Thank you to Mass Audubon for sponsoring EarlyEdCon 2018!
Mass Audubon is the largest provider of environmental education in New England. Our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums serve as the base for our work in education and community outreach. Our education programs take place at our sites as well as in communities across the Commonwealth in partnership with schools, classrooms, and community-based organizations. Almost half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds visit our sanctuaries each year, and we reach 235,000 youth, families, and adults per year, including about 98,000 K-12 students and over 25,000 preschoolers. We operate four licensed preschools that serve 300 families in Boston, Metrowest, and Western Massachusetts. Our goal as a nature-based early childhood education provider is to share the benefits of nature-based learning and play (NBLP) with children and families from all backgrounds. We support early childhood learning and play in nature through a suite of classroom and outdoor programs for early learners focused on exploratory play in nature and early science “habits of mind”; the development of integrated, nature-based STEM preschool curriculum units; professional development for early childhood educators; and parent-specific resources.