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Nature-Based Teacher Certification (online course)

  • Monday, June 24, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • 8:30 PM
  • Online!


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We are thrilled to offer our Nature-Based Teacher Certification as an online option! You will gain a deeper understanding of nature pedagogy and practices as you earn this introductory credential. To date, we have certified more than one thousand teachers from all 50 states and 24 countries, each gaining strategies and tools for unique nature-based settings. Now it's your turn!

Our 36-hour course provides in-depth study of best practices in nature-based early childhood education to prepare you for meaningful outdoor learning experiences. We draw from experienced educators with diverse perspectives to help you hone your own approaches to nature-based ECE. Whether you are in a formal school or childcare setting or working in a nature or forest preschool, this course is designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators working in any setting. 

Mondays:  Facilitated discussions on key topics
Cohort meetings and/or Guest Presenters
Thursdays: Select Guest Presenters on July 11 and July 18

Course meets live from 11-12:30 p.m. (PST)/ 1-2:30 p.m. (CST)/ 2-3:30 p.m. (EST) on Mondays and Wednesdays with additional time built in for on-demand content, and two Thursday sessions. There is a total of 6 consecutive weeks of online sessions with presenters and within small cohorts (Note two special Thursday sessions above).  Additional clock hours include a variety of presenters and one-on-one Mentor Meetings. Flexible, self-directed learning will take place centered on outdoor skills and experiences, which you must provide documentation of.  Upon registration, we will provide you with a complete list of materials needed for the course.

We are delighted to share this course with our international friends and those who cannot travel for training at this time. Please take a look at this FAQ page and feel free to email with questions!

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