Join us for a deep dive into nature pedagogy with educator and founding director of ERAFANS, Monica Wiedel-Lubinski. This master class workshop provides an overview of nature pedagogy in the context of nature-based early childhood education. We will examine emergent curriculum and intentional approaches to outdoor learning during a series of hands-on experiences, so please dress for the weather. Engaging outdoor activities will spark connections to your curriculum and promote language, literacy, and STEM-based topics. Whether you are seeking ideas for immersive outdoor learning or want to bring nature connection to an indoor classroom space, this workshop is full of practical approaches you can apply right away. Participants also benefit from dialogue our experienced presenter, so feel free to bring questions for the concluding Q&A session.
During this Master Class Workshop, participants will:
All participants will receive a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!
This training is ideal for educators, caregivers, and others working with children three to six years old. Attendees work in all kinds of settings, from nature-based schools and forest kindergartens to public schools, traditional preschools, HeadStart programs, childcare centers, daycare, and more. Light breakfast and lunch are included, but bring your canteen for drinks.
About the Master Class Workshop Presenter: Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, M.Ed
From mud paint to deer tracks, Wiedel-Lubinski has pursued her love of nature-based education for over twenty years. As the founder of three Maryland nature preschool programs and a consultant to countless others, she is an experienced advocate for nature-based education. Wiedel-Lubinski is the founding director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, which provides nature-based professional development for teachers and childcare providers across the East coast (ERAFANS.org). She is a frequent contributor for written publications that include NAEYC, NAAEE, and the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education. She recently published a chapter for STEM In Early Childhood Education: How Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Strengthen Learning with emphasis on the role of outdoor learning (Cohen and Stupiansky, 2019). She is currently writing a book about nature play, expected in July 2020 (Quarry Books, in press). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University.
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