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Complete Webinar Series: Natural Play Spaces
Thurs., Apr. 20, May 5, and Fri. May 6 | 3-4 p.m.
This 3-part webinar series will help you make the most of outdoor learning in natural play spaces! From theory and research to daily practice, you will discover countless ways to explore, design and utilize natural play spaces. These spaces offer vital ways for young children to build skills while developing deeper connections with the natural world. (See complete descriptions for each webinar listed.) Registration includes: The Value of Natural Play Spaces; Planning Your Natural Play Space; and Loose Parts, Tools and Props.
Part 1: The Value of Natural Play Spaces | Thurs., April 20, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
There is a rich history of natural play spaces the world over. This webinar offers a survey of natural play spaces with a deeper look at substantial skill development linked with outdoor play. Research from academic sources will be offered throughout. If you want to know more about the proven value of natural play spaces, or if you need more talking points for parents, fellow colleagues or grants, this is great place to begin.
Part 2: Planning Your Natural Play Space | Thurs., May 4, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
You know that natural play spaces have significant benefits for young children. But how do you go about creating one? This is a quick and dirty intro to planning a natural play space, no matter your setting. We will walk through important design considerations, features, and ways to mobilize your learning community for support.
Part 3: Loose Parts, Tools and Props | Fri., May 5, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
Yes, all the elements for meaningful learning are already right there in nature with no enhancement needed. But if you want to facilitate skill development in specific ways, then loose parts, tools and props can supplement outdoor learning experiences. This webinar explores a plethora of materials, tools and props with corresponding activities and processes that you will want to try!
Complete Summer Webinar Series: Mud, Fire & Water
Fridays June 23, July 7, and August 11 | 2-3 p.m.
The basic earth elements of mud, fire and water are inspiration for this playful 3-part webinar series. Discover a plethora of approaches to help facilitate memorable sensory experiences with young children. Whether you are new to mud, fire and water play or you are looking for fresh ideas for your nature-based program, this series is oozing with fun ideas. Guidance with regard to policies, parents, and staff are included. Highlights and tips from regional nature preschools and forest kindergartens will also be shared.
Summer Webinar Series: Mud
Part 1: Friday, June 23 | 2-3 p.m.
Longing to facilitate mud play with the tots in your care? This webinar explores activities and processes that help young children connect with the earth through glorious mud. Heaps of muddy examples are provided, as well skill development and practical considerations for your program.
Summer Webinar Series: Fire
Part 2: Friday, July 7 | 2-3 p.m.
Fire is one of the most basic ways people connect with the earth and young children are no exception. Discover ways to incorporate fire (yes, FIRE) into your early childhood program. We reveal tips from nature preschools and forest kindergartens as well as key policies on safety and parent buy-in.
Summer Webinar Series: Water
Part 3: Friday, August 11 | 2-3 p.m.
The water cycle is a time-honored topic that early childhood educators share with young children. But how? Another water cycle mobile? This webinar emphasizes how water brings the senses to life as young children discover the states of matter, aquatic habitats, and weather through experiential (wet!) outdoor play.
Discover effective approaches for the meaningful integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through playful outdoor learning. Though STEM is a buzzword in formal education now, STEM skill development has always been a benefit of exploration in the natural world. Inquiry-based theory meets practice during this six-week course. A dynamic combo of self-guided modules, webinars, interactive sharing and optional excursion ensure a stellar training experience. Expect to take inspiration from each other while learning many approaches and activities to try with your little ones.