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Educating Children Outdoors Book Launch and Art Gallery Reception

April 5 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday, April 5 | 5 – 7 PM | Readings and artist talk at 6 PM
Free (or pre-order a book during registration for $28.00)
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Can’t make it to the event but still want a book? Purchase one here for pickup at NBNC!

Join us to celebrate the release of Educating Children Outdoors: Lessons in Nature-Based Learning by Amy Butler! Amy is the former NBNC Director of Education and the founder of our flagship program, ECO. We’ll also be celebrating the opening of our spring art show, featuring work from the book by local artist and illustrator Nick Neddo. Meet Amy, Nick, and other contributors to the book; listen to readings and a brief artist talk; enjoy refreshments and music, and get your book signed. 

About the book: Educating Children Outdoors is a resource for educators interested in spending extended periods of time in nature with their students. This book offers curricular guidance on nature-based lessons that align with K–3 education standards and build on children’s innate curiosity and wonder for the natural world. With 25 lessons in five units of study spread out across a seasonal school year, and appendixes that offer templates for learning, Educating Children Outdoors is essential for educators looking to harvest the benefits of a nature-based curriculum.

About Amy Butler: Amy has over 25 years of experience teaching in the outdoors, and has committed her career to helping others connect to the natural world in meaningful and authentic ways. Amy writes from northern Vermont and continues to teach about nature-based learning throughout the northeast. 

About Nick Neddo: Nick has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. As a youngster, he identified primary focuses that would become life-long pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills), and creating art. Trusting the inherent value of these skills, he continues to embrace their pursuit with a ravenous appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and the creative process. Nick works with art media that he crafts from raw materials he forages from the landscape. He transforms these fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks, and stones into pens, paintbrushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells, and sketchbooks.  He is the author of two guides to making your own art supplies from nature: The Organic Artist and The Organic Artist for Kids as well as the illustrator of Educating Children Outdoors.

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April 5
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
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