ECO: Educating Children Outdoors
ECO Summer Institute
The ECO Institute for Teachers is a five-day nature immersion course for elementary teachers, assistants, aides and administrators. During the week, a leadership team of professional nature immersion specialists guides teachers in direct application of outdoor classroom routines as well as ways to incorporate NGSS and Common Core into those routines. All courses are held in an outdoor setting so come prepared to spend the entire day outside. The North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT hosts our group on 28 acres of diverse and abundant land.
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ECO Institute Level 1, Session 1- June 26-30, 2017
This week-long course will introduce teachers to core routines which create the structure for a successful outdoor classroom experience.. Through the practice of storytelling, playing, building, creating and reflecting, you will become a student of the day-long outdoor experience. As a group, we will participate in standards-based lessons embedded within the day long outdoor experience. This learning mirrors the experience of students during a typical day of ECO. Our day includes discussion, philosophy and planning with school teams with the oversight of an experienced instructor. We invite you to leave all technology at home. We will provide you with electronic documents at each day’s end. Preschool teachers are encouraged to attend Session 2. Cost: ECO Level 1 $1,160 with no credit, $1,510 for three graduate credits
In Bloom in Maine
The conference will explore topics such as risk management, designing natural play areas, integrating gardening into the curriculum, using natural elements to explore rhythm, and much more. See below for locations and conference topics. For more information, visit the website or contact Peg Smeltz, 603-283-2301.
Photos by Sadie Fischbeck
Branch Nature Center