NMAEYC 2021 Conference

Nature Nurtures All:

Responding to and Modifying the World Around us

March 5-6, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Sampson

Host of the Emmy-Nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train

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Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, museum executive, and passionate advocate for connecting people with nature. Scott serves as Executive Director at the California Academy of Sciences.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Scott previously served as Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and President and CEO of Science World at Telus World of Science, one of Vancouver, British Columbia's most popular cultural attractions and a nationally recognized leader in science learning. He is best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company. 

He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and he regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on a range of topics. Sampson is author of Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life (University of California Press, 2009) and, mostly recently, How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).

Follow him on Twitter @DrScottSampson    

Scott is represented exclusively by the BrightSight Group


You can watch Dinosaur Train weekdays at 1:00 pm on KNME 5.1 and Monday - Saturday at 10:30 on KNME 5.2!

2021 Virtual/Hybrid Conference


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Join and Learn from Anywhere

The 2021 NMAEYC Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the Land of Enchantment. It offers professional development presentations, unparalleled opportunities to build your professional network, and educational workshops. 


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Pre-conference Workshops

This year the conference is a hybrid model – unique outdoor COVID-safe nature-based learning will be offered for pre-conference on March 5th and full-day virtual presentations on Saturday March 6th.

Descriptions of all workshops are available on our agenda!


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You will not want to miss our 2021 NMAEYC Annual Conference! We are offering an affordable conference, which comes with a full year of access to recorded sessions.


Registration is now open!


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  • $55 members/ $65 non-members for Virtual Saturday Sessions
  • Free access to recordings for ONE YEAR after the conference!

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2021 NMAEYC PreConference – In Collaboration with New Mexico Nature Niños


This year we will be practicing COVID safe, in-person, outdoor nature based, preconference workshops. These will be held on March 5th, 2021 in Albuquerque. For the schedule and a description of the sessions, please check out our agenda!

Sponsored By:

  • SOL Forest School

  • Explora

  • The City of Albuquerque Open Space

  • Twirl Taos

  • Juliet Stavely and Helen McDonald, Early Childhood Educators

  • UNM Department of Art

Space is limited and based on state of New Mexico COVID health orders