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and it's for this year's Prescott College Nature and Place-Based Early Learning Summer Institute!
I’ve been involved with Prescott College’s Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education Summer Institute for the past three years. I’m presenting again this summer.
The first year I attended as a participant and got heat stroke in large part due to my being climatized to the Pacific Northwest and then plopping down into Prescott, Arizona in June, thinking I’d do just dandy! Other than the heat stroke, it was an awesome immersive experience in which I got to know the world’s most creative and passionate educators I had ever met.
The second year I attended as a mentor/presenter, took it as easy as I could to avoid too much heat, and had another epic week of learning, unlearning, and adventure.
Last year I attended as a mentor/presenter and it was a five-day virtual affair. It was wild and awesome in its own unique way.
And this year, it’s fully virtual and fully asynchronous! Initially I was really sad about the news of moving away from a live institute but what’s wonderful is that the institute is now free to attend and even more accessible than it was before (as long as I have attended they have had sliding scale pricing and have made an incredible effort to reach educators who would greatly connect with the program but may not be well-acquainted with nature- or place-based learning or may not have many resources to support professional development).
What’s also funny is that I’ve signed up to attend this summer’s institute though I’m also co-hosting Moving from the Marrow on Saturday while the institute is, in a way, taking place, too. :-) Welcome to the wild virtual west!
So, I share this in case you would like to learn about nature and place-based learning for children! It’s free! And the content (presentations, virtual field trips and more) will be published on Friday June 4 and then available for the rest of June!
My presentation is entitled How to Be Supported by Nature and Place, While Navigating Transitions and Change!
I am excited to learn more with and from my educator role models, friends and colleagues through their presentations. Each presenter has so much goodness to share.
Even though I recorded my presentation with my laptop in my home alone, I still integrated some juiciness that, at least to me, felt connective and experiential.
It’s sometimes sad when things change. It’s also sometimes freeing and supports even more goodness to be shared.