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C&NN Natural Teachers Network


C&NN Natural Teachers Network

Welcome to the virtual gathering place of the Natural Teachers Network. 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: 368
Latest Activity: 28 minutes ago

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 of the Natural Teachers Network and this website 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 on the Natural Teachers Network home pages and 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

Infants and toddlers in nature 2 Replies

Hello. I am a 5 star  licensed family child care home provider in NC. I believe in letting even the youngest child explore nature. Infants and toddlers learn through their senses and nature is such a…Continue

Started by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam. Last reply by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam Jan 6.

Music and the outdoors 7 Replies

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

Started by Kari. Last reply by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam Jan 6.

printable kiosk materials

Hello, All.I am searching for printable enviro ed materials geared towards the general public, for posting in a series of information kiosks.  Specifically, 1 or 2 pagers--containing seasonal…Continue

Started by Eric gehring Dec 23, 2014.

Children's and Teen Health Summit

Our very own Cheryl Charles will be presenting at the ONLINE Chiildren and Teen Health Summit that begins Monday, November 3rd! The event is online, and  you can listen whenever you want during that…Continue

Started by Carla Atherton Oct 31, 2014.

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Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 1:15pm

I hope this photo opens: spot the scat!
Nature Matters! Deb
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 1:09pm
Lynn! You have an actual, real-life, scat collection? OMgiggles that is amazing. I volunteered for a local group a couple of years back. We organized a family outing to get parents and children involved in local parks. We set up an informative tent with lots of interesting things but the most popular was the "poop tent": which the children called it. We didn't have real-life specimens but the ones we had sure looked real. We ordered them from a place in the USA (I'm from Canada). I have a great photo of scat I should share somewhere here.
All the best on your book. I can't wait to see it.
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 18, 2010 at 12:15pm
Great ideas and I will follow up once I get the book up and running on amazon
Deb- Fun isn't it to really look at scat. I love to teach children and adults how to track--I'm unofficially called the Scat Lady because of the my carefully preserved scat collection.
Comment by amy pertschuk on August 18, 2010 at 11:54am
Ok Lynn, now you have us on the edge of our seats. If you want to give us all a preview -- timing of that up to you and your publisher -- you could add a BLOG entry about Snow Secrets and children and nature etc. Always room for another good book on our virtual shelf.
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 11:46am
Speaking of "scats" Lynn, I just found a trace in my backyard. Was a mystery to me until I saw the look of doom on my cats face hiding under the swing. Poor thing felt so bad...my scat-box cleaner must have not been on duty last night. LOL
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 11:43am
Well then Lynn, you will just have to keep us posted, please:)
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 18, 2010 at 11:41am
Thanks for your suggestions - Deb- It will be printed this fall, so that is why you didn't find it. The book that amazon sells is Mammal Tracks and Scat:Life-Size Tracking guide which I am co-author.
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 11:37am
I would love to learn more about your book Lynn. I just checked amazon.com and .ca but no mention of it there yet.
Comment by Anne Morddel on August 18, 2010 at 10:59am
I am not sure this is the right place to point out a resource that I find quite charming, but I hope so. The Woodland Trust runs a page for young children called the Nature Detectives ( www.naturedetectives.org.uk ) There are a few good ideas there.

On another note, I very much like the book club idea!
Comment by John Thielbahr on August 18, 2010 at 9:34am
Lynn, you could post a blog with snippets of your book. I am not sure you could post a whole chapter. You could also post some of the content on the Discussions site and ask for feedback or other sharing of ideas and suggestions. Suz, what do you think?

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