February 2013

NCI Director to Speak at Educators Conference

Geoffrey Bishop, Executive Director of Nature's Classroom Institute, will be speaking at the PMET Conference in Houston, Texas. 

This workshop, titled Lighting a Child's Inborn Sense of Wonder: Mobilizing Your School to Bring Nature Back to Children, will present strategies for reconnecting children to nature. We'll explore activities and curriculum ideas that reengage students with the natural world through art, creative writing, science observation, and alternatives to traditional play concepts, all using available natural space, whether urban or suburban. You'll leave with a revitalized understanding of the importance of nature in fostering students' ability to concentrate and be creative as well as their physical, social, and emotional well-being.

  Find out more information about this event or find a speaking engagement in your area here.

I Can't Live Without You

In this exercise, students will learn about Monarch and Black Swallowtail butterflies, their metamorphosis, the ways that plant diversity influences insect diversity, and the life stages and food sources of butterflies. 

Butterfly Houses

Making a butterfly house that is safe for the butterflies can be both easy and inexpensive. All you need are the following materials:
- 2 yards (6 feet) of bridal netting with a width of at least 36 inches (48 inches is better)
- About 2 feet of ribbon or string
- 2 circles cut from corrugated cardboard, with a diameter of about 14 inches
- An old tree branch
- A small, shallow plastic dish or bowl
- A new plastic pot scrubber (That has never been used with any cleaning soaps or chemicals.)

Get the directions for this easy classroom project.



National Wildlife Week Webinar with Lessons and Activities

National Wildlife Week is right around the corner. What do you have planned for your students? Need a few ideas?

This year, National Wildlife Week (March 18-24) is "Branching Out for Wildlife" - celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people. 

Join the National Wildlife Federation on February 20th at 3 p.m. CT for a webinar and get fun lessons and activities you can do with your students for National Wildlife Week.

Former First  Advocates for Children to Be in Nature

On Jan. 25, when Former First Lady Laura Bush gave the keynote address at a Texas summit on children and nature, she was “moved to tears,” according to the San Antonio Express-News, when she “talked about looking forward to spreading a blanket on the grass and pointing out constellations in the night sky to her grandchild.”
She was in San Antonio that day to help launch the statewide Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan, developed by more than 30 organizations, including a nonprofit she started, Taking Care of Texas. In an op-ed that ran that morning in the San Antonio Express-News, and later in the Austin and Houston papers, she eloquently described the special places in nature of her own childhood. Continue Reading

Richard Louv, Children and Nature Network, 2013

AERA Announces Publication of the International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the publication of the International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education, a volume aimed at educators, researchers, policy makers, and students to help create better understanding of environmental issues. 

Read more here

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Nature's Classroom Institute in Mukwonago is just under an hour and a half from downtown Chicago, between Madison and Milwaukee. The beautiful property is surrounded by such geological and environmental wonders as a living bog and Kettle Moraines. 
The Mukwonago facility has modern accommodations mixed with an exciting learning environment. Housing is available for up to 90 students with comfortable sleeping quarters and ample bathroom facilities. The property is fully handicap accessible. Mukwonago is fully winterized and offers the visiting school teachers their own private room with private bathroom as well as fully contained apartments which are available upon request. Mukwonago has both an indoor and outdoor climbing wall in addition to an extensive high and low ropes course. 

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