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1 Outdoor & Environmental Education LINCK and Nature Explore Classrooms

2 October, 2006: Because of demonstrated leadership in nature education and family literacy, Nassau BOCES is invited to attend World Forum on Nature Education for Young Children in Nebraska. The trip is funded by the Rauch Foundation. March 2007: The Nebraska 5 join to rally local environmentalists, early childhood educators, teachers, pediatricians and nursery and tree companies for a LI conference. Summer 2007 through 2008: Various professional development sessions attended by key Nassau BOCES staff. BOCES also provides training to early childhood center staff. February 2008: 2-day training in design principles of Nature Explore Classrooms; attended by 25 local landscape architects. March 12, 2009: No Child Left Inside Conference, Nassau BOCES is represented as workshop presenters, moderators, volunteers, outreach committee.

3 Nature Explore Classrooms offer specifically designed spaces and materials with proven benefits that encourage children to learn through discovery. A collaborative project of:

4 Children often dont realize that theyre gaining important learning skills as they play. Nature Explore Classroom Elements… Children have fun while developing imagination and a sense of wonder which are motivating factors for lifelong learning.

5 Building miniature natural dams changes the course of floating leaves and feathers. The sights, sounds, textures and beauty of nature make a lasting impression on children.

6 The elements and principles of a Nature Explore Classroom are grounded in research… Research has shown that when we have the experience of walking on uneven terrain as a young child… It creates muscle memory that continues to help us even 50 years later!

7 Certified Nature Explore Classrooms on Long Island CA Montessori Childrens Center LI Childrens Museum

8 And many others that are recently completed or are on the Drawing board… Head Start Centers (Southhold, Central Islip, Roosevelt) Port Washingtons Childrens Center Nassau County Museum of Art Garden City Community Church Nursery School* Bailey Arboretum* Eisenhower Park Old Westbury Gardens Middle Country Library* Hillside Farm (Oyster Bay) Tackapausha Preserve Sands Point Preserve Seatuck Environmental Center * Completed

9 Nassau BOCES Nature Explore Classroom will be at… Brookville! March 2009: BOCES is awarded a $10,000 matching grant to develop a Nature Explore Classroom!

10 This is before…..

11 And now? A work in progress!


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