The Nature Based Education Consortium and the Maine Summer Camps hosted this statewide forum on How Outdoor Learning Can Support Reopening Public Education. The forum featured sharing information and guidance documents, and gathering feedback from the broader field on the concepts of how outdoor learning could support public education in the Fall in response to the COVID crisis. This interactive event was the start of an ongoing conversation, working together to support schools, teachers, and students in meeting diverse new needs this year.

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Outdoor Learning: A Solution for Schools During COVID 19

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A recording of a panel of experts (outdoor educator, administrators, and a pediatrician) who share the hows and whys around outdoor learning as a response to reopening in this uncertain time.

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August 11-13

1 Plan 3 Falls: A Virtual Conference Connecting Maine Educators to High Quality Professional Development

Community Learning for ME

Educators across Maine are approaching a new year with new challenges due to COVID-19. The Community Learning for ME team has put together a 3-day virtual conference highlighting a wide range of professional development, resources, and supports for Maine educators. We'll kick off each day with a keynote speaker then offer an a la carte selection of high-quality sessions offered by organizations from across Maine.  We've broken sessions down into four categories: Content, Partnerships, Technology, Health and Happiness.

Numerous Outdoor Learning sessions are available. 

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August 13, 20, & 27

Creating Outdoor Learning Opportunities During Covid-19

In Bloom - Antioch University

August 13 - Creating Outdoor Spaces for Nature Play & Learning

This session will introduce you to the research and will discuss ways to create a nature play space or an outdoor classroom quickly and simply as a way to provide the healing connection to nature that children need and the social distancing that will make reopening schools possible in this time of COVID-19.

August 20 - Elementary Curriculum Outdoors

This webinar describes possible routines for a school day outdoors and includes several specific examples of standards-connected lessons that might take place on a schoolyard or in the forest this fall.

August 27 - Risk Management in the Outdoors

In this webinar we will discuss the importance of risky play and how to manage risk in your outdoor classroom. Topics will include: risks vs. hazards, site assessments, benefits of risky play, planning for weather, gear considerations and how to include your students in creating safety protocols for your outdoor space.

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September 25

Leadership Conference

Teens to Trails

Join Teens to Trails in kicking off the school year with a full-day conference for those who lead, want to lead, or are simply curious about High School outing clubs. We are going back to our roots, and offering this program for adults only this year - no students due to travel and physical distancing restrictions related to COVID-19. NEW this year, we are offering content for anyone who wants to learn how use outdoor activities to create community and support the social and emotional well being of students.

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The Nature Based Education Consortium and the Maine Summer Camps hosted this statewide forum on How Outdoor Learning Can Support Reopening Public Education. The forum featured sharing information and guidance documents, and gathering feedback from the broader field on the concepts of how outdoor learning could support public education in the Fall in response to the COVID crisis. This interactive event was the start of an ongoing conversation, working together to support schools, teachers, and students in meeting diverse new needs this year.

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Nathan Broaddus, Manager: Nature-Based Education Consortium

 

Olivia Griset, Executive Director: Maine Environmental Education Association

 

Erica Beck Spencer, Curriculum Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

 

Matt Pines, co-Director: Maine Teen Camp. Board VP: Maine Summer Camps. Ph.D. Student: USM.

 

Patti Bailie, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Maine at Farmington

Jessica Decke, Director: UMaine 4-H Learning Center at Tanglewood

 

Reid Anderson, Logistics and Risk Management Consultant

Laura Newman, Consultant, Learning by Nature for ME & School Ground Greening Coalition

Beth Lambert, Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Maine Department of Education

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