Summit workshops vary from those designed primarily for teachers to the family-friendly Hike It Baby program.
Create a Green Schoolyard: Five Rivers MetroParks staff members describe 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 workshops are designed to provide inspiration and support for those who are working to enhance outdoor experiences for children.
“Kids are really good at play when given the opportunity, Horvath said. “They need contact with dirt and sticks and stones, but it’s all about access. You see more and more messages about the importance of getting kids outside but we — as a community — need to make it easy.”
MIAMI VALLEY LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE SUMMIT
What: Teachers, child care professionals and families are invited to discover new ways to connect children with nature
When: March 30, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants have access to the nature center until 5 p.m.
Where: Bruckner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy
Registration: Required and available through the Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives website under the Miami Valley Region at ohiolnci.org.
More: Save the date for the Natural Playscapes Workshop and Keynote on June 13 at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Designer and builder Adam Bienenstock will provide information about the importance of natural playscapes and how to bring them to your community. Registration is open at ohiolnci.org.