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Natural Teachers

Welcome to the virtual gathering place for Natural Teachers. A Natural Teacher is any educator who uses the natural world as a powerful learning environment—whether the subject is biology, writing, art, or any other.

Website: http://www.naturalteachers.org
Members: 404
Latest Activity: Apr 25

Every teacher can be a Natural Teacher.

Think of this forum as a break room full of your peers ready for a conversation, a place where you can share ideas and ask for suggestions, where you can be engaged, creative, and encouraged. The subject: How to use the natural world as a classroom to improve your students’ health and well-being, including cognitive ability and attitudes toward learning. The objective: Inspire action, individually or in groups.

Like any meeting place where diverse opinions and concerns are shared, the discourse here must be civil. For further guidance on the “rules of engagement,” please see a set of Frequently Asked Questions located at http://childrenandnature.ning.com/page/frequently-asked-questions.

The goal is to encourage more teachers to connect their students with nature and to provide a forum where Natural Teachers can share their knowledge and views. Collectively, Natural Teachers can have a profound impact on improving the lives of children, and, in some schools and communities, that is already happening.

Please participate actively, and encourage others to join. Get together face-to-face as well.

You'll find tools and resources throughout the larger Children & Nature Network website.

The Children & Nature Network Leadership Team will monitor this NTN Group web site from time to time, to respond to ideas and encourage action. Thank you for your commitment to children.

Discussion Forum

Backpacking Wilderness Summer Camp Counselor Positions Available

Camp Unalayee, a non-profit wilderness summer camp for kids, ages 10-17 is looking for outdoor lovers who want to be backpacking Summer Camp Counselors. Come spend the summer in the beautiful Trinity…Continue

Started by Sarah Camp Feb 7.

Music and the outdoors 8 Replies

I'm wondering if  you know of any resources connecting music to  the outdoors ?Continue

Started by Kari. Last reply by Tara Lynn Von Dollen Sep 18, 2016.

ParkLAND Project Get Kids off the Playground and Into the Wild Corners of Local Parks

A new Raintree School initiative is afoot. And we're inviting everyone! From preschoolers to scouts, Missouri to Maryland, we'd like to…Continue

Tags: mapping

Started by Brandi Cartwright Aug 9, 2016.

BEETLES Project Releases New (free!) Resources for Outdoor Science Programs & Educators

Hi, Natural Teachers!BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) is excited to announce the launch of its …Continue

Tags: curriculum, student, activities, learning, development

Started by Jedda Foreman Jan 22, 2016.

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Comment by Amy Butler on January 16, 2017 at 5:46am

We have an immediate job opening on our education team at the North Branch Nature Center. Join our Forest Preschool teaching staff and help us continue to grow the first Forest Preschool in Vermont. We have just renovated our education building to better serve our community with a licensed preschool program starting in August 2017. Our position begins this winter as part time and grows to full time in the fall! Be a part of the growing nature immersion movement and teach outdoors in Vermont! You can find the complete position description on our website: 

http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/employment.html

Comment by Amy Butler on January 16, 2017 at 5:46am

We have an immediate job opening on our education team at the North Branch Nature Center. Join our Forest Preschool teaching staff and help us continue to grow the first Forest Preschool in Vermont. We have just renovated our education building to better serve our community with a licensed preschool program starting in August 2017. Our position begins this winter as part time and grows to full time in the fall! Be a part of the growing nature immersion movement and teach outdoors in Vermont! You can find the complete position description on our website: 

http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/employment.html

Comment by Kate Hubmayer on November 20, 2016 at 8:28pm

Hi everyone, check out my new blog Nature Crafts for Kids for some great crafty ideas you can use outside or in the classroom. Cheers, Kate

Comment by Geoffrey McMullan on June 5, 2015 at 3:10am

Here is a game I use with children you can have hours of fun with this: /Free%20Game%20Pick%20a%20Colour.pdf

You will find more resources with this link: http://aq.be/37b5c8

Best wishes

Geoffrey

Comment by Michael D. Barton on May 4, 2015 at 5:56pm

Since we launched in March 2015 we have sold over 80 "Children at Nature Play" signs - to nature centers, nature-based preschools, wildlife refuges, children & nature advocates, etc. Learn more about the sign that sparks a conversation about connecting children to nature - and order one! - at natureplaysign.com.

Comment by Lauren Maples on May 4, 2015 at 5:46pm

Hello all,

I just want to share a website that I've been working on as part of my Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teacher program in case it may be inspirational or useful to any teachers out there: http://www.teachingandlearningoutside.org/

Comment by Elizabeth DeMartino Newton on April 14, 2015 at 9:52am

Comment by Elizabeth DeMartino Newton on April 14, 2015 at 9:52am

Comment by Karan Barber on February 25, 2015 at 10:10am

We are so proud of our Natural Leaders Academy 2014 graduates - these motivated & brilliant high school students have developed two summer camps (http://e-corps.org/camps-natsci-bt/) and will act as the program directors.  Both are passionate about nature and getting children engage in the outdoors.   Read more in our attached press release.  NatScinewsRelease150223.pdf

Comment by Geoffrey McMullan on February 25, 2015 at 9:37am

Here is a game I use with children you can have hours of fun with this: /Free%20Game%20Pick%20a%20Colour.pdf

You will find more resources with this link: http://aq.be/37b5c8

Best wishes

Geoffrey

 

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