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Chippewa Nature Center to Host Nature Preschool Institute June 10-13

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January 15, 2019
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC), located at 400 S Badour Rd in Midland, will host Nature Preschool Institute, an educator workshop, June 10-13 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. The workshop will provide educators with information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum.
Topics will include:
  • Benefits of nature play
  • Real versus perceived outdoor risks
  • Naturalizing outdoor play areas
  • Integrating nature into indoor spaces
  • The real meaning of “dress for the weather”
  • Leading effective excursions
  • Extending learning through studies
  • Seasonal activities to incorporate into the classroom
On Monday, participants will spend the day learning about the benefits of nature-based programming, discussing outdoor risks, learning various seasonal activities, and creating props and materials for implementing these concepts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, participants will observe Nature Preschool students and staff in a typical day of the program. The afternoons will include reflections on the morning session, basic natural history and information to focus the observations for the following day.
The $400 fee includes materials and lunch each day. Pending approval, 24 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available. Participants may register online at www.chippewanaturecenter.org, by phone at 989.631.0830 or in person at CNC. For more information about Nature Preschool Institute, contact Madison Powell at mpowell@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.
For more information about CNC and Nature Preschool, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.
 
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Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) is a non-profit organization in Midland, MI inspiring people to be stewards of the natural world. Enjoy free admission to the Visitor Center, located at 400 S. Badour Rd., open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays, and 19+ miles of trails open dawn-to-dark 365 days a year, including 7+ miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing. Visitors will enjoy the Bur Oak Theater, hands-on Nature Discovery Area and Ecosystem Gallery, River Overlook, Wildlife Viewing Area with one-way glass, Nature Center Store and more. CNC offers Nature Day Camp each summer. CNC is also home to Nature Preschool, helping 3- and 4-year olds develop a life-long connection to the natural world. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org or facebook.com/cncmidland