Four Winds Nature Institute | The Nature Program

The Nature Program

The Nature Program:  Hands-on Learning for Elementary Schoolchildren

Adults and children learning together and exploring nearby natural places is what Four Winds's Nature Program is all about. It is the dedication of volunteers - their time and energy - that makes this happen.

The Nature Program offers monthly two-hour natural science workshops in your community for adults interested in sharing their love of nature with school children. Each training session includes informational presentations and indoor and outdoor activities. With over 40 lessons, we divide our program into five year-long courses of study, each focusing on a different key science standard.

Each school has two Volunteer Coordinators who act as the liaison between the education staff at Four Winds and the volunteers, the school teachers and administrators, and the community at large. Volunteers work in teams of two or more to bring children outside each month to look, discover, and learn.

List of Nature Program's units 

The Nature Program flier

Getting Started

Information for Volunteers

Information for Schools

Opening the Door to Discovery in Nature

Structure and Function

Patterns of Similarities

Cycles in Nature

Ecosystems

Earth & the Environment

This Month's Workshops