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Location: Bradford

Training Type: In Person

Total Hours: 15

Cost: $ 60

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Ellen Moriarty
(802) 353-0919

Science, Nature Play, and Learning PLC Sylvia Kennedy-Godin

Special Topics:
Sponsor: Four Winds Nature Institute
Instructor: Ellen Moriarty

Children develop curiosity, wonder, a sense of place, and an appreciation for the earth when they play in nature and with nature. In their nature-based play, children encounter natural phenomena, ask meaningful questions, work collaboratively, solve problems, communicate, and practice science and engineering skills Join this professional learning community to venture outside, learn about nature-based play and learning, and investigate best practices in developing rich outdoor learning opportunities for young children. This Science, Nature-play and Learning PLC will support early childhood professionals as leaders, leverage local resources and community connections, and foster changes in teaching practice. During each session, we will explore, play, and learn in a variety of natural settings and take notice of the seasonal cycles of winter and spring. Topics will emerge from the interests and needs of the group, and previous sessions have included: outdoor spaces, adult role, facilitating science learning, effective language and group management, benefits and risks, and establishing outdoor routines.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Family & Community Partnerships
  • Safety & Wellness
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • School-Age
Session Dates
Session Times
February 29, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
March 28, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
April 25, 2020
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Additional Information

Each PLC meeting will include: a light and nutritious meal, extended time outdoors (please dress appropriately for the weather!), suggested resources to enhance discussions, commitments of change in practice related to nature-based play and learning and reflection and support for changes in practice resulting in richer outdoor learning opportunities for students. Graduate credit available for an additional fee. *For more info see: https://fwnidot.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/science-nature-play-and-learning-plc-bradford_2020.pdf