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Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens: What’s Going on Out There?

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Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens: What’s Going on Out There?

Time: May 16, 2012 from 9am to 4pm
Location: Antioch University New England
Street: 40 Avon Street
City/Town: Keene, NH
Website or Map: http://www.antiochne.edu/acsr…
Phone: 603.283.2302
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Laura Thomas
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2012

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What? 
What would happen if the young child went forth some part of every day, forth into the nearby natural world, into the woods and meadows, along paths and streams, in rain or shine, tromping though mud and snow. Would it make a difference in her learning, her health, her happiness? YES! say teachers of nature pre-schools and forest kindergartens. After flourishing in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, throughout Europe and even cropping up in Asia, nature pre-schools and forest kindergartens are taking root throughout New England. Come hear what’s happening out there. 

Who? 
All early childhood and early elementary parents, teachers, outdoor educators and administrators with an interest in connecting children to the natural world on a regular basis are invited. 

Why?
One parent at a forest kindergarten in Maine recently said, “ “I’m in tears most days. It is really amazing stuff.” Amazing stuff is going on in nature pre-schools and forest kindergartens across northern New England and New York. And research from European schools suggests that children who are spending a chunk of each day outdoors in school programs have increased motor development, better language development and get sick less often. Research in place-based elementary schools in the United States indicates increased academic achievement for students. How can we make these opportunities available for more children?

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