See photos from the first cohort of teachers to participate in the course, July 9-13, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.
The intermediate course is designed for participants who have already completed the intro credential. During the registration process, you may include special topics for deeper study. The intermediate course delves into more nuanced facets of running a nature-based program, managing/mentoring teachers, and promoting your program. Participants will document outdoor teaching practices for an online learning component as part of the culminating credential. The intermediate course addresses these topics:
Preparation of the Guide: Reflective practices for deep, rich personal nature connection; approaches to hone clarity of mind, intentions, and purpose
Teaching Practices & Outdoor Curriculum: Emergent and intentional curriculum; application of skill development across developmental domains in outdoor settings
Authentic Assessment & Documentation: Assessment of child growth and development in the context of outdoor learning
Administration: Shaping your program’s vision; key considerations for nature-based administrators; hiring; on-going staff mentoring; staff and program evaluation
Primitive Skills & Handcrafts: Practical skills using tools and local natural resources; fire-making, foraging, and cooking with young children
Risk Management: Health and safety topics; policies and procedures that protect children, families, and staff; special considerations for administrators
Land Values & Stewardship: Implementing and instilling sustainable approaches to sharing the land and its natural resources; local natural history, ecology, and conservation topics surround a given site; identification of native flora/fauna and ecological communities; cultural and ethical considerations about land use
1) Complete the course, which is a live training event. (Sorry, an online option is not available. Because of its depth and significance, we don't believe an online offering can replace the value of a live training experience for certification.) Successful completion is determined by:
Active participation and attendance for the full training
Completion of assignments including journaling/reflective practice, readings, and action plans
Demonstrate thorough understanding of nature-based education and pedagogy based on training experiences
We will provide a training certificate at the conclusion of the course to acknowledge either a "certificate of attendance" or "full certification". If you do not meet requirements stated above or some aspect is pending, we will award the certificate of attendance. If you would like the full certification, you may submit outstanding documents up to one year following the certification course for full certification status. Participants who successfully complete the training and provide required documentation will receive full certification.
Experienced nature-based educators and naturalists from across the region share their knowledge throughout the course. You can count on outstanding expertise throughout the week-long experience. Details will be forth-coming for registered participants.
July 6-10, 2020 (Intro level 1 and Intermediate level 2)
The McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD is located on a picturesque, 800-acre campus that includes streams, woods, fields, ponds, and Roots, the school's farm. There are countless opportunities for outdoor exploration here. We are delighted to roam the grounds for our training this summer!
July 20-24, 2020 (Intro level 1 and Intermediate level 2)
The Verdi EcoSchool in Melbourne, FL offers an array of nature-based programs and homeschool options for preschool through highschool ages. Eco-Collective partners support this urban farm school in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Certification courses will be offered Summer 2021 at the Maumee Valley Country Day School in Ohio. Registration coming Fall 2020!
Please note that all participants are required to complete this waiver during registration. Our refund policies are found here as well. For additional information, contact the director, Monica Wiedel-Lubinski.