ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms
July 8 @ 8:00 AM - July 12 @ 4:00 PM$1300
Instructors: Ken Benton & Guests
July 8 – 12 2024
$1300 ($1750 with 3 graduate credits)
Class Size: 12-20 students
For elementary and middle school teachers
The purpose of this ECO introductory course for elementary and middle school educators is to apply integrated academic 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, activities, and discussions held entirely outdoors. Participants will explore, create and experiment with specific ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) lessons catered to the daily topic. Daily reflection and mindfulness practices are an integral part of the nature immersion learning model and will be practiced throughout the course. A successful nature immersion model allows for students to have choices, to be respected and trusted, and to take risks. Students will develop an understanding of risks vs. hazards as to prepare for and encourage safe risk taking in the outdoor classroom.