Reaching Nature Connection Conference Registration - Bishop, CA - October 5-6, 2019
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The theme for this Reaching Nature Connection conference is "Fire, Knives, Sticks, and Bones"

Join us in exploring the developmental gifts and lessons provided by risky play, tools, and found playthings that require special attention from adults and children alike.

We will dive deeply into the following topics through games, stories, songs, lecture, discussion, interaction, and reflection:

- Why risk is essential to the child's development of self-confidence, self-regulation, and competency
- How play in Nature inherently affords opportunities to take healthy risks
- Developing more calm and skill at handling children’s risky play
- Helping young children develop good judgment
- Nature-connected risk assessment

CONFERENCE DATES: October 5 - 6, 2019


Early Birds - First 10 to Register - $250

Regular Individual Rate - $275

Groups of 3 - 6 members may take a 10% discount ($247.50 each).
Must have Group Leader handling registration and payment.
(Groups greater than 6, please contact us regarding space.)

ECE students: $150 for early childhood education students currently enrolled in an ECE course

Discounts may not be combined.

Payment methods (Pay online on same day as registering to secure space)

1) Online with a credit or debit card at our Payments page (

2) Paypal account to:

**Groups only: May use either payment method above (OR may send a check by mail within 3 business days, please confirm with us at if your Group Leader plans to send a check)


RNC offers an opportunity to set your watch aside and allow the leaders of the conference to hold time for you. The rhythm of each day is designed to move between active and contemplative learning, with a thematic thread running throughout. We will flow between lecture and hands-on components, weaving together our learning through a variety of approaches, with each new component building on the next.

Saturday - Day 1
8:15am - 8:45am Conference Check In, Please Arrive by 8:45am. Join us for light refreshments!
9:00am - 5:00pm Conference Begins Promptly at 9:00am

Sunday - Day 2
9:00am- 4:00pm Conference Begins Promptly at 9:00am


Near Bishop, CA in the Owen's Valley, Eastern Sierra.
The conference is fully outdoors and will be held at Millpond Recreation Area.
Via U.S. 395, 6 miles NW of Bishop. Turn south on Ed Powers Road, turn west on Sawmill Road, to Park entrance.


Please be prepared to be outdoors all day with the following items:
Your own Lunch
Travel mug
Layered clothing for variable weather
Re-useable water bottle
Chair or Blanket for sitting on the ground
Notebook and writing implement

Please bring your own lunch - pack a lunch, or we suggest the awesome local bakery/deli, Great Basin Bakery.


ADJACENT PRIVATE CAMPGROUND: A stone's throw from our location at the public recreation area, is a private campground "Brown's Millpond Campground". Learn more and direct your questions on camping directly to the campground (

HOTELS: The Creekside Inn is especially nice (, yet the town of Bishop has several hotels you can learn about online.

If you have any questions about registering for this conference, please contact Kolmi Majumdar at
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1) Online with a credit or debit card at our Payments page (
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Terms & Cancellation Policy
A refund of registration fees paid, less a $50 cancellation fee, is available until Sept 27, 2019. No refunds are available after Sept 27, 2019.

Participant Release: Participants will be required to sign a liability release upon arrival to the Conference. The statement below gives a preview of the nature of the liability release.

"...The undersigned also releases The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers and its agents, from all claims which may develop or accrue to me, on account of, or reason of, any injury, loss, or damage which may be suffered by me as a result of the exercise of this consent and I hereby assume and accept the full risk and danger of any injury, hurt or damage that may occur as a result of the use of exercise of this consent...."
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