Connect children and families with nature by attending the annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit.
Teachers, childcare professionals and families are invited to discover new ways to connect children with nature during the 8th annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit, held on Saturday, March 30, at Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road in Troy.
The summit will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, networking opportunities and a community expo. Morning workshops and award recognitions begin at 8:30 a.m., starting with the presentation of the OUTstanding Teacher Awards and the Connect to Nature Site Awards.
Presented by Five Rivers MetroParks, the OUTstanding Teacher Awards honor three educators who connect children to the outdoors by incorporating the natural world into their curriculum. The Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Collaborative also will recognize different schools, parks and more with Connect to Nature Site Awards. These facilities are taking steps to enabling children to use their “Ohio Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.”
Following the award presentations, participants will continue with a specific workshop of their choice attend a workshop of their choice. Workshop choices include:
CREATE A GREEN SCHOOLYARD: Five Rivers MetroParks teaches participants how to establish a successful green schoolyard program, which includes incorporating curriculum into the garden. Attendees are asked to bring a basic sketch of their school grounds to the workshop. (Adults)
GROWING UP WILD: Learn how to explore nature with early learners with easy-to-use activities. Program based on the award-winning, nationally-recognized Growing Up WILD curriculum. (Adults; Step Up To Quality credits offered)
HIKE IT BABY: Take a stroll with the Hike It Baby group and learn how to involve children in your hiking activities. Experience wild animal ambassadors and tips for parents and hike leaders for creating a successful outing for families.
RESILIENCY THROUGH EXPOSURE TO NATURE: Explore the benefits of including nature in student activities, and make plans to incorporate more outdoor education into your day. (Adults; Step Up To Quality credits offered)
The afternoon will include an expo featuring nature-focused opportunities. Scheduled activities will end at 1:30 p.m.
“You can find so many teachable moments when surrounded by nature,” said Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside board member and Five Rivers MetroParks education coordinator Doug Horvath. “This enrichment opportunity empowers those invested in childhood development with the tools they need to facilitate important experiences in the natural world.”
Attendees are also welcome to save the date for the Natural Playscapes Workshop and Keynote on Thursday, June 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Join internationally known designer and builder, Adam Bienenstock, as he provides information about the importance of natural playscapes and how to bring them to your community.
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