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Creating a Nature Play Space: Big or Small
Workshop for parents and educators
Friday, April 19, 8:30am - 3pm
The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio
Cost: $30, preregistration is required
Would you like to expose the young children in your life to more nature play? Join us as we explore the nuts and bolts of how to accomplish this in your space. Ken Finch, president of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, will share the whys and hows for successful nature play. Hear from local early childhood organizations that have taken the first step in incorporating nature play at their sites. Challenges, features, costs and support that are needed for success will be covered. First-hand experiences in Holden’s own Buckeye Bud’s Discovery Area will be included. This workshop is meant for anyone with the desire to start or add to their outdoor nature play space.
Professional Development at Holden is supported by a generous grant from the late Dr. Thomas W. Mastin, former member of Holden’s Board of Directors and retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Lubrizol Corporation. Mastin was passionate about science education in Northeastern Ohio for students and teachers.
Intensive professional development institutes are targeted at increasing content knowledge in the natural sciences. These free courses are largely conducted outdoors where teachers interact first hand with the subject matter. Participants will have the opportunity to receive graduate credit along with a significant amount of classroom materials. Applications will be available in February 2013. Dates and topics are listed below.
Rhododendrons are amazing plants. They have stunning blossoms and year round beauty. They can be tall or short. They can be a tree or grow on one. They live in the arctic, Indonesia and everywhere in-between. There are over 1000 species in this one family. They are a great example of how a living organism adapts, spreads, grows and reproduces. Learn about these plants in our newly expanded Rhododendron Garden and how to utilize them to teach many of the science standards in grades 2-8. Learn more.
The Holden Arboretum has been delivering professional development to teachers in early childhood through high school classrooms for over 30 years. We specialize in teaching content about the natural world in cooperation with hands-on, engaging activities. If you do not see what you are looking for we can design something to fit your needs. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.