Nature inspires Riverbend Children House Teachers
What better way to spend Earth-Day weekend than at this year’s In-Bloom Nature Conference sponsored by Antioch University!
Riverbend teachers: Emily Wasser, Dawn Gunn, Heather Vinci, Shannon Farrington, Janey Fryer, and Shawnnee Miranda attended this conference in Kittery, ME where they heard from experts in the field of nature-based play. Anne Stires, the founder of The Juniper Hill School in Maine and Susan Dreyer-Leon, Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England and director of the Mindfulness for Educators and Educating for Sustainability M.Ed Concentrations at Antioch both spoke in great detail on their experiences and practices for nature-based play.
Workshops included everything from foraging for edibles with children, teaching whittling skills, constructing kindergarten forest Friday routines in the forest and nature-play for toddlers. Teachers walked away with new understandings and a framework for developing routines around nature-based play and programming.
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“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”