Events & Programs: Place

  • April
  • Growing Up WILD & Children’s Literature Educator Workshop
    • Saturday Apr 2, 2016 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    • Gilsland Farm
    • Members: $26 - Non-members: $30

    This multipart 5-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators. Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. 

    Copy of CAM00225Children’s Literature Connection:  This part of the workshop will focus on using books with corresponding activities that will prepare you to engage in the scientific process with young children. Spring is a great time to explore the life cycles and food chains immediately around us. Specifics include how and what to plant to attract native insects, birds, and other wildlife to your chosen site, in addition to what kinds of ongoing activities can sustain this discovery and development.

    Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

    Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:

    • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full color 11″x17″ activity guide written for children ages 3-7.
    • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign
    • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
    • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate
    • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

    Scholarships to help defray the cost of the workshop are available.  Please contact Beth Pauls, at 207-781-2330 ext 273 for more information or  e-mail her at