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Reconnecting Children with Nature – Growing Up WILD

This workshop leads you out the door and provides hands on activities and resource materials to help you lead your own nature explorations. Growing Up WILD activities use age appropriate practices and concepts to build on children’s sense of wonder and invites them to explore nature and the world around them. Specially written for children 3-7, activities include sections to address many learning areas: math, science, language, literacy, health living, play, and creativity.

This workshop has been approved for 4 clock hours of DHS continuing education credit.

The Growing Up WILD activity guide was a culmination of work by natural resource agencies, early childhood professionals, and educators. Activities have been correlated to national standards for early childhood education – NAEYC Criteria for Curriculum, Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the NAAEE Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. Additional correlations have been drafted to Iowa Early Childhood program and curriculum standards – Quality Preschool Program Standards, Iowa Early Learning Standards, and the Iowa Core Curriculum.

Upcoming Workshops
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center (10260 Morris Hills Road, Toddville, IA 52341)
Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry— Click on Search Trainings, then search Growing Up WILD.
Registration Deadline: April 25, 2014
Registration Fee: $30 - your enrollment will be complete when payment is received: mail to HACAP - Paces to Quality, PO Box 490, Hiawatha, IA 52233

Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. 
Hitchhock Nature Center (27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542)
Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry— Click on Search Trainings, then search Reconnecting in the Title.
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2014
Registration Fee: $15 - your enrollment will be complete when payment is received: mail to West Pottawatamie County Extension, 1705 McPherson Ave. Suite 200, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. 
Anderson Conservation Area (2059 190th St., Red Oak, IA 51566)
Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry— Click on Search Trainings, then search Reconnecting in the Title.
Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014
Registration Fee: $30 - your enrollment will be complete when payment is received: mail to Montgomery County Extension, 400 Bridge St. Suite 2, Red Oak, IA 51566; a limited number of $10 scholarships are available



Outdoor Explorations for Early Learners
This Inquiry Based Outdoor Exploration workshop is designed to help early childhood professionals lead children in age-appropriate, interdisciplinary outdoor experiences. You will be introduced to strategies, skills, and resources (including Growing Up WILD and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood) to build upon children's sense of wonder about the world around them through relevant, inquiry-based exploration.

Growing Up WILD activities, specially written for children age 3-7, include sections to address many learning areas: math, science, language, literacy, health living, play, and creativity.

Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood encourages children to explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways.

Both activity guides were a culmination of work by natural resources agencies, early childhood professionals, and educators. Activities have been correlated to national standards for early childhood education. Additional correlations have been drafted to Iowa Early Childhood program and curriculum standards.

This workshop has been approved for 15 clock hours of DHS continuing education credit and 1 teacher licensure recertification credit or 1 graduate credit (Drake University).

Email the Growing Up WILD coordinator to receive email notification of upcoming training opportunities.

Upcoming Workshops
June 24 & 25, 2014
8:00 AM-5:15 p.m. (6/24/2014)
8:00 AM-3:30 p.m. (6/25/2014)
Benton County Conservation Nature Center, (5718 20th Ave Dr., Vinton, IA 52349)
Registration: Grant Wood AEA
Registration Deadline: June 6, 2014
Registration Fee: $185 (materials and 1 license renewal credit)



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