September 19, 2013
Studies show that children who are regularly exposed to nature have better chances at living healthy and successful lives. Nonprofits and community organizations can play an important role in fostering children’s natural curiosity about trees and the environment. Several national organizations are already facilitating these learning experiences– both inside and outside the classroom. Whether incorporating tree identification into biology classes or examining real pine cones in an outdoor learning space, when we nurture children’s relationships with the natural world, we empower the next generation of environmental stewards.
Judith Blau, Director, Treetures Environmental Education Program (New York, NY)
The Treetures® Program promotes activities held throughout the country that combine environmental education with entertainment for children. By learning the names and jobs of the Treetures® characters, children learn how a tree biologically functions and impacts the health of people, communities and the earth’s ecosystems.
Susan Wirth, Outreach Director, Nature Explore (Nebraska City, NE)
The mission of this research-based Nature Explore initiative is to help children and families develop a profound engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.
Janice Swaisgood, National Coordinator, Nature Clubs for Families, Children and Nature Network (San Diego, CA)
The Children & Nature Network is a leader in the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Infusing science curricula with relevant tree material and activities
* Building outdoor classrooms to engage kids in hands-on environmental learning
* Facilitating fun for the whole family with outside programs
* Using existing environmental education programs to partner with schools and family groups
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 0 Hour