June 18-20, 2021

We look forward to seeing you at the Reaching Nature Connection conference! This year’s theme is Singing Snails and Rainbow Tails.

Reaching Nature Connection is an annual outdoor conference for educators, parents, administrators, camp staff, and therapists. The program is based on forest schools, wilderness awareness, and early childhood education, and is a program of the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers with CEUs available.

Watch your email for a notice that additional course information is available. If you have questions before then, please contact our registrar at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

Conference faculty

Lia Grippo

Lia Grippo

Reaching Nature Connection Conference Faculty

Lia spent many of her earliest years in Riga, Latvia, foraging and fishing the nearby woodlands with her family. Lia has taught in a variety of settings, including small and large preschools, a Waldorf kindergarten, a parent cooperative, and wilderness programs.

Kelly Villarruel

Kelly Villarruel

Reaching Nature Connection Conference Faculty

Kelly has over two decades of experience in the field of early childhood education, working in preschool and home day care settings as well as wilderness and nature immersion programs. She uses her awareness, knowledge, and experience to guide scores of young ones into a deep and lasting relationship with the natural world, all while mentoring numerous staff and volunteers each year.

Erin Boehme

Erin Boehme

Reaching Nature Connection Conference Faculty

Erin grew up freely exploring the pastures, creeks, and high deserts of California's Eastern Sierra mountains. Erin is a co-founder of the annual Reaching Nature Connection Conference and a co-founder of The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers. She is an artist and designer that seeks to fuel the creative spirit in herself and others everyday.