Outdoor Education: Self-Correcting Lifecycles

Teaching animal and plant lifecycles can be a very fun and exciting topic for children. Bringing nature inside, I used bare nesting dolls that I painted different stages of lifecycles for a science center. These nesting dolls provide the opportunity for children to experience lifecycles in a self-correcting way. I painted the…

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Outdoor Education: Mushrooms for Tots

Recently I ran a hike for early childhood children of 6 months to 3 years of age that was focused around mushrooms. Our forests this fall have been sprouting with all sorts of wonderful mushrooms and I knew I had to take advantage of it. The tricky part with mushrooms…

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Outdoor Education: Fossils

Fossils are an interesting and fun topic to teach children. The Next Generation Science standards have 3rd graders analyzing and interpreting data from fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived a long time ago (3-LS4-1). As part of my job I…

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