Growing Little Learners: Using Nature in Your Practice to Support All Children

ID number
The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning

2626 S Clearbrook Dr
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
United States

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

We can look to nature for an ideal example of the beauty and benefits of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, research tells us that a connection with nature promotes health, development, and well-being and is especially important for young children and even more-so for children with disabilities. However, outdoor time is often the first to go when we get bogged down by other classroom responsibilities. This workshop is designed to reconnect you with your roots of nature appreciation and plant the seeds of ideas of how to get outdoors, connect with nature, overcome common challenges, and gain a better understanding of the benefits nature has for children with and without disabilities.

Learner objectives

1. Review current research to the benefits of nature play and outdoor education for children with and without disabilities.

2. Make plans of nature-based activities to bring to the classroom incorporating areas of development and learning.

3. Discuss common challenges and ways to overcome these barriers with colleagues.

Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Family Educator, Family Member, Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher Assistant
Contact hours
State Performance Plan Indicator Alignment
SPPI 7 - Early Childhood Outcomes
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Learning Environments (Creating and Maintaining), Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments