The Nature Program
Monthly volunteer-led hands-on natural science learning for elementary school children.
Nearby Nature from Home
Natural science explorations that students (and families) can do — in the backyard, from the front stoop, in a nearby park or natural area.
Knee High Nature
Helping early childhood educators nurture a child’s sense of wonder, sense of place and sense of self.
Linkages for Environmental Literacy
Year-long, teacher-directed, place-based science education professional development.
In addition to our year-long, multi-session teacher professional development, this year we are also offering a three-hour all-outdoor session for teachers that addresses teaching outdoors under CDC guidance and focuses on using the outdoor spaces at their site as a teaching resource for any subject area. This introduction, then, sets the stage for a teacher-led Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support each other in getting all children outdoors. Four Winds staff will provide up to 2 hours of coaching, relevant readings, and resources for the PLC.
Four Winds staff offer a variety of natural science presentations and workshops for formal and non-formal educators (classroom teachers, home school parents, camp staff, recreation department staff, after school program instructors, preschool teachers, daycare providers, parents, pre-service teachers, etc.) that will bring participants outdoors in their own neighborhood and community to learn about and explore the natural world. The goal of such courses is to teach educators how to use the outdoors as a teaching resource and a teaching space. These workshops include interdisciplinary ways to integrate outdoor learning in the curriculum.
Contact us at (802) 353-9440 to find out more!