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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: 425
Latest Activity: Sep 10, 2020

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 https://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

Survey for educators in informal learning environments

Are you a natural teacher in an informal learning environment (nature center, botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, museum, library, etc.)? I am currently a PhD student at the University of Washington. As…Continue

Started by Emily Holm Tobin Apr 3, 2020.

Professional Development Courses In The Field

Ecology Project International is offering 7-9 day field-based professional development courses for educators focused on providing tools and methodologies to bring Next Generation Science Standards…Continue

Started by Caitlin Gill Jan 14, 2020.

Health and Wellness Programs in Nature

I'm hoping to tap into the group's expertise...We are a new wetland park, and we are just starting to create our programs. We want to focus some of our programs on health and wellness activities, and…Continue

Started by Tricia LeBlanc Jul 26, 2019.

CAMPference Teacher Nature Conference & Retreat

CAMPference Teacher Nature Conference is on again August 2nd – 4th 2019 in…Continue

Started by Tania Moloney Jun 19, 2019.

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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.

Comment by Susie on January 31, 2015 at 9:14am

Thanks Karen!!!!

Comment by Karan Barber on January 31, 2015 at 7:17am

Try Guidestar.org and http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits

Also great information for after school programs http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/

Also Check out http://www.naaee.net/ or your state environmental education organization.

GREAT idea & Good luck!

Comment by Susie on January 31, 2015 at 5:26am

Hi there!  I am a teacher in NYC and I am interested in starting an after school program connecting children to nature- basically primitive skills, nature games, sit spot, etc... I am thinking I probably have to start a nonprofit, but I have no idea where to begin- any suggestions?  

 

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