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September 2019

Presentation by Rachel Larimore: Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms

September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms Presented by Rachel Larimore | Admission by donation Educators make thousands of decisions every day that influence children’s learning. It’s important to consider the overall goals of nature-based programs and whether or not our teaching and administrative practices reflect those goals. Rachel will challenge attendees to consider how well program structures, physical spaces, and teacher-child interactions align with the “Why?” of nature-based early childhood education. No…

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Workshop by Rachel Larimore: Going to the Great “Beyond”

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150 – $200

Join Rachel Larimor for this session exploring our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature, and toward more learning with nature. We’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom.

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February 2020

Inside-Outside: Nature-Based Educators of New England

February 20, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside Central Vermont Chapter Meeting: The Wild, Wise Herbalist Within-- Nurturing innate sensory learning with summer's herbs through winter's tea. Angie Barger, founder of The Tea Project, will lead us in a discussion on plants and healing herbal teas in the deep winter. Angie works with area school teachers implementing mindfulness practices through herbalism, gardening and the ritual of tea drinking. Learn how plants can benefit both our students and ourselves as teachers. 

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April 2020

LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): Sense of Place through the Sense of Taste

April 2, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

As outdoor educators, we have long known the importance of engaging the senses of our students and the role that plays in building a sense of place. However, there is one sense that is often left out of the equation: taste. Every landscape has its own cast of characters that work together to form a unique identity. This includes a unique palate of flavors. Becoming aware of the edible landscape around us adds a whole new layer to how we can interact with and perceive our environment...

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): Songs, Rhymes, and Finger Plays for Young Children 

April 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Young children love to sing and they don't mind what your adult voice sounds like! Experimenting and playing with musical notes and the spoken word can help young children develop language, practice fine motor skills and learn social skills! Join our NBNC education team for an hour of engaging and nature based songs, rhymes and finger plays celebrating all seasons and species. Let's sing, laugh and be joyful! 

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): ECO at Home – Daily Routines in Nature for Families

April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Amy Butler will share the routines and rhythms at work within NBNC's ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program, and help parents translate this back into your home and weekly family schedule. We will discuss why nature connection is more important then ever right now and share inspiring activities to build into your days at home. (Rescheduled to April 23)

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April 2021

Inside-Outside: Nature Based Educators of New England (Chapter Meeting)

April 8 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside is a network of educators and organizations from throughout the northeast and beyond. We come together to connect and support one another in teaching and learning outdoors, while continuing to grow the nature-based education movement. NBNC hosts a once a month Central Vermont Chapter meeting for anyone interested in learning more about nature-based education for children in grades preK to 12th grade. We host our meetings on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year.

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May 2021

Inside-Outside: Nature Based Educators of New England (Chapter Meeting)

May 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside is a network of educators and organizations from throughout the northeast and beyond. We come together to connect and support one another in teaching and learning outdoors, while continuing to grow the nature-based education movement. NBNC hosts a once a month Central Vermont Chapter meeting for anyone interested in learning more about nature-based education for children in grades preK to 12th grade. We host our meetings on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year.

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September 2021

The Caterpillar Lab – Caterpillars for Educators

September 5 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$50

Bring caterpillars into your classroom and your curriculum! This workshop for PreK-12th grade teachers is an exploration of caterpillar diversity and ecology, a workshop on keeping caterpillars in the classroom, and an exploration of curricular connections that use caterpillars to meet NGSS and proficiency standards. The Caterpillar Lab’s residency at NBNC is a museum, zoo, circus, laboratory, and classroom rolled into one and directed by world-class science communicators. This workshop promises bewildering stories of natural history and zoology, practical tools and technologies for working with caterpillars in the classroom and in the field, and a learning community of other biodiversity-loving educators.

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