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Natural History for Early Childhood

  • Antioch University New England 40 Avon Street Keene, NH, 03431 United States (map)

A course in the Nature-based Early Childhood Certificate program at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.  Available as an individual course for audit or credit for interested students not enrolled in the Certificate program.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., September 14-15, 2019
Faculty: Ellen Doris and David Sobel

The best forest kindergarten and nature-based preschool teachers are knowledgeable about young children and local natural history. This course will focus on learning the natural history of northern New England that most directly relates to being outdoors with children. Wildflowers, fungi, bugs and tadpoles are some of the topics considered, along with nature art, tracking, wild edibles, and using children's literature as a vehicle to nature exploration. Seasonal events of autumn will serve as a model for how to discover nature’s surprises at any time of year. We’ll be outside regardless of the weather, and discuss ways to keep children engaged under cold and/or wet conditions.

For registration information: contact Sarah Wilson in the Admissions Office at, 800-552-8380.