Growing Up WILD is an 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 and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
This workshop for formal and non-formal educators, led by a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission educator, will focus on early childhood environmental education. The workshop will take place indoors and out at the Cradle of Forestry in America historical site.
Friday July 26 from 10am to 4pm.
The Cradle of Forestry in America’s Forest Discovery Center. The Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site is located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, on US Highway 276, 6 miles north of Looking Glass Falls and 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our physical address is 11250 Pisgah Hwy. Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Participants are eligible to receive 6 hours of Criteria I credit toward their N.C. Environmental Education Certification. This workshop will be hosted in the Perkins Room of the Forest Discovery Center and is free of charge. You will need to provide your own lunch or purchase lunch from the Cafe at the Cradle, open 11am to 3pm.
Pre-Registration is Required.
Register by emailing Stephanie Bradley, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Activity Guide:
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:
- Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
- Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide.
- Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” extensions.
- Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
- Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
- Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.