Nature Education for Young Children: Workshops
A number of organizations will be offering nature education workshops and training opportunities.
Green Hearts presents workshops about landscape design for nature play and can create custom nature related documents upon request.
M.O.R.E. Nature (Metro Omaha Resources for Exploring Nature) is a collaborative initiative to bring more outdoor, nature-based play to the children of the Greater Omaha area. This group hosts workshops to help parents and children become more comfortable with natural play. A monthly calendar on this group's Web site lists a variety of of nature experiences and opportunities.
Nature Explore™ regularly offers training sessions on age-appropriate methods for reconnecting young children with nature. A schedule of workshops can be found at arborday.org/explore/workshops/schedule.cfm
The White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group in Kansas City is a multi-disciplinary consulting, design, and family-and-child-oriented organization that focuses on recreational and learning facilities of all types. This organization will provide training and consultation for child care centers, preschools, Head Start and Early Head Start centers to create natural playgrounds and play gardens.
For further information on nature education, contact Mary Beth Pistillo, training coordinator at the Early Childhood Training Center.