Training is ideal for educators working with children ages 3-8 years old. Attendees join from all kinds of early learning settings - from nature-based programs and schools to traditional public schools, childcare centers, daycare, HeadStart, and home school settings. Light breakfast and lunch are included on Saturday, but bring your canteen for drinks.
In addition to a wonderful slate of workshops, our hosts at the Brukner Nature Center will offer informal tours of their learning environments and outdoor grounds. We would like to extend a special thank you to our partners at Brukner Nature Center and Forest Time Kindergarten for making this Outdoor Teacher Retreat possible!
This training is pending OH training approval. ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!
Registration and light breakfast
Resiliency Through Exposure to Nature
Meredith Florkey, Learning Tree Farm
This session underscores the need for young children to get out in nature. Not only do we build resiliency in our children through interaction with nature, but we find a new resiliency within our teaching as well. Using a continuum, participants will identify where their current teaching methods lie on the nature education model, where they want to be, and then work to neutralize roadblocks and gather resources.
But Do You Teach Them to Read?
Red Oak Community School
Every nature-based program has its skeptics. Discover some resources and tools you can use to effectively market your program to families and funders alike. Participate in a practice session where we will put our skills to the test.
Wildlife in the Classroom
Jen Dennison, OH Department of Natural Resources
Jeanette and Christopher Canyon, Children's Book Author/Illustrators
Lunch with informal tour of Brukner Nature Center
Holding Space Without Walls
Little Schoolhouse in the Woods, Lee and Jason Hamzy
Outdoor classrooms or spending time in nature with young children requires teachers to create a safe environment for children without having the literal restrictions that walls provide. This can be established through a steady rhythm, clear expectations, and consistency. We will discuss our approach and experiences in how routines help young children feel safe and held. We will also share stories and verses we use during transitions.
Forest Time Kindergarten, Sherri Dauer and Annie Rose Land
The Light Project, Angela McMurry
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