Professional Development Opportunities

2019 Natural Start Conference--Call for Proposals

Join presenters from around the country and beyond at the 2019 Natural Start Conference, taking place on July 31-August 3, in Manchester, NH! Submit your proposal by February 8, 2019.

We seek individual or joint proposals that will help conference participants:

--Learn to plan, run, and advocate for nature preschools, forest kindergartens, Forest Days, and other nature-based early learning programs
--Learn about strategies, curricula, and documentation in nature-based early learning settings
--Improve fundraising, marketing, and other administration tasks associated with nature-based early childhood programs
--Learn about the latest research on early childhood environmental education and best practices in teacher preparation

Western Washington Native America Education Consortium
Annual Educator Conference
February 22-23, 2019
Location: Emerald Queen Conference Center, Fife WA
Conference Keynote Address: Zaretta Hammond, Auther of, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

Celebrating Salish Conference
March 6-8, 2019
Location: Northern Quest Resort and Casino located in Airway Heights, WA.
Celebrating Salish Conference brings together speakers and learners of all Interior Salish languages in the Inland Northwest:  Kalispel, Spokane, Colville-Okanagan, Coeur d'Alene, Wenatchee-Columbian, and Montana Salish.  Our goals for this conference are to promote new speakers of our native language, collaborate with our neighboring tribal communities, and build ongoing relationships with one another.  The Celebrating Salish Conference is the largest language gathering of native speakers in the entire northwest.  

Last year’s conference brought together 400 registered guest and over 500+ visitors for the Salish Karaoke and Salish Talent shows.

Talk Climate Institute
Organization: Climate Generation
Dates: March 25-26, 2019
Location: Duluth, MN

Now, more than ever, is the time for truth telling and bold action on climate change! So, how do you have meaningful conversations, and do it in a way that makes others want to join you? 

Join us for a two-day engaging workshop where you’ll learn new ways to have conversations about climate change that build respect and understanding. Discover your own personal climate story, and learn how to use it as a tool to inspire solutions. 

You do not need to be an expert on climate change in order to be a leader. Get empowered to make a difference in your community, family, neighborhood, and workplace!

BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change

Date: March 19, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: National Geographic, Washington DC
Join us for BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, a one-day summit to explore global climate change through the lens of human behavior.

2019 MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair

Date: March 28-29, 2019
Location: Washington, D.C

The theme of this year’s event is: Empowering Young Adults for Social Action: Mobilizing for Environmental Change.

 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference
May 16-18, 2019 in Oakland, California

The C&NN Conference will be the largest gathering of children and nature advocates in the world, with over 1000 participants expected to attend.

To make the conference more accessible to some participants, and to help you extend your reach, C&NN is delighted to announce new opportunities.

Climate Generation Teacher Institute

– Join Climate Generation in Washington, DC, August 5-7 for their 14th annual Teacher Institute. This year’s program focuses on integrating climate change into social studies, humanities and ELA. Highlights include new humanities curriculum and a field trip around D.C. featuring their climate action plan. Registration is open and scholarships are available.

American Forest Kindergarten Association 2019 Conference

Location: Maple Valley, WA
The 2nd Annual American Forest Kindergarten Association Conference will be held August 9-11, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School in Maple Valley, WA. The keynote speaker will be Niki Buchan.

NSTA Area Conference

Seattle Dec 12–14, 2019

THEME: Fostering a Culture for Science

Go to our website for more detail on the strands

Sign up at with the links above.


Specific program/theme questions

From John McNamara, WSTA President Elect   
Bob Sotak, WSTA Past President,