Featuring David Sobel of Antioch New England, this event is part of Maine Audubon’s Speaker Series.
The original kindergarten – the children’s garden–conceived by German educator Friedrich Froebel in the 19th century, was a place where children learned through play, often in nature. That idea is fast eroding. Children aren’t playing in the garden anymore; instead they’re filling in bubbles in worksheets. The new movement of nature-based early childhood education can reverse that trend. There are thousands of forest kindergartens throughout Europe and new programs opening every month in North America. Let’s examine the promise of this healthy approach towards living and learning outdoors with young people.
David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England. He is the author of the newly released Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. He serves as a professional development and place-based education curriculum consultant to schools throughout the country and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental institutions.
Maine Magazine is the media sponsor of the Maine Audubon Speaker Series.
Contact: Beth Pauls - 207-781-2330 ext 273