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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: 410
Latest Activity: Oct 28

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.

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Workshop: Nurturing Our Children, Ourselves, and Nature

Dear All,    We are launching a new program supporting adult teachers and facilitators of nature and learning experiences. We begin with a workshop on October 7, 2017 in White Plains, NY:Nurturing…Continue

Started by LoraKim Joyner Jul 26.

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.

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Comment by Sue Mitchell on February 28, 2010 at 8:44am
I love this idea! We do a lot of things like this for reading, so everyone is familiar with the general concept. Anyone have ideas for a "fantastic prize"?
Comment by Carmen Field on February 27, 2010 at 10:16pm
IditaNature

Here's an activity teachers, parents, club and scout leaders...anyone who spends time with children...can try this next month to encourage nature play - IditaNature. Challenge your kids to spend 1,150 minutes (ie. the same number of minutes - or more - as the miles travelled by Iditarod mushers during the Iditarod Great Sled Race) outdoors between March 6 and March 20, while the Iditarod is underway. Kids can log their daily minutes spent outdoors in a booklet similar to summer reading program logbooks (or use a modified version of the page attached here - which our local Head Start students will be using). This log would then be approved and signed by teachers, parents, club leaders, and/or caregivers. Those youth who spend at least 1,150 minutes (just 1 to 1.5 hours each day) in nature win a fantastic prize - chosen by you! The fun begins March 6th!

IditaNature chart.docx
 

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