PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AUNE Professor Presents at In Bloom Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) David Sobel, author and senior faculty member, will be serving as one of two keynote speakers at In Bloom in Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education. His presentation, “Why Young Children Need Nature,” will highlight the important role that nature and outdoor discovery play in early education.

Hosted by Antioch University Santa Barbara, in partnership with AUNE, the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, and the Wilderness Youth Project, the event will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Open Alternative School in Santa Barbara.

“Time spent in nature, exploring and discovering, will only enhance a child’s education,” said Sobel. “Studies have shown that children who spend a portion of their day outdoors increase their academic achievements. I’m honored for the opportunity to present at the upcoming event in Santa Barbara and look forward to sharing the significance of nature in learning.”

In Bloom in Santa Barbara welcomes all early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators, and administrators with an interest in tying education to the outdoors. Elaine Gibson, former education director of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, will be presenting “Creating the Nature Play Area” at the Natural History Museum. Additionally, the day will feature a variety of nature-centric workshops including: Creating a Willow House, Play is Children’s Work Outside, The Developmental Role of Risk, Cattails Weaving and Cordage-making, Engaging Families a Forest Kindergarten Program, Play and Games in Outdoor Education, Monarchs in the Classroom and on Ellwood Bluff, Language Development, Nature and Movement, and Whittling Sticks and Making Fires with Young Children. September 19 will be a day of discovery, learning, fun, listening, doing, thinking, and playing. Registration is $75. For more information, call 603-283-2301 or email


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Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower thousands of students worldwide with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), founded in 1977 as one of five nationwide locations—including Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New England (Keene, NH); and Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH)—provides both graduate degrees and bachelor’s completion programs at its thriving downtown campus. AUSB’s unique curriculum draws students from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Antioch University is a nonprofit, private, 501(c)3 organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To learn more, visit


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