Building STEAM: Early Connections to Nature & Science

Early connections to nature and support for the scientist, techie, engineer, artist and mathmetician in every child

 

Nature Explore

Nature Explore

Nature Explore workshops are an exciting opportunity for early childhood professionals who wish to transform their preschool or child care play spaces into fun, joyful areas to explore nature.

Educator workshops include:
  • Using Your Outdoor Classroom
  • Learning with Nature
  • Documenting Children’s Learning with Nature
  • We Dig Dirt
  • Wonder-filled Beginnings
  • Moving to Learn
  • The Importance of Visual-Spatial Learning
  • Music and Nature
  • The Arts and Nature
  • Nature Inspired Indoor Environments
  • Choosing Effective Indoor and Outdoor Material

Credit: 3 hours of professional development credit approved by Department of Human Services for each workshop.

ISU Extension and Outreach partners with Nature Explore to offer this program. Nature Explore is a collaborative project of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Visit Nature Explore to learn more about Nature Explore Family Resources and Certified Classrooms.

Ready to Learn?
Find and register for workshops on the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry. Click on Search Trainings and type in Nature Explore in the title search box. If you don't see a workshop scheduled in your area, or if registration is already full, please contact Kristi Cooper, (319) 560-6048.

 

Growing Up WildGrowing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program for professionals teaching and caring for young children, ages 3-7. ISU Extension and Outreach partners with Iowa Department of Natural Resources and local county conservation programs to offer this program.

The 4-hour training program teaches early childhood professionals how to build and nurture children’s sense of wonder about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors!

Participants receive a Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Activity Guide featuring:

  • 27 nature-based themes— new and exciting activities every week!
  • Crafts, art, music, movement, math, reading activities, and “take me outside” events
  • Snack ideas, take-home family activities, materials list, and suggested resources
  • Social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains
  • Correlations to NAEYC, Iowa Learning Standards & Head Start Domains

Credit: 4 hours of professional development credit is approved by Department of Human Services for each workshop.

Ready to Learn?
Find and register for workshops on the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry. Click on Search Trainings and type in Reconnecting in the title search box. If you don't see a workshop scheduled in your area or if registration is already full, please contact Malisa Rader, (515) 708-0622 or Karmin Klingenberg, (641) 747-2200.

Growing Up WILD is an award winning national program of the Council for Environment Education, a non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website.

 

Eco-Healthy Child Care® ONLINEEco-Healthy Child Care

Child care providers working for healthier children and a happier earth!

Eco-Healthy Child Care® is a national program that ensures child care settings are as happy, healthy, safe and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxics. Early childhood professionals can make small changes that have a BIG IMPACT on the health of young children.

ISU Extension & Outreach offers a fun ONLINE workshop series with great resources!

  • Eco-Healthy Child Care® - Indoor (session 1)
    A closer look at your indoor environment related to toxins including furniture & carpets, household chemicals, air quality, radon, and asbestos.
  • Eco-Healthy Child Care® - Outdoor (session 2)
    A closer look at your outdoor environment related to toxins including pesticides, treated playground equipment, recycling and garbage
  • Eco-Healthy Child Care® - Materials (session 3)
    A closer look at the materials used in your program related to toxins including plastics, art, lead and mercury.

Credit: 4.5 hours of professional development credit is approved by Department of Human Services for the online workshop series.

Ready to Learn?
Visit our Early Learning Online Training/humansciences/el-online website to find upcoming classes. For more information about ISU Eco-Healthy Child Care® classes, contact Malisa Rader, (515) 708-0622.
 

Classes

Other Nature & Science Classes
 
Feb. 25,  2015
8:00-9:30 PM
Instructors: Malisa RaderLori Hayungs
Target Audience: All
Delivery: Live ONLINE
Grown-ups—including teachers—tend to underestimate preschoolers' capacity to learn scientific principles as well as the length of time they'll spend exploring such ideas. However, there are no greater natural scientists and engineers than young children -- they are inquisitive and naturally learn as they play. Building on children’s early STEAM competencies through intentional use of materials and questions promotes higher-level thinking and can make a difference for vulnerable children. Let’s support every child to be a Scientist, Techie, Engineer, Artist and Mathematician!

 

Mar. 18, 2015
7:30-9:00 PM
Instructor: Sandra McKinnon
Delivery: Live Online
This session will emphasize children's need for physical activity, explore nature's benefits for children, and highlight free resources plus additional learning opportunities to enhance outdoor experiences for adults and young children.

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