Raleigh, NCGrowing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Participants receive an activity guide with 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities. Participants are eligible for Criteria I credit for the NC OEE Environmental Education Certification, CEU, and/or early childhood credit.
Marion Cross School
Norwich, VTThe film reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week, all year, in any weather. The Best Day Ever" takes you to two Upper Valley schools: Marion Cross (Norwich, VT) and Hartland Elementary (Hartland, VT). In the film, you hear from teachers, administrators, parents and students, and get an intimate view of the hands-on earning happening in the forests beyond our local school playgrounds.
“But will my child be ready for kindergarten?” We hear this question time and again as parents grapple with where to send their children to preschool. This webinar organized by the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools in partnership with Natural Start explores how nature preschools prepare children for future learning by supporting growth across developmental domains.
Mansfield, GAGrowing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills.
This webinar explores several approaches to help teachers foster values of kindness, empathy, gratitude, and compassion with young children. Discover how mindful practices can be seamlessly incorporated into your nature-based program, and why they greatly benefit the children in your care.
Painted Oak Nature School
Hopewell, NJJoin us for an Outdoor Teacher Retreat at the Painted Oak Nature School in Hopewell, NJ. Special features for this event include a teacher's tea, and jam session around the campfire, and inspiring outdoor sessions aimed to help young children connect with nature.
220 South King Street
Jackson, WYThis workshop is designed as a follow-up to last year’s workshop, Documenting Children’s Meaning and Engaging in a Reflective Practice, but open to all educators with an understanding of documentation. Each participant will need to bring with them real samples of children’s work, photographs, and quotes. We will pull apart the important aspects of designing a documentation piece, including; how to graphically represent your work in an aesthetically pleasing way and showcase the depth of children’s learning.
Jackson, WYDynamic, energizing and fascinating curriculum is inspired by the interests, play and questions of children. How do teachers facilitate this kind of meaningful learning? What are the skills and tools necessary to craft emergent curriculum? Come join us to explore the connection between observation, documentation, and designing creative student-centered learning experiences.
Grand Rapids, MIJoin us for a combined 3-day Project WILD and Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve in Grand Rapids. Prerequisite: Must be certified as an educator in PLT or WILD to register. This means you have already taken at least 1 previous workshop. The state coordinators and guest facilitators will prepare participants to deliver professional development training workshops based on the Project WILD or Project Learning Tree Guides.
Denver, COQualistar Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science offer early childhood educators ideas, strategies, and activities that can be easily integrated into everyday practices.
Oak Savanna Learning Center
Zimmerman, MNDesigned for educators who work with children ages 3-6, this workshop will demonstrate fun, hands-on activities that address children's cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Lessons include outdoor adventures, math and manipulatives, music and movement, art, and family connections. Some activities will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. "Participants get the award-winning ""Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood"" activity guide, accompanying music CD, 3 CEUs, snacks."
Montezuma, IAThis workshop leads you out the door and provides hands on activities and resource materials to help you lead your own nature explorations. Learn easy ways to help your children appreciate nature. Specially written for children 3-7, Growing Up WILD activities include sections to address many learning areas: math, science, language, literacy, health living, play, and creativity.
Shelburne, VTSpend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Workshop topics include: creating a safe learning environment, developing programs, resource sharing and networking among participants, and more!
Antioch New England
Keene, NHJoin us for an inspiring three days focused on how you can benefit from the emerging field of nature-based leadership—and put your knowledge to work for yourself and others. Leave refreshed and ready to bring the benefits of nature-based experiences to every facet of your life—at home, in relationships, at play and at work in settings as diverse as business, education, health care and organizational development. And join a growing worldwide community of people committed to reconnecting people with nature—for their own health and well being, and that of the Earth.
Dallas, TXBuild a child’s sense of wonder with arts and crafts, music, reading, math and conservation activities. Enhance learning and development in all areas with social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains. Correlated to TEKS, Head Start, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
Symonds Elementary School
Keene, NHJoin us for a new, day-long conference of educators who are redefining what's possible in elementary education. As we build school programs around place-based social studies, outdoor science lessons, Forest Fridays and more, we're connecting children to the natural world, local communities and big ideas.
San Juan, Puerto Rico,CANCELLED Join early childhood educators at the leading annual conference for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices. The annual Research Symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress EE research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Natural Start Alliance will be there, so be sure not to miss this!
St. Louis, MORaintree School is hosting Vaskebjørn: 2nd Annual Forest School Congress of the Midwest- a gathering of educators aimed at promoting an informed, significant, and realistic change in education while sharing innovative approaches and research to enhance place-based learning in wild spaces. Join us this fall for a two-day outdoor extravaganza. Participants will enjoy a relaxing weekend to hone forest school practice, deepen understandings of the forest school pedagogy, and connect with fellow educators.
Ontario, ORIn this early childhood education workshop, educators will learn ways to engage children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore their environment and the world around them. Educators will delve into activities from the Project Learning Tree and WILD guides. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive the curriculum and activity guides.
San Antonio, TXThis workshop is for bilingual teachers and is conducted primarily in Spanish. Learn how to teach young people about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities. During the 7 hour workshop participants will sample activities and receive both Project WILD and Growing Up WILD curriculum and activity guides. Activities are adaptable for all grade levels, integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to the TEKS.
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