Hands-on learning for elementary school children.
The Nature Program All Out
This year we will be leading an all outdoors version of our school-based, volunteer-driven Four Winds Nature Program. This includes: an initial session to introduce volunteers to strategies for outdoor exploration within CDC guidance, our modified volunteer training workshops – now presented all outside, teaching materials, and password access to online resources including Nearby Nature from Home for at-home extensions of in-person lessons.
The Nature Program offers monthly natural science workshops in communities in Vermont and neighboring states for adult volunteers eager to share nearby nature with school children. Each workshop includes natural science information, a variety of hands-on learning activities, plus plenty of joy and wonder. 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, teachers, school administrators, and the community at large. This year volunteers will work in teams of two or more to meet classrooms of children outside each month to look, discover, and learn.
It is the dedication of volunteers – their time and energy – that makes these programs happen. The role of coordinators and volunteers will be a bit different this year as we take the Nature Program all outside and extend the learning at home. Happily, we’re still be able to share the excitement of nature discovery with children and come together as a community of learners.