Taking student learning outside is a growing trend in education, and Blandford Nature Center is growing opportunities to support nature-based education. This spring Blandford will be hosting a Nature- based Educator Workshop presented by Rachel Larimore, former Director of Education at Chippewa Nature Center and founding director of the Chippewa Nature Center’s Nature Preschool as well as the author of the book, Establishing a Nature-based Preschool.
The outdoors is the perfect place for children to get a head start in their education.This workshop will provide educators the information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum.
Topics will include:
• Benefits of Nature Play
• Real versus perceived outdoor risks
• Naturalizing outdoor play areas
• Integrating nature into indoor spaces
• Leading effective excursions
• Seasonal activities to incorporate into the classroom (large & small group)
Participants will also observe West Side Christian Nature-based program in action and facilities.
Fee ($400/ $375 for the first 10 early bird sign-ups) includes snacks, lunches, handouts & take-home resources. Certificates and Michigan SCECHs available (pending approval). Each day runs from 8:45am to 4:00pm.
To register click: Nature-based Education Workshop. If you have any questions, contact Janet Staal at (616) 735-6240×23 or janet@BlandfordNatureCenter.org.