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Growing Up Wild - Connecting Young Children to Nature

  • Oct 24, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

Learn how to connect young children to nature through a set of engaging, hands-on activities. Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2) standards, Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards.

Come join us for an evening Growing Up WILD workshop at the Maryland Naturalist Center. Throughout the workshop, participants will participate in several Growing Up WILD activities while learning how to connect young children to nature. Each activity encompasses early literacy, early math, early science, and art education projects designed to teach about wildlife and conservation. This workshop is for teachers, non-formal educators, parents, volunteers, and other adults interested in learning how to teach about the natural environment to children aged 3-7. At the conclusion of the workshop, all participants will receive a Growing Up WILD guide.

Participants must be 18 or older, or contact Kerry to describe your current work with children: (410) 260-8566.

Fee: $10 (which will support the Maryland Naturalist Center building)

The leader, Kerry Wixted, is an experienced nature educator employed as Natural Resources Biologist for the Wildlife and Heritage Service of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.

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