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ECO Institute for Early Childhood Educators

July 22 @ 8:00 AM - July 26 @ 4:00 PM


Instructors: Jenna Plouffe & Ken Benton
July 22 – 26
$1300 ($1750 with 3 graduate credits)
Class Size: 12-20 students
For preschool and kindergarten educators

This course applies early childhood learning curricula beyond the classroom, while immersing in and participating with nature as a learning partner. The course provides inquiry-based learning through intensive experiential lessons, provocations and discussions held entirely outdoors. Participants will:

  • Build the core routines of an outdoor classroom to feel competent managing their own nature immersion curriculum outdoors.
  • Practice conducting site and risk assessments and practice safety protocols within the context of an outdoor classroom.
  • Address potential logistical challenges in starting a program.
  • Share songs, games, stories and resources to support a nature immersion curriculum.
  • Provide time for collaboration among participants to create a project/program of their own.
  • Engage in dialogue around methods of connecting children with their natural communities in order to support a nature pedagogy.

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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602