference is the only live event and a recording of that event will be published and available, on-demand, after it’s over. All content will remain available for viewing 90 days after the final day of the conference.

The content for this event will be available as each session comes online over the course of the 5-day event. The content and certificates you earn by watching the content will be available for 90-days after the event.

On the final day of the conference I just might have a special announcement about how to get longer-term access to this and future conferences! So you’ll want to stick around as this will only be revealed on the last day of the conference!

We provide a certificate of completion for each session that you attend. It’s up to the participant to check with their administrators to see if the certificate can be used for credit hours in your program.

We understand the need for continuing education training and we believe this conference will make difference for you and your students.

Yes, subscribers to the Honey Bee Hive will have access to the conference for free. Further, the conference will remain available indefinitely (until we retire or replace it) to the members as long as they have an active account.

Yes! Every session in the conference will include a certificate which will be downloadable after you watch each individual session and complete a small quiz.

Yes, every session in the conference will have an accompanying handout or set of handouts and will available for you to download and print for the 4 days of the conference and for 90 days after.

Members of the Honey Bee Hive will have ongoing access to the handouts in the resources section of the Hive.

Yes! We offer a full range of workshops inside the Hive. From circle time to classroom setup, daily schedules, lesson plans, and so much more! Our intention is to create an environment that gives you a full spectrum topics crucial to running an early childhood classroom. Our workshops are written as a part of the whole of what we provide each month and are designed to inspire you to creative solutions in your classroom.

What an amazing 4 days ahead, register today!

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