Exposure to Nature Creates Resiliency-Develop your plan
Ohio Approved Training
In this interactive training, participants will learn the benefits of including nature in working with young children. Participants will analyze where they lie on the nature based education continuum and create a goal for moving forward on that continuum. This training is available at your site.
Nature Supports Early Childhood Development and Learning
2 hours Ohio Approved Training
In this hands-on training, participants will learn about how early childhood education and environmental education intersect. Theory and practice will be discussed. Natural items will be used to create quick mini lessons in each area of instruction. Participants be able to identify how nature can be used as a part of curriculum to achieve all areas of instruction. The group will have discussion regarding being prepared for different types of encounters in the field and how to turn them into lessons that support development and learning.
4 hours Ohio Approved Credit-Pending
Join the staff of Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool for an immersive experience diving deep into child led nature-based education. Unlike a sterile training in a conference room, you will see what nature preschool looks like from the eyes of a 4-year-old. We’ll spend time playing in an outdoor classroom, using our social emotional skills to build community, experience a hike through our 85 acres of farm and forest and even snack out in the field. Educators will have small breakout sessions along the way to debrief on topics of interest. Some examples are hazards vs risk taking, negotiating trail etiquette, standards met in child led environments, and discipline.
Educators will break away for a farm to table lunch filled with collegial discussion. After lunch, we’ll join together for a short meditation, and healthy movement in the forest.
In the afternoon, we will investigate into the nature-based education pedagogy, place-based education and how to overcome roadblocks. Together we will practice some applicable lessons for your classroom together. To finish the day, we’ll visit the baby animals on the farm and form an individualized plan on how you can personally dig deeper into nature-based education.
This training will be held outside, rain or shine. We will shelter in case of rain during discussions and lunch, but participants need to dress for the weather including sturdy shoes for hiking a forest path. Meal and snacks are provided. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray.
This training can be scheduled for your staff at Learning Tree Farm or modified to fit a site of your choosing. Being outdoors is required.
Not for Ohio Approved Hours
What are you interested in learning more about? Please let us know what aspect of Nature Baed Early Childhood Education you are interested in learning about. We can customize programming to your needs.
Upcoming topics from Ohio Naturally
Ohio Approval pending
-Sticks and Stones won't break THESE bones! The power of nature's loose parts
-Administrators & Directors: The basics of starting a Nature Based Preschool in Ohio
-Transitioning an existing preschool to a nature based preschool