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Nature Preschool Institute 2019


Samara Early Learning owner, Rachel Larimore, will once again be joining the staff of Chippewa Nature Center's Nature Preschool in facilitating this four-day workshop. The Institute allows preschool educators to see the teachers and students in action (three of the four mornings) while also learning about the philosophy and nature-based teaching practices. You'll walk away with the information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum. Topics will include: 

  • Benefits of Nature Play

  • Real versus perceived outdoor risks

  • Naturalizing outdoor play areas

  • Integrating nature into indoor spaces

  • Seasonal activities to incorporate into the classroom

To register, please visit the Chippewa Nature Center’s website. Download a flyer about the workshop here.

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9:00 AM09:00

Nature-Based & Forest Preschool Business Planning Workshop: Helping your business take flight

Facilitated by Rachel Larimore & David Catlin of Samara Early Learning, LLC

Registration is $135 and includes all presentation handouts, worksheets and business templates, and lunch.

Click here to register for this workshop.

(Please note, registration for the Nature-Based Learning Conference must be completed separately here.) 

This one-day business planning workshop is being offered in conjunction with Natural Start Alliance’s annual Nature-Based Early Learning Conference. Our goal is to help your nature-based or forest preschool dream take flight. This one-day workshop will not only help you get started, but also provide you the road map for accomplishing your vision. We will begin with an overview of the business planning process, then we will guide you on questions to ask and tools to answer those questions—all specific to the unique business needs of nature-based and forest preschools. We will provide specific guidance related to these topics:

·      Key decisions (e.g., mission, goals, administrative model, partnerships)

·      Programming plan (What will the program look and feel like?)

·      Site plan (How do I determine if a site is right for my business?)

·      Building plan (What does the ideal physical space look like and how can I achieve that vision?)

·      Marketing plan (Who is the target market? How do I reach them? How do I identify potential competition?)

·      Operating plan (How do I identify the nuts and bolts of my program such as schedule, registration process, insurance, etc.?)

·      Financial plan (How do I identify and track start-up and operating expenses?)

·      Risk analysis (What might go wrong in my business plan and how might I respond if it does?)

The workshop itself will be a mix of presentations and small-group interaction and problem-solving. All of these activities are designed to ensure you leave the workshop having made substantial progress on your business plan. Yes, you’ll leave with more work to do, but our goal is for you to leave with a clear road map of next steps to quickly and efficiently make your preschool a reality.  

Thank you to our partners in offering this workshop:

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