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!
Circle Time Through the Seasons
Little Schoolhouse in the Woods, Lee and Jason Hamzy
We will teach seasonal songs, games, and stories for circle time. Themes of nature and weather combine with rhythm and rhyme in order to engage students and promote social-emotional health, hands-on learning and improved proprioception. Rhythm and repetitive patterns improve memory skills and promote pre-literacy skills.
Planting Seeds of Social Change Through Nature-Based Learning
Red Oak Community School, Cheryl Ryan
Nature-based education is so much more than developing a love for the outdoors. It also lays the foundation for lessons about social justice. We will explore how learning in, and about nature teaches young learners the values of tolerance, inclusivity, empathy, advocacy, equality, and awareness.
Design Process for Outdoor Learning Environments
SHP Architecture, Edward Melvin
In this session, we will discuss the process for planning and implementing inclusive and accessible outdoor learning environments and address the where, who, what, why, and how. The discussion will include the relationship of the physical environment, the 8 senses, “The Six Feelings Framework,” which is part of the Autism Planning and Design Guidelines published by Ohio State University to the design of outdoor learning spaces with intentional learning opportunities. You can expect to learn more about steps in the design process for outdoor learning environments with consideration between the physical environment and educational and developmental needs of people from preschool-age children to elderly groups.
Rolypoly-ology: Pillbugs in the Classroom
Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center
Roly poly, pill bug, potato bug, sow bug, wood louse – whatever you call these charismatic critters, they are perfect classroom animals. Learn to collect them, keep them alive (and contained), and use them as a catalyst for fun and exploration.
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