Steven welcomed us to the second day of the conference and introduced Anders Farstad, the first keynote speaker with the title of " What did you learn in nature today? (dear little boy of mine?). Anders challenged us with some of the perceived high risk activities children participate in such as boats, fishing and fires; his statements on the vital importance of recruiting more males into early childhood education were seen as quite a challenge.
After a coffee break, Inger Johanne Jensen, second in charge of Anders' kindergartens, Hval Gard and Vepsebolet, shared with us the day to day life in a Norwegian nature kindergarten. She shared the curriculum as well as the daily routine with us and ended her presentation with a most inspiring video showing children learning in the outdoors.
During lunch Scott received a birthday surprise .....a caterpillar cake and card arranged by his wife all the way from Australia! Congratulations Scott!
Claire joined us again after lunch for the poster sessions (mmmmm...seemed to be a lack of Australian ones :-).) Steven presented a case study on "Boys in an outdoor learning environment" looking at children exploring rain and water. Claire and Anne presented a session exploring transition and also included a few case studies from the Hartlepool and Liverpool projects.
A whisky tour and tasting followed for those that were interested in knowing more about the art of making whisky. Of course a visit to the shop was necessary and then it was time to make our way back to the hotel.