Full-Day Conference
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Special 1/2-Day Outdoor Classroom Observation/Workshop for Directors and Site Supervisors
Friday, January 24, 2020
The morning and afternoon sessions have reached capacity.
Please contact office to be placed on our waitlist.


Child Educational Center
Outdoor Classroom Project® Model Site
140 Foothill Blvd.

La Canada, CA 91011

Lynn Farwell
626.296.1770 or 818.273.2547


Past Conference Participants Shared:
"Attending the Conference revived my spirit of being a teacher and working with children. This is where I am going to do my professional development hours every year!”

“Having our staff here together to experience and engage together was transformational. Having the time to talk with the educators who implement outdoor classrooms was so valuable. Your staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Thank you for an amazing day!”

“I was 
so inspired by all of the Learning Provocation Centers. Being able to see through a child’s lens was eye opening." 

Every time we come back from this conference, the staff end up coming in early on Monday morning because they can’t wait to set up new activities they learned!” 

The Outdoor Classroom Project is dedicated to increasing the quantity, quality, and benefit of outdoor experiences for children in early care and education programs through providing education and consulting services on the value and design of engaging outdoor learning environments and programs to teachers, administrators, and parents.

We believe that all children need and benefit from more time outdoors and that full development and integration of outdoor and indoor programs creates the optimal learning and growing environment for young children.

The Child Educational Center Presents
The Outdoor Classroom Project's
Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators
"The Foundation of Natural Outdoor Classrooms:
Gifts of Respect, Time, and Love"

Saturday, January 25, 2020

With additional half-day workshop for Directors and Site Supervisors
Friday, January 24th

The Outdoor Classroom Project® 2020 Annual Conference, "The Foundation of Natural Outdoor Classrooms: Gifts of Respect, Time, and Love” is a dynamic and energizing full-day conference. Whether you are just beginning or are experienced, this one-of-a-kind event offers you a unique opportunity to acquire specialized understanding and skills for cultivating and sustaining outdoor programs and natural environments in your program.  You will be supported in making the paradigm shift from a teacher-directed approach to child-initiated discovery filled with joy. Along with informative and inspiring workshops, we will have over 20 hands-on “learning opportunity” centers for you to explore. An experienced CEC or Outdoor Classroom Project Network educator will be at each center to share with you ways in which we implement the Outdoor Classroom in the CEC model program and at dozens of other Demonstration Site Centers.  For those who want “hands-on” experience, this is your conference.

Learn how using respect, time, and love in implementing the Outdoor Classroom cultivates Whole-Child Education, promoting rich learning in an atmosphere of joy. Whatever your level of experience or education, you will find workshops and activities that inform and inspire you!

You will see how the field-tested and research-based Outdoor Classroom Project approach employs the value of aesthetics, beauty, and natural outdoor and indoor environments to facilitate children’s optimal development and learning.

As hundreds of past conference participants have learned, ECE programs can be filled with the magic of joyful learning. Come experience that magic for yourself!

Conference activities will include:

  • Breakfast and a self-guided tour of the Child Educational Center (CEC), OCP model site.
  • Inspiring, creative, informative, and fun workshops!
  • Lots of time to play and explore the amazing “hands-on” learning opportunity centers.
  • Examples of innovative outdoor environments and activity ideas that manifest authentic engagement of teachers and children.
  • A nutritious lunch and afternoon snacks.
  • Closing, Raffle, Demonstration Site Center Recognition . . . and so much more!

Come reconnect with your sense of play and join the fun!

This morning workshop will be led by Eric Nelson, Outdoor Classroom Project Director, and will provide participants the unique opportunity to observe the CEC program in action. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants; each participant will have the benefit of open observation of the staff and children engaged in the outdoor classroom. Please note: Attendance is limited to one person per center for this Friday event.

Full-Day Conference
Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration, video, store, networking, and a light continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. The conference is from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Half-Day Outdoor Classroom Observation & Workshop for Directors and Site Supervisors 
Friday, January 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The morning session has reached capacity.
1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  The afternoon session has reached capacity.
Please contact us to have your name placed on a waitlist.

The Child Educational Center
Outdoor Classroom Project Model Site
140 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, CA 91011

Lynn Farwell
626.296.1770 or 818.273.2547

General Registration Price: $295 - Good for the period of 11/5/19 to 1/13/20
Late Bird Registration:  $375 - Good for the period of 1/14/20 to 1/24/20

Contact our office to arrange a group discount for multiple staff (6 or more) from a center. 

staff receive a 10% discount.
General Registration Price:  $266 - Good for the period of 11/5/19 to 1/13/20
Late Bird Registration:  $338 - Good for the period of 1/14/20 to 1/24/20

The full-day program includes: opening session, workshops, over 20 hands-on outdoor activity opportunities for children, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, resource package, closing session, resource book & display room, raffle prizes, and Certificate of Completion for 7 hours of professional development credit.

$75 WITH full-day Saturday registration
$160 half-day Friday workshop ONLY

Due to space limitations, enrollment is limited. Registration will be closed when we reach capacity and "Wait List" registration will be taken. 

In order to receive regular updates regarding thec conference, it is important to follow these steps:
1.  When registering please use an email address OTHER THAN your center's main email
2.  Please use an email address that does not block incoming emails and add outdoorclassroomproject@ceconline.org to your accepted email addresses.
3.  Please check the box "Yes, I would like to receive your email newsletter" to receive important information about the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Beginning January 7th, any fee paid is non-refundable.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, OCP conferences, workshops, and other activities constitutes an agreement for the CEC and the OCP, or anyone authorized by the CEC/OCP, to record and use, as CEC/OCP may desire in its sole and absolute discretion, all recording and reproductions or depictions of such exhibitor’s or attendee’s name, likeness, voice, persona, words, actions, and/or biography, which CEC/OCP may make, including without limitation, the right for CEC/OCP, or anyone authorized by CEC/OCP, to use such recordings, reproductions, or depictions in or in connection with any legitimate purposes, including for advertising, publicity, trade, and editorial purposes, at any time in the future in all media now known or hereafter developed, throughout the world.