Amy Butler
  • Plainfield, VT
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Summer Courses for teachers who want to TEACH OUTSIDE,...

Hello everyone! I'm curious to know who is providing summer professional development opportunities for teachers, educators, caregivers, etc. on how to teach students and young children outdoors. Here…Continue

Tags: NGSS, nature, immersion, Northeast, core

Started Feb 16, 2015

The Animal Olympics in Vermont

Children at small rural school here in Vermont are celebrating the 2014 Winter Olympics by creating the Animal Olympics in the forest behind their school. Each animal hosts its own event. The Walrus…Continue

Started Feb 18, 2014

Forest Preschool Teacher job opening in Vermont

Forest School Teacher at NBNCJob Description :This is a position for the lead teacher and coordinator for the Forest Preschool and Forest School programs at NBNC. The position is contracted from…Continue

Tags: kindergarten, nature, teaching, Preschool

Started Nov 17, 2013

Forest School Trainings in the U.S.,.......who's doing it?
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Hello Everyone!I am looking to create a network of people who are teaching and mentoring children outdoors with a forest school approach. I am located in Vermont, and I am hoping to connect with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather King Jan 23, 2019.


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Director of Education
North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, Vermont
I am a teacher and a naturalist who has been leading children and young adults outside for over 15 years. I currently direct ECO - Educating Children Outdoors- in public schools and offer trainings for teachers. I also lead a Forest Preschool one day a week at. I love to go tracking in the snow, make medicine from plants, watch birds, and play games in forest, fields, and mudpuddles. I am also skilled in permaculture, primitive skills, and storytelling.
I am looking to connect with other teachers and naturalists who are connecting children and adults to the natural world.
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Embracing Winter, Scandinavian Style! by Mary Zentara at The North Branch Nature Center, Vermont

It is zero degrees out and the snow is falling. As I write this blog, my seven year old daughter is outside standing perfectly still next to the bird feeder hanging from a tree branch. Her hand is outstretched and holding a small pile of black oiled sunflower seeds. The warmth of her bodied is sealed in many layers and a balaclava that is covering her chin, cheeks, and nose. A thick hat sits atop her head and the only part of her body that is uncovered is a narrow band around her…

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:34am

First Week of Forest Preschool at The North Branch Nature Center

I noticed two major signs of fall this week:  the temps were crisp and cool in the morning, and eager 3, 4, and 5 year olds started their first week of Forest Preschool!  Being outside the whole time, the children used their imaginations and took advantage of the forest to have a grand old time.
Our days always start with "Loose Parts Play."  As Forest Preschool teachers, we embrace the adage, "One man's trash is…

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:59pm

Building Our Play Spaces

 The Forest Preschoolers are active, imaginative, and LOVE to build.  They love to create their worlds, and will craft pretty much anything they can get their hands on into elaborate scenes.  Much of our mornings focus around building in some form, and pretty much everyone…

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:57pm

Quiet in the Forest

Quiet in the Forest

It's the beginning of all our ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) programs in surrounding schools and the students have fallen back into our outdoor learning routines beautifully. The crisp fall air, the stunning colors of autumn and…

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:54pm

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At 8:04am on February 16, 2012, Randy Eady said…

At 4:42pm on February 24, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Amy! Hearty welcome to C&NN. I love all the things you do in nature with kids. They sound very exciting and enriching. (I want to go along!) Have you checked out our Natural Teachers Network? I think you'll enjoy the sharing and resources. There are plenty of other places around the network where you can also make yourself at home. I so look forward to your contributions and to learning more about you and what you do.

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