This course develops core routines, which are habits that help us draw closer to nature. As teachers and outdoor guides, we must nurture our relationship with and as part of the natural world to better help children do the same. This course takes inspiration from Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown (2010). We share a seasonal journey integrating core routines and nature connection practices in our own lives, complemented by suggestions for sharing core routines with young children. Be prepared for self-directed experiences you will do outdoors between class meetings.
CLASS MEETINGSMondays from Feb. 22 through March 29, 2021 from 7-9 p.m. (see schedule below).
FLOW OF CLASS SCHEDULE
Each class is a mini-retreat! The format of this interactive course is a combination of facilitated discussion, work in a smaller cohort of teachers, and asynchronous independent learning experiences.
-Facilitated topics centered on core routines
-Cohort discussions and small group experiences
-Reflection and closing stories
There is a total of 12 hours direct learning through six (6) online sessions with course instructor and within small cohorts. Additional self-directed learning will take place centered on topics we discuss as a group. Upon registration, we will provide you with a complete list of materials needed for the course.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to explore the core routines described in Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature as it relates to sharing nature with young children outdoors. Attendees may include: teachers in preschool, childcare, or elementary school settings; naturalists, environmental educators, or outdoor educators; wilderness survival enthusiasts; and parents.
COURSE FACILITATORLynn is a Nature-Based Mentor, Certified Life Coach, naturalist, archetype enthusiast, ceremonial facilitator, and passionate gardener. She is also a contributing author to Discover Your Woman Within: A Journey to Wholeness. With a degree in Biology from Quinnipiac University, an apprenticeship with the Vermont Wilderness School, and a husband busting to co-create transformational, nature-based experiences for individuals and communities. Her life’s work is to support mission-driven people to stay focused on their quest to make the world a better place and find joy in the process.