Families in Nature provides Teacher Training in person as part of our Guide Development Program, and now we are moving it online! It is our hope that this will support teachers, parents and guides during COVID-19, while also making our programming, training and support accessible to people in all different locations, as well as to those who cannot take a weekend off to attend training in person.

Nature can be used as a tool for safe and engaging education, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “For every age group from PreK-secondary school, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools ‘Utilize outdoor spaces when possible,’ as a high priority strategy for returning students to schools with physical distancing measures in place.” – Green Schoolyards of America

During this online course, you will learn tips and tricks to confidently and comfortably lead classroom lessons outdoors, including topics like where to stand, how to utilize your space, how to confront the wildlife and weather elements around you, how to manage behavior, and ultimately how much easier it is to teach outside than inside! This training is appropriate for teachers of all levels and all disciplines.

You will leave with not only the inspiration and skills to teach outdoors, but also with access to our Ecologist School Guidebook featuring over 1500 lessons across 16 branches of science including topics like: ornithology, paleontology, and climatology. These lessons are broken into categories including STEAM, outdoor skills, volunteerism, and leadership development. You will also have access to our Gear Library, which contains camping and teaching equipment, that you are invited to borrow once in person programming resumes.

This training is open to all teachers no matter where you are located, and Texas teachers will be able to receive 6 hours of TEA approved Continuing Education credit for participation in this course.

The class will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday night from 7-9pm, Central Time and will require some reading ahead of time. The second 2020 cohort is scheduled for December 1st and 3rd.

You are invited to register for this online course on our website calendar. Full and partial scholarships are available, or you can apply for a grant to cover the expense of this class, as FIN is a 501c3 non-profit.

We look forward to helping you move your classes out into nature!

Register here.