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Early childhood educators & nature educators

Bring nature to your classroom… while creating an inclusive, culturally centered environment

Unearthing Joy partners with early childhood educators and environmental educators looking to introduce new nature-based curriculum and programming, transition existing programming, or learn more about a culturally centered approach to learning for kids.

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The first step is easy

Simply peruse and select from the workshops below. Each one will help you take existing nature-based programming to the next level or help develop new programming from the ground up.

Workshops on nature education

Multicultural Tools & Strategies in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual 

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHAT:

Operating nature-based programs centered on diverse cultural perspectives can be challenging but necessary to transform our early childhood spaces into inclusive places.

Join us for an overview of multicultural strategies and tools that create culturally centered curricula and programs. First, we’ll share a multicultural curriculum approach to help you evaluate your programming. Then, we’ll review tools such as multicultural literature, family stories, and the creative arts.

This free, inspiring session will end with coaching strategies to support teachers in implementation and reflection along their journey.

 

WHEN:

2 – 3:30 PM Eastern on April 11, 2024

 

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Using Multicultural Literature in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual or in person

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHAT:

Often there is some hesitancy or fear of saying or doing the “wrong” thing when creating culturally centered programs or curriculum. One of the tools that offers a more accessible entry into creating culturally centered programs is multicultural literature. Learn more during this workshop!

 

WHEN:

During scheduled group sessions with your own organization. We also occasionally repeat this workshop for educators at large; sign up below and we’ll let you know the next time it opens! 

 

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Using Multicultural Literature in Nature Education, Part 2

WHERE:

Online (virtual)

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHAT:

You’ll explore what multicultural literature is and discover a sampling of quality multicultural books that are focused on the environment, along with activities that compliment these books and promote summer fun & literacy. A certificate will be offered for CEUs.

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 6 PM Central / 7 PM Eastern (1 hour)

 

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Using Family & Land Cultural Stories in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual or in person

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHAT:

Discover what family and land stories are, how to create them for a program, and how to connect them with activities

 

WHEN:

This workshop is past, but for those who missed it, will be online through mid March 2024

 

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Using Community Culture Bearers in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual or in person

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHAT:

Culture Bearers practice intergenerational lifeways and living, evolving cultural art practices that educate, exchange, and share in order to preserve ancestral knowledge. In this work, Culture Bearers hold a direct throughline from ancestors and teachers and center sharing their practice with youth

In this workshop, you’ll explore what community culture bearers are, how you can document their knowledge, and how you can honor their knowledge and skills in your program. A CEU certificate will be provided to all who complete the workshop

 

WHEN:

During scheduled group sessions with your own organization or as an online workshop for educators at large

 

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COMING SOON : Using Cultural Arts in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual or in person

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHEN:

During scheduled group sessions with your own organization. We also occasionally repeat this workshop for educators at large; sign up below and we’ll let you know the next time it opens! 

 

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COMING SOON :

Using Technology to Promote Community Culture in Nature Education

WHERE:

Virtual or in person

 

WHO:

Early childhood educators, nature & environmental educators, coaches, and program administrators 

 

WHEN:

During scheduled group sessions with your own organization. We also occasionally repeat this workshop for educators at large; sign up below and we’ll let you know the next time it opens! 

 

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“I loved that the content was relevant and appropriate for children. I also feel that Ashley is a very knowledgeable presenter. Anyone can present content, but her facilitation skills are great. Very informative, and I could tell she loves what she does.”

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Your session last night was something I have been looking for over the past few years. Our early learning center has a large garden and we are very interested in the stories and knowledge our families have. You gave some concrete strategies that we will begin to explore this spring.”

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“The workshop was informative, delightful, inspiring, interactive, and fun! I loved the ideas about how to apply books to activities.”

Thank you for the inspiration and steps forward!”

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We help early childhood educators and nature educators develop culturally-centered, nature-based programming for the children and families they serve.

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