January 2013

Where do Dandelions Fly?

Nature, as it is connected to a child's development, is a fundamental and important aspect of educating the whole child.  In main stream education the natural environment is sidelined and mostly ignored as an inconsequential part of a child's well-being.  This could not be further from the truth.  Study after study has proven that a child's connection to the natural world enhances their ability to focus, concentrate, create and imagine.  This connection has far reaching health benefits including social and emotional well-being, and physical health.

Geoffrey Bishop, Executive Director of Nature's Classroom Institute, will be speaking on the above topic on February 16, 2013, at Seton Montessori Institute, Illinois. 

  Attend this event or find a speaking engagement in your area here.

Fire Wars: Where Growth Meets Growth

Grades: 6-12

"When I grow up, I want to be...a fire marshal!" In this fun activity, students will learn some of the issues that surround wildland fires in areas where uncontrolled urban growth meets uncontrolled vegetative growth. Students will take on the role of fire marshal for a house that requires a safety evaluation. 


Fire Works: How Forest Fires Work

In the past, the U.S. Forest Service and Park Service were quick to extinguish any fire that was started (whether it be natural or man-made).  Now, however, people interested in forest management are beginning to better understand the importance of fire.  Strange as it may seem, forest fires may actually provide some benefits to forests.

This curriculum will teach students the 3 properties of fire, the importance of fire in difference ecosystems, and more! 

Environmental Education in Action Webinars

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE) hosts webinars for the Environmental Education (EE) community as part of a new initiative called Environmental Education in Action (EE in Action). These webinars will showcase environmental education programs and resources, including grant projects funded by EPA.
Past webinars include:
-          Community Based Env. Education
-          The Great Outdoors as a Classroom
-          What in the world triggers asthma?
To see the most recent webinar go here.

Green Philanthropy

7 Green Philanthropists making a difference, $1 Million dollars at a time. Here are 7 foundations that have turned there success in business into large efforts to help their local and national environment.
1. Gordon & Betty Moore – They give $183 Million per year

2. Doug & Kris Tompkins – They have given over $275 Million total over the past 30 years

3. Ted Turner – To date has given over $1.5 Billion and owns over 2 Million acres of protected land.
To see other environmental Philanthropists and their donations click here.

Classroom Without Walls

Outdoor education is an old concept that some say needs to a grand revival in the age of laptops, PlayStations and rising child obesity. A growing stack of books and studies suggests lack of outside time could be contributing to a host of problems in children, ranging from obesity to attention deficit disorder to Vitamin D insufficiency.
To read the full article on Classrooms without walls, go here.

Cleveland, New York

Located in upstate New York, Nature's Classroom Institute in Cleveland is nestled in the Adirondack Mountains and close to many New York cities including Syracuse, Rochester, and Utica.
Nature's Classroom Institute in Cleveland's natural setting provides participants the ideal combination of beauty and charm.  Here on our 850 wooded acres, nature, people and environment, are in tune with one another. Memorable moments, our modern facility, and a multitude of activities make Nature's Classroom in Cleveland far more than the usual retreat experience.  Once a guest in Cleveland, you will want to make this special place your second home!

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