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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: 363
Latest Activity: Nov 30

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

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.


As I was reading a lot on C&NN for the last many years , I started my own campaign in Asia especially in Pakistan and some other South East Asian countries. Our program is all about connecting…Continue

Started by Erum Sep 20.

Party in Nature with Your Students

Hi Natural Teachers family!Looking for a fun and meaningful activity for your students this Summer or Fall?Check out what…Continue

Started by Dave Room Jul 18.

2014 Manitoba Nature Summit Request for Proposals

Hi Natural Teachers!The Manitoba Nature Summit will be held September 12,13 and 14th at Camp Manitou in Headingly Manitoba. It is a 3 day nature-immersion conference for educators. Workshops range…Continue

Tags: Summit, educators, Natural, Teachers, Nature

Started by Corine Anderson Dec 20, 2013.

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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?
Comment by John Thielbahr on August 18, 2010 at 9:31am
I like the idea of a book club, but the proof will be in the pudding: will enough people participate to make it worthwhile. Then again, I don't know how many participants is enough. It would be nice to have at least ten. Maybe we could have some kind of sign up and when we get to the magic number, we start the reading and sharing. We could have more than one book group going at the same time and let people self select into their own preferences. Let's do some more noodling on this. The first book I want to read is how to clone Juliet Robertson and put her in every state. She is amazing.
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 18, 2010 at 5:39am
I was wondering if you knew of some way I could make available a chapter or two from Snow Secrets---a tracking mystery.
Comment by amy pertschuk on August 18, 2010 at 5:26am
Great suggestion Juliet. We were just talking about a book club for the Natural Families Network too -- for parents and event for children themselves. If NTN could develop the model -- others would follow. And, yes, many authors on this site.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 18, 2010 at 12:03am
Hi John and Everyone. I see that you've persuaded Herb to sign up! What might be fun is to have a "book club" about his new book here on C&NN Connect. I've participated in other online book clubs. Basically everyone is given a couple of months to buy the book and read it once it's published. Then a thread is created with a few questions at the top and everyone and anyone can chip in at any time. However if the author is prepared to add the odd comment or too it does make it a rather special thread.

I realise there's quite a few authors on this site. It might be something that they would enjoy doing with their books too!
Comment by Rodrigo Cavasini on August 17, 2010 at 2:04pm
Bigger the numbers of books, researches, articles in this lovely and unique area, better the chances that more teachers and parents get involved and more motivated to carry on outdoor classes and activities with their students and children. So, more children will spend their time in the outdoors, developing themselves in the nature, learning to respect and love the environment. I hope these books (Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action and Snow Secrets) would be available soon.
Comment by John Thielbahr on August 17, 2010 at 12:17pm
Thanks all for these great posts and sharing. Juliet, you are a tech wonder...dare I say a natural tech wonder! The Coombes School is a wonderful project, and if Herb doesn't know about it, I am sure he will soon. I am urging him to get on this site to respond to these great posts.

Rosie, The Willow School also looks wonderful. Shame on us for not visiting it when we were in Princeton. Apparently, it is half way between Princeton and Morristown. Thanks for calling our attention to it again. Please keep the great comments going.

Lynn, we have heard a lot lately about connecting literacy to the natural world. Your book Snow Secrets will help that connection, so please keep us posted on it.
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 17, 2010 at 12:06pm
Over and over again I've had the experience of children who do not necessarily do well in the classroom are excellent observers in nature. So, I've written a fiction children's book for 9-12 year olds about two girls who are different kinds of learners and how they learn from each other. It is called Snow Secrets. It will be out in the fall. If anyone wants to know more I will be glad to give a fuller description.

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