Cedarsong® co-founder, Director and Forest Kindergarten Program developer Erin Kenny is available for speaking engagements, workshops and consultations. Her vibrant and inspirational teaching style leaves any audience excited about The Cedarsong Way® Forest Kindergarten early childhood education model which is getting international attention.

Erin Kenny created and maintains the gold standard forest kindergarten in the U.S., through the Cedarsong® Nature School. Over the past two decades, Erin has developed a unique teaching method known as The Cedarsong Way® which is distinguished by its commitment to 100% outdoor time, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching. Erin wrote the book “Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way” and also contributed a chapter to David Sobel’s new book “Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens”. Cedarsong produced an hour long  DVD documenting Erin’s work. Erin Kenny and Cedarsong have been featured in many prominent U.S. magazines and news shows including in PEOPLE magazine and ABC News Nightline.

Erin designed the first U.S. Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training and Certification program in 2010 and over 350 teachers have completed The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training program, from as far away as Australia, S. Korea, Turkey, England, Peru, China and Canada.

Erin frequently speaks at conferences in the U.S. and Canada and was the keynote speaker at the S. Korean International Forest Kindergarten Symposium in Seoul, S. Korea; the National Nature Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne, Australia; and the International Play Iceland Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland recently. Erin has an international perspective, having observed and experienced forest kindergartens in Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, S. Korea and Iceland.

Erin is available to travel to your location for speaking, teaching or consulting work. Complete details can be found on the Erin Kenny website.

Praise for Erin Kenny and Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten

“I appreciate your commitment to bringing the Forest Kindergarten spirit to North America and I’m looking forward to collaborating with you in this work”: David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Education Department, Antioch University New England and author of many books on outdoor education, including the seminal Place-Based Education

“I am so glad you wrote this book. It really is a life-based curriculum. I admire your work!”: Mary Rivkin, PhD., Faculty, UMBC, and author of The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children’s Right to Play Outside

 “The word ‘Freedom’ resonated with me when I visited Cedarsong”: Claire Warden, Global Educational Consultant and author of Nature Kindergartens

“Erin, indeed you have set the Gold Standard!”: Paul Roberts, LEED AP, Co-Founder Global Collaborative On Design for Children and Director of John Muir Adventure Preschool

Erin can speak on a wide range of topics concerning connecting young children with nature through authentic immersion experiences. Workshop presentation topic choices include:

“The Development and History of The American Forest Kindergarten Model”

“Nature Pedagogy: The Cedarsong Way”

Forest Kindergartens: A Vital Early Childhood Education Model

“Building Intimate Relationship with Nature through the Forest Kindergarten model”

How Nature Immersion Benefits Children with Sensory Processing Issues, Autism and/or ADHD

“The Benefits of  Exposure to Risk in Outdoor Play and Identification of Hazards”

The Many Values of Play-based Education

Nature Deficit Disorder and Therapeutic Nature Immersion

“Forest Kindergarten is STEM for Pre-K

Get Outside and Play with Your Child! Tools and Strategies

Erin can custom tailor any of her keynote presentations or workshops to your audiences’ interests.