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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 Geoffrey McMullan on January 19, 2015 at 4:31am

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


Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:55pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link: http://teespring.com/natureplaysign

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Louise E Edsall on January 6, 2015 at 7:27pm

Hi I am an environmental educator that has taken my hobby and passion for honeybees to work with Sweet Virginia Foundation to bring the world of the honeybees into the classrooms of our kids. We also offer a real beekeeper experience at our flower farm and honeybee sanctuary for the kids. We teach them all about the honeybee biology, hive dynamics, pollination role, honeybee conservation and planting bee-friendly gardens.  It is wonderful to be among so many like-minded teachers.

Comment by Lia Grippo on November 30, 2014 at 3:06pm

Dear friends,

After 23 years in the field and 16 years tending a forest kindergarten, allow me to present the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training. With a combined 60+ years of experience, Kelly Villarruell, Erin Boheme, and I offer in-depth and experiential training in nature connection, woodland skills, and the art of mentoring in the context of early childhood development. Check it out. Offer feedback. Spread the word.

In gratitude,

Lia Grippo

Founder/ Lead TeacherWild Roots Forest School

Comment by Gerhardus John van der Merwe on October 29, 2014 at 5:29pm

Nice to meet you. John here. I started a children's club as an educational tool to help kids reconnect with their natural roots here in southern Japan. (CUBS children's club). I teach a variety of things to kids in the club, but nature is the best teacher by far and is the main focus of our studies. As far as I know this is the first children's club in this prefecture (Oita) and most probably the only one in the southern part of Japan! The club's structure is based on the natural hierarchy of wolves. Children enter the club as omega wolves and work their way up to alpha. (Junior members must learn to respect the older members. At the same time the senior members must realize their responsibility in leading the younger ones.) In Japan kids are suppressed by a dead educational system that severly stunts their physical and mental growth. I am implementing a variety of activities and studies in the children's club to help kids overcome some of the problems they face each day. I know I can keep in touch with people here who want the best for their children's future.

Comment by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 7:43pm

Hi all,

Excited to be here and connect. I already see so many amazing projects and people! My thing is creating resources for teachers and homeschooling parents to get their kids learning in and about nature. You can check out my site at http://tinypeasant.com/ 

Comment by Victoria Fortune on August 15, 2014 at 5:45pm

Hello fellow educators! I'm interested in finding collaborators/partners for e-book projects, or less specifically, anyone in need of illustrations or graphics specific to interpretation, nature, biology, or botany. I wish to connect here specifically because of my particular interests and experience in nature and outdoor education.

I have a certificate in Scientific Illustration from UCSC Extension and prior to that, a background in Environmental Studies and Natural History. I've been trained in ECE and Elementary Education (methodology, curriculum and developmental psychology).  

I'm a skilled fine artist with ability in a range of media, my favorites being watercolor and oil pastel. Portfolio samples and more about me can be found here. I also have experience creating vector illustrations, charts and maps. 

Please contact me if you have any interest or other suggestions. 

Thank you!


Comment by Dave Room on July 18, 2014 at 8:03am

Please check out my post Party in Nature with Your Students

Comment by Lia Grippo on June 30, 2013 at 11:36pm

Hi Stephanie,

Yes, this conference is open to anyone and everyone.  I'd love to see your workbook.  Please let me know if I can help you in any way to make it to the conference.


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on June 30, 2013 at 10:55pm

This looks great Lia. Is it open to anyone - we have our Natur-inspired, play-based learning Teacher's Workbook. I'd love to share it with you. I will check this out and see if I can come down to the conference.


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