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Location: Bradford

Training Type: In Person

Total Hours: 15

Cost: $ 60.00

Scholarship: No

Conference: No

Contact Information:

Ellen Moriarty
(802) 353-0919

Spring/Summer Science, Nature Play and Learning PLC Deb Norris

Special Topics:
Sponsor: Four Winds Nature Institute, Inc.
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. 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. 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
  • Healthy Environment & Nutrition
  • Observing & Assessing
  • How We Teach
  • What We Teach
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • School-Age
Session Dates
Session Times
April 24, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
May 15, 2021
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
June 12, 2021
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
June 26, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Additional Information

Please note, the April 24th and June 26th sessions will take place via Zoom, 9:00am-11:00am. The May 15th and June 12th sessions will take place in-person at Elizabeth's Park in Bradford, VT, 9:00am-2:30pm. The in-person sessions will be completely outside, and follow current CDC and VT state COVID guidance. Public restrooms are available. Participants should plan to bring a face covering, their own lunch, and water bottle. Please dress for the weather!