Educators, both traditional and non-traditional, as well as after-school coordinators play an especially important role in the movement to reconnect children with nature. Here are some resources that may help you in your work:
SCHOOL PROGRAM FINDER
The Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati School Program Finder is a one-stop shop for finding nature-based and environmental education programs in our region. Free and easy to use, it includes a description of school and after-school programs, as well as field trips and camps. It also allows you to search for programs by topic, grade level and cost. If you provide programming to schools and wish to submit a program for inclusion in our database, click here to add a program.
Many of the organizations in our collaborative offer design services, training and other assistance to schools and child care centers who would like to have gardens and natural playscapes. If your school or child care center is interested in such a space but you are not sure where to start, please contact us and we will be happy to connect you with people who may be able to help and who will keep you informed of upcoming classes and training sessions.
Did you know that the Children & Nature Network has a Natural Teachers Network where you can find valuable tools, resources and activities, as well as connect with others in your profession who have shared interests? Join the Natural Teachers Network Natural Teachers Network today – it’s free!
Research continues to emerge about the crucial role that nature plays in a child’s life. To learn about research specific to education and the educational settings, visit the Children & Nature Network for compendium of annotated research summaries that you will find both interesting and helpful.
GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS
- You Can Get Your Students Outside – and Still Meet Your State Standards: Michelle Aldenderfer-Griffen gives easy-to-do, low- or no-cost tips that anyone can do in her practical blog.
- 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin N to Your Classroom and Beyond: Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle, suggests ways in which teachers can help connect their students with nature. One of his suggestions is training for teachers who may feel inadequately trained to give students an outdoor experience. We can coordinate teacher training for schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Please contact us for more information.
- Where Nature Meets Story has a reading list for children of all ages with coordinating, outdoor activities.