Erin is a highly regarded, eloquent and impassioned speaker. Below is a partial list of conferences Erin has been invited to as the keynote speaker:
Early Childhood Education Conference, Sheffield, England
PlayIceland! Conference, Reykjavic, Iceland
• The National Nature Pedagogy Conference. Melbourne, Australia
• The International Forest Kindergarten conference. Seoul, South Korea
• Antioch University’s Nature Preschool In Bloom conference. Keene, NH
• Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center. ML
• St. Catherine University’s Advanced Montessori Programs Conference. St. Paul, MN
• Annual Science Symposium. University of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT
• Children Learning with Nature Conference. University of California, Santa Cruz
• Colorado University’s Outdoor Leadership School. Gunnison, Colorado
• Early Childhood Education Summit. Elon University, Burlington, NC
• Center for Parents and Teachers annual conference. Concord, MA
• Alaska Family Childcare Association’s Annual Conference. Anchorage, AK
Erin is able to speak informatively and passionately about a variety of subjects related to her work connecting children with nature through the forest kindergarten early childhood education model:
• Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way
• Building Intimate Relationships with Nature through the Forest Kindergarten Model
• Critical Factors for Ensuring the Success of Your Nature Immersion Program
• Forest Kindergartens and Nature Pedagogy
• Forest Kindergartens: Natural Science for Pre-K
• Assessing Risks and Hazards in the All-Outdoor Model
• The Value of Play
• How Nature Immersion Benefits the children with ADHD, Autism or SPD diagnosis
• Therapeutic Nature Immersion and Nature Deficit Disorder
Keynote talks can be tailored to your audience.
Cost: $1500 for two days which include one 1-2 hour keynote talk plus one 3-4 hour workshop plus airfare, transportation and lodging. Additional time can be added for $100 per hour.
In the Media
" Children need the freedom to explore the world around them on their own -- to look under rocks, capture butterflies, and allow their minds to wander freely. This has historically been the life of a child. It is how children have learned to take control of their own lives, at least in their own world of fantasy. While playing, children actively control their games and they are in control of their lives. They can role play and dream. All these activities promote higher thinking skills and a sense of emotional security. "
" You can’t role-play empathy! Or lecture children to death on how important it is to include other children. Children need to learn these things through practice. LOTS of it! This is best done through daily play experiences with other children – especially outdoors, where children can roam, explore, and play away from the adult world. "
" The researchers told New York magazine that overreliance on direct instruction and repetitive, poorly structured pedagogy were likely culprits; children who’d been subjected to the same insipid tasks year after year after year were understandably losing their enthusiasm for learning. "
" Being in Nature is Therapeutic: A study conducted in 24 forests across Japan found that walking among trees lowered blood pressure, the pulse rate, and levels of the hormone cortisol, which is released in response to stress. According to psychologist Dr Mathew White of Exeter University, research into the link between nature and well-being is increasingly focusing on effects on the body and brain, such as how brain activity corresponds with the nature experience. "
Erin Kenny's The Cedarsong Way
Sharing her own journey of learning about what it actually means to provide immersive preschool experience in an outdoor woodland habitat, Erin takes us deep into the rationale, philosophy, approach and day-by-day management realities of being authentically IN the outdoors.
“Erin THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for writing such a great inspiring book. Our copy arrived today from Amazon and already there’s highlighted quotes and exclamation marks of approval in the margins. It’s an awesome and inspiring book.”