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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: 377
Latest Activity: on Thursday

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

Using the Schoolyard to Focus on Literacy Concepts 3 Replies

   I am very interested in exploring how the schoolgrounds are being used to develop the various skills and content that are included in a literacy curriculum. Too often we concentrate outdoor…Continue

Started by Herb Broda. Last reply by Tonya McLean on Tuesday.

A NEW NATURE MOVEMENT IN PAKISTAN 1 Reply

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. Last reply by Eleanor Walters Jun 19.

Puerto Rico: Sea Turtle Nesting and Immersive Ecology and History

Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers, Students, and Passionate Conservationists!  Sea turtle nesting in Puerto Rico -- a unique and privileged opportunityHi--I am a mother of two young…Continue

Started by Kimberly Marshall McLean Mar 3.

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.

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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

Comment by Michael D. Barton on February 25, 2015 at 9:29am

Children at Nature Play signs are ready to order! Use them to raise awareness in your community about the importance of connecting kids to nature.

http://natureplaysign.com/signs/

Comment by Susie on February 2, 2015 at 4:15am

Hi Dwain!- Thank you- I'm trying to find an existing organization, but that is proving somewhat difficult.  Thank you for the advice- it definitely seems like the easier route. 

Susie

Comment by Dwain Wilson on January 31, 2015 at 11:43am

Susie, If you end up going down the nonprofit route, you should check out CommunityPartners.org.  They're a fiscal sponsor organization with over 140 projects (our group is one).  They're based in Los Angeles, but just learned that they have projects in Brooklyn, so that could be one answer.

Another would be to find an existing organization willing to give your program idea a home.

However, being someone who (16 years ago) did exactly what you're trying to do, please ponder my unsolicited advice and see if there's anyone with whom to partner so you aren't recreating the wheel.

If such doesn't exist in your community... then welcome to the founder's club.

 

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