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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: 107
Latest Activity: May 1

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

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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 Lori Pouttu on November 7, 2013 at 11:01am

http://youtu.be/YGt5WtryQX0   This is one of the cutest fall stories I have ever read!  The beautiful watercolor illustrations are wonderful too!  Enjoy this  preview and then go look for it at your local library... or on Amazon (Look for the link in the video description.)

Comment by Suz Lipman on June 10, 2013 at 7:54pm

Child care providers and others, enter the CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest. Your group could win $15K for their favorite non-profit. Deadline June 17.

http://bit.ly/10nnZqY

Comment by wayne richards on October 4, 2012 at 7:16am

Nature's Notes, just won its first national award from Creative Child Magazine! The 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD (Kids Educational Books category).

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please visit our author website at ButterflyNature.com

Comment by John Thielbahr on April 20, 2012 at 9:07am

Colleagues, a request that requires a quick response.  C&NN is submitting a grant proposal for adding nature activities to child care programs to address childhood obesity in kids with ages five and under.  Do any of you have similar programs for kids in this age range that have produced results that we can reference in the grant proposal?  Please respond on this site or to me personally at john.thielbahr003@gmail.com.  Many thanks.  jt

Comment by Debbie Tashoff on April 13, 2012 at 5:33am

I love the idea Connecting Children to Nature through literature...there are so many incredible books out there that need to be shared...it saddens me to go into classrooms and see TV themed books on the shelves...there is a wealth of beauty and knowledge just waiting to be shared with our young children!

If you are able to do it outside you might like "magic windows"...you can use old wire hangers bent into square shapes or inexpensive simple balsa wood frames(found at your local A&C stores)...kids use these to view a small window of the world in the grass of dirt...looking through and describing what they see.  You can also make available natural colored pencils and crayons, clip boards(mini sized found at Staples) with paper and let the kids draw what they see in a designated natural area.  Natural sculpture and collage is fun too!  I love the idea and hope that maybe I can integrate it into some of my work shops.  Good Luck!

Comment by John Thielbahr on April 12, 2012 at 9:32am

Jan, so glad that Emily is moving forward with Book Trails.  I didn't hear from her after I sent my email, but please keep her informed about how valuable this movement is, and ask her to keep us informed on Book Trails.   All the best,  jt

Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on April 11, 2012 at 7:59pm

Keep us updated on the Book Trails, hope it comes to my neck of the woods. Is there any way to find out where it go's next?

Comment by Jan Hummer on April 11, 2012 at 6:49pm

So it is interestingJohn that you have mentioned Book Trails below in Steamboat, CO today.  Emily Krall the director of this amazing program and I are working on getting the Connecting Children to Nature through American Literature exhibit in WV to travel to CO to be on display in their local library.  Hoping all of this can happen and maybe it will become a traveling exhibit in the near future for any libraries to enjoy.  Thinking about creating a little Early Ed. curriculum if this happens to be done outside. 

Great ideas Christina concerning Mud Day can't wait to make my mud pit at home for my little one and her friends.  Love the prizes wish I could be there :)

Peace - Jan

Comment by John Thielbahr on April 11, 2012 at 3:40pm

I love this, especially putting the pictures up at the children's library.  I just made a connection with Anythink Libraries in Colorado through Susie Wirth of Nature Explore (Arbor Day Foundation) to talk about nature reading and activities (our "Naturebraries" initiative where we are asking libraries to host Nature Story Hours for kids and families).  Jan Hummer is also in Colorado, and she just introduced me to a friend of hers who is returned to Steamboat to start something called Book Trails.  Lots going on in Colorado.  Keep us posted on your mud adventures.  jt

Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on April 11, 2012 at 1:32pm

Hi Everyone,  I know its early but I'm gearing up for International Mud day 2012. It's a great time to start organizing an event for fun mud activities. I'm doing a Mud Day with all the preschools in my valley. I'm doing a photo contest. On June 29th each program/classroom is doing a mud activity that they are comfortable with (my program will of course make a full on mud pit, but that's not for everyone). I just got the ok to display the photo's at the children's library, and we will have 3 prizes. One a spa day/mud wrap for the teachers of the winning classroom, I'm donating one of my classroom size felted soap kit (for fun clean up)  for the 2nd place class, and a local baker is donating delicious vegan "mud pie" for the 3rd place classroom. In the end the kids all win! Let me know of any other ideas to let people in my community know its happening all over!

 

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