In this workshop, early childhood educators will learn key methods to confidently facilitate experiences in nature with (groups of) young children (0-6yrs). Educators will further develop their own connection to nature. This hands-on worshop will allow educators to experience, discuss, and learn more about nature related teaching tools such as:
- Sit spots - how to get yourself and others to sit quietly in nature for periods of time
- Tracking wildlife and using questioning as a tool to facilitate curiosity
- Program design for success in the outdoors
- Use of risky tools such as carving knives and fires
- Navigating inclement weather
Andrew McMartin, Executive Director of The P.I.N.E Project
Andrew believes that dirt under fingernails and rain in a child’s hair are essential components to growing up healthy, resilient, and connected to the place we call home, the local natural environment. He is passionate about education, having spent the better part of the last 20+ years working with children in the outdoors. He’s a certified teacher in Ontario and has taught and traveled around the world as an outdoor educator and adventure guide. Andrew founded the p.i.n.e. project in 2008, and brings 20 years of teaching experience in the outdoors, and 15+ years of nature based mentoring and community building work with affiliate and parent organizations across North America.