Building STEAM: Early Connections to Nature & Science

Early connections to nature and support for the scientist, techie, engineer, artist and mathematician 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
  • We Dig Dirt
  • Wonder-filled Beginnings
  • The Importance of Visual-Spatial Learning
  • Moving to Learn
  • Music and Nature
  • Choosing Effective Indoor and Outdoor Materials
  • The Arts and Nature
  • Developing Observation Skills
  • Heart-Centered Teaching

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.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 3, 2019
 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Moving to Learn
Instructor: Malisa Rader
Target Audience: All

Early childhood professionals will learn to transform their preschool or child care play spaces into special areas to explore nature. Workshop topics include music and nature, the arts and nature, developing observation skills, and more. Each workshop approved by Department of Human Services for three hours professional development credit.

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.

 

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.

Upcoming Events

March 28, 2020  |  
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Instructor: Malisa Rader & Beth Waage
Target Audience: All

Early childhood professionals will learn how to build and nurture children’s sense of wonder about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors. Approved by Department of Human Services for four hours professional development credit.

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 and 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.

Upcoming Events

January 8, 15, 22, 2020
 | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Instructor: Malisa Rader, Cindy Thompson, Joy Rouse, Sandra McKinnon, Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: All

Early childhood professionals will learn how to be as healthy, safe, and green as possible by reducing exposure to toxins the early childhood learning environment. Approved by Department of Human Services for 4.5 hours of professional development credit.
Register online

Ready to Learn?  For more information about ISU Eco-Healthy Child Care® classes, contact Malisa Rader, (515) 708-0622.

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