2016 UnConference: Get Dirty!

Ready to make mud pies and explore the outdoors? Saturday, September 24 is our fourth UnConference of the year where we will learn all about nature play. This time, our host is Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy at the new Frick Environmental Center. Registration is open.

The natural environment is an immense learning playground for young children!  PAEYC is proud to partner with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in presenting this UnConference.  Join us for fun and engaging outdoor learning where it is very possible we might get a little dirty!  Using the outdoor amphitheater and classrooms at the newly built Frick Environmental Center (opens September 10, 2016), participants will interact with presenters from various outdoor learning organizations.  Workshop topics include gardening, nature journaling, outdoor classroom creation and more. Plus, enjoy an in-depth tour of the Frick Environmental Center (FEC) and learn about this stunning sustainable, zero-waste piece of architecture.  The day opens with a keynote speaker and closes with a wrap-up discussion and seed bomb making.

The workshops are developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and after school programs.



8:00-8:30am             Registration

8:30-9:30am             Welcome, Keynote

9:30-9:45am             Break

9:45-11:15am           Workshop #1 or FEC Tour

11:15-12:00pm         Lunch

12:00-1:30pm           Workshop #2 or FEC Tour

1:30-1:45pm             Break

1:45-3:15pm             Workshop #3 or FEC Tour

3:25-4:00pm             Roundtable Discussion, Wrap-Up


How to Register

Please register now to reserve your space!  When the workshops are finalized, you will reeive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops.  We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed.  There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration so we recommend you register early.  Registration is open until 5pm on Monday, September 19th. Don't wait---register today

For groups of 6+, there is a 10% discount.  Please email Yu-Ling at conference@paeyc.org if you have a group you're interested in registering for UnConference: Get Dirty! 

What do I receive?

  • 6 hours of PQAS/DHS credits and Act 48
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Networking with colleagues new and old
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
  • Refreshed or refined thinkng about our work with young children



Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Behr at conference@paeyc.org or call 412-421-3889.

For bus information, please visit www.portauthority.org for specific route information. 

A huge THANK YOU to: our co-host, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy;  our sponsors, PNC Grow Up Great and Pitt Ohio; and to our workshop partners, without whom this would not be possible!