This seasonal series is packed with practical approaches to help teachers take learning outside. Join experienced practitioners during this inspiring (and useful!) virtual series. Classes will meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm EST, dates include December 6th, January 10th, and February 7th. *Please note, the class meets on the second Tuesday in January to account for the New Year. Read on for detailed descriptions of each session. A professional development certificate will be awarded at the conclusion of the series.
Tuesday, December 6th from 6:30-8 PM (EST)
Creating Engaging Outdoor Play Spaces
Presented by Jacey Norton, Framingham Centre Nursery School
Creating engaging play spaces outside is an ongoing endeavor that changes over time and seasons. With some "thinking outside the box" ideas, teachers can build a place that provides children with opportunities to explore and learn. Follow the presenter's year long exploration in embracing outdoor spaces with children.
Tuesday, January 10th from 6:30-8 PM (EST)
Out in the Cold: Gear, Fire, and Safety in Winter Part I
Presented by Wren Anjali, One Fire
Safety outdoors is a concern year round, but it becomes a unique consideration for those living in cold climates. In Part I of this exploration of the cold, Wren will share tips and strategies for staying safe in the winter. From appropriate gear, to weather and hazard conditions, you'll leave this session prepared for the cold weather ahead.
Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30-8 PM (EST)
Out in the Cold: Gear, Fire, and Safety in Winter Part II
Presented by Wren Anjali, One Fire
After diving into safety and gear, this session will focus on a winter time favorite - fire! This session will look at important considerations for hosting a fire as part of your early learning program, and how you can prepare students and yourself to be safe. But, once the fire is going, what do you do? We'll wrap up our time with some stories, songs, and other ways to enjoy the fire together.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course is ideal for anyone who facilitates nature-based education and outdoor learning, which may include: teachers and administrators in preschool, childcare, or elementary school settings; naturalists, environmental educators, or outdoor educators; wilderness survival enthusiasts; and parents.
MEET YOUR PRESENTERS
Jacey Norton, Framingham Centre Nursery School
Jacey is the director of Framingham Centre Nursery School in Framingham, MA. She first got involved with the school in 2000 when her son attended, starting teaching in 2005 and moved into the director's position in 2010. Over time the program has evolved into a nature-based program by utilizing 5 acres of woodland behind the building. Jacey works with the state's ECE governing body to create a fully licensed outdoor program.
Wren Anjali, ERAFANS Online Facilitator
Wren Anjali (they/them) is a nature connection mentor and leader, devoted to supporting human/nature relationships through offering youth and adult programs, Ancestral Earth Skills workshops, and instructor/staff development opportunities. With a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology and emphasis on Child Development, Wren has held numerous teaching and administrative roles in educational organizations throughout their career. Wren has a knack for recognizing and acknowledging the unique gifts of others, and a passion for engaging people in community activities and outdoor fun.
*If you are unable to make a session, don't worry! We will record each session to share with all registered individuals.