Core routines 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 four-week 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.
Sundays, October 25, November 8, November 22, and December 6, 2020. Each class meets or 3 hours between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (see schedule below).
Each day 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.
10 - 11:30 a.m. Facilitated topics centered on core routines
11:30-1 p.m. Outside experiences/break
1-2 p.m. Cohort discussions and small group experiences
2-2:30 p.m. Reflection and closing stories
There is a total of 12 hours direct learning through four (4) online sessions with presenters 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. Feel free to reach out to Monica with questions.
Lynn 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.
Monica Wiedel-Lubinski is the founding director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS). She shares more than two decades of experience teaching and learning in nature with young children. She is the founder/cofounder of three Maryland nature preschools including Notchcliff Forest School which is an intergenerational approach to nature-based education at a retirement community. As a teacher, author, and frequent keynote speaker, she encourages nature-based education take root wherever she goes. Her most recent book, Nature Play Workshop for Families, encourages families to share nature together (Wiedel-Lubinski and Madigan, Quarto Press: 2020).