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Reconnecting Children with Nature: Growing Up WILD Early Childhood Training

Location: Fontana Interpretive Nature Center 1883 125th Street, Hazelton

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2014
Registration Fee: $10

Training sponsored and delivered by: DNR, ISU Extension, Child Care Resource & Referral, & Early Childhood Iowa

For complete workshop information and registration information, visit the Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry— Click on Search Trainings, then search "Reconnecting" in the Title.


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.

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