Green Mentors, India and the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature School (ERAFANS) in the U.S. offer this dual-certification as an international credential.
The 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting.
About the International Green Teacher Certification
The introductory certification course covers a range of skills and approaches crucial to implementing nature-based early childhood pedagogy. Topics include:
working in and with the local landscape
risk management and safety routines
developmentally appropriate practice outside
emergent curriculum; licensing considerations
literacy, language, and storytelling
making learning visible through documentation and assessment
breathing nature in classroom spaces
gear, supplies, and tools
honing naturalist skills and personal sense of wonder
ways to support your learning community
We will also touch on relevant research, standards, and policy that impacts delivery of nature-based ECE and "green" teaching practices.
Enroll for the Course
Contact Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, Director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature School for more information.
We will gather from Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an altered schedule on Thursday which includes morning observations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to afternoon sessions and an evening campfire (from 5-7 p.m.). Yoga practice will also be incorporated as an optional feature of the course. Complete schedule and training agenda will be provided upon registration.
How do I obtain International Green Teacher Certification status?
1) Complete the course, which is a live training event that takes place in Baltimore, MD. Successful completion is determined by:
Active participation and attendance for the full training
Completion of assignments including journaling/reflective practice, readings, and action plans
Demonstrate thorough understanding of nature-based education and pedagogy based on training experiences
2) Proof of completion of early childhood training relevant to your state or country of origin. This ensures that all participants have basic knowledge of early childhood education principles, which is required to work in any licensed early childhood setting. NOTE: For educators working in non-formal and unlicensed settings, this may be waived.
3) Proof of current Infant/Child First Aid and CPR credentials.
ERAFANS will provide a training certificate at the end of the course or once you have submitted all documentation.
Who are the trainers?
Experienced nature-based educators and naturalists from across the region share their knowledge throughout the course. You can count on outstanding expertise throughout the week-long experience.
Course includes lunch and afternoon snack, Monday-Friday. Both lunch and dinner are provided on Thursday. Teachers are responsible for all other meals. Please specify allergies and/or meal preferences when you register. We will provide a canteen to use throughout the week.
Accommodations & Travel
Flight, buses, and hotel accommodations are not included in the tuition for the course. However, ERAFANS has provided a list of suggested hotels and shuttle services that may be useful for your planning.
We suggest that you arrive on Sunday and plan to stay until the following Sunday (seven nights). Most hotels include breakfast but be sure to ask when you make your reservation.
Sunday, November 4 – 11, 2018
You can preview the PDF of the schedule here.