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Early Childhood Nature Resources

This group is a place for all of us who love nature and young children to share resources we have found to be helpful and inspiring. Please post stories, programs, workshop materials, handouts for parents, books, links, and photos.

Website: http://www.hookedonnature.org
Members: 106
Latest Activity: Feb 18

Words of Wisdom

Teaching children about the natural world
should be treated as one of the most
important events in their lives.
Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense
of wonder, he needs the companionship
of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement
and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder

Discussion Forum

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens 1 Reply

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens WorkshopJoin us for a great One-Day Intensive Workshop on Nature Preschools and Kindergartens.  Claire Warden and I will be hosting this workshop on Nature…Continue

Started by Paul Roberts. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Jan 11, 2013.

Nature Preschools 22 Replies

We are just about to start our second year of our Little Sprouts nature based early learning center and I just wondered if any of you guys are doing this and if you have any BIG ideas for us to…Continue

Started by Debbie Greene. Last reply by Janine Carpenter May 5, 2012.

Join us for our International Green Schoolyard Conference: Sept. 16-18, 2011, San Francisco Bay Area

As many of you know, the green schoolyard movement is growing rapidly and flourishing around the world.  Schools near and far are reimagining their grounds, replacing their extensive paved surfaces…Continue

Tags: environment, nature, conference, green, childhood

Started by Sharon Danks Jun 20, 2011.

Let's G.O.! Get Outside 1 Reply

Wanted to be sure you all know about Let’s G.O.! Get Outside. This is a youth-inspired, youth-led campaign unifying all of C&NN's initiatives and partners to Play, Serve and Celebrate together…Continue

Started by Avery Cleary. Last reply by Stephanie Rach-Wilson Mar 4, 2011.

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Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 12:24pm
I love your site - would love to do a linkshare and include you in our newsletter.
Comment by E skeaff on January 4, 2011 at 12:20pm
http://outdoorbabynetwork is a resource for parents who do outdoor activities with kids
Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 11:41am
Hi - sorry, we would love to send materials to you at no cost. Sorry, should have made that more clear. We keep a reserve for classroom and teachers so please let me know if that helps. Cheers to you!
Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 4, 2011 at 11:03am

Thanks, Stephanie- cute Chipper website and I will get back to you.  I have no budget right now, but may in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!

And thanks Juliet! Your blog is very interesting and I will explore it more.  I think I will need to have a suitcase in the near future so I don't stress my back.

Thanks again,

Pat

 

Comment by Juliet Robertson on January 4, 2011 at 10:46am

Hi Patricia

 

Great blog! It's always good too read other teacher's blog.

 

I understand your predicament - I'm an occasional sub teacher and so I carry a portable "grab'n'go" set of resources. I use a mixture of wheeled suitcases (2) and bags called SmartsackPeg bags that children can carry out independently - down stairs, through doors etc as the handles slip onto the children's arms.

 

I also bring the outside in, quite regularly. A lot of the posts on my blog may be of use and have a look at my blogroll index - some very inventive and real "Power Bloggers" inc Kari Svenneby below. 

 

My blog is called "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!" and it's a little more general than being purely nature based. 

 

Best wishes

Juliet

Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 10:41am

Hi Patricia,

Chipper is based in Marin but we do a lot of activities in the schools. I'd love to send you a kit. It's great to do stretching and singing exercises and we also encourage teachers to download the coloring pages on our site for a life size Memory Game. The above would take a half hour. Please look at our little ambassador of the great outdoors and email directly if I can send you some things - stephanie@iagmedia.net Cheers to you!

Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 4, 2011 at 10:30am
I am a preschool teacher in Minnesota (not where my picture was taken- that's in Mexico!). I teach a class for preschoolers called Ms. Pat's Nature Club.  I would like to invite you to check out my blog at patriciagilkerson.blogspot.com and help me out with ideas and suggestions.  Each class (4 in all) gets approximately 30 minutes every other week for activities and this time of year, we have to do inside things.  My half hour would be completely taken up by putting on coats, boots and snowpants if we went out!  Most of the ideas I get from books are for extended activities or projects that there is no room for.  I don't have my own classroom and have to tote everything with me.  Ideas? And thanks, in advance!
Comment by Kari on January 3, 2011 at 10:11am
Get Outside!: an All-Weather Guide to Outdoor Playgroups
January 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CST, 11:00 AM MST, 10:00 AM PST
(60 minutes)

Join Kari Svenneby, founder of ActiveKidsClub.com, for a complete guide to how to embrace the season with fun activities and get out there as a family.
She'll share the story of ActiveKidsClub.com, how it grew
from one Norwegian mom living in Toronto who just wanted her kid to meet
other kids outside to a national and international network of
playgroups with the same aim: connecting children to the natural world.
She'll also provide participants concrete strategies and techniques for
successful and active playgroups in all types of weather, including the darkest days of winter! Register for this free webinar now!

http://playschool.kaboom.org/session_upcoming.php?id=5647

Comment by Kristin B. Eno on December 27, 2010 at 12:46am
Thanks all of you for posting links and ideas.  I am excited to virtually "meet" you all and to become involved w/ this group.  I make films with young children as they are playing outdoors.   I'm also a mom of a 2-year-old, and am so happy to explore the outdoors with my own child after documenting children in natural landscapes for 10 years.  See my work here: www.littlecreaturesfilms.com.  We're currently raising money on Kickstarter to complete and distribute our first HD film!  And I'm always looking to collaborate with like-minded schools and organizations.  Happy New Year, Kristin
Comment by Juliet Robertson on December 18, 2010 at 1:14pm
I think Scotland is a really interesting place right now in terms of it's development of outdoor play and learning. I think we have the potential to really be world class in what we are doing - thanks in part to Mindstretchers and a few other pioneers and politicians who have put forward far reaching policies. I don't know of any other country that has the development of state run nature kindergartens as a medium term priority and outdoor learning as a core part of the curriculum.

So in a few years time, it will be a very interesting country to visit. I feel lucky to be involved in it all. It like being at the beautiful dawn of a new day.
 

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