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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Inside-Outside is a network of educators and institutions that are committed to the practices of nature based education for all students. NBNC Teacher-Naturalist, Zac Cota, will reveal the science and wonder of our amazing amphibians, showcase citizen science opportunities, and highlight curriculum connections. Come prepared with your slimy and slippery salamander questions, and your best frog call imitation!

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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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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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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.…

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