[Resources updated March 28] COVID-19: Events are being canceled. People are physically distancing. Confirmed cases are increasing. These are unprecedented times. Hopefully, this list of resources will help. I will continue to update it as time permits.
The NEXT Institute is an intensive day of inspired learning, collaboration and networking, focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the core principles that drive our work with educators. The NEXT experience provides educators with new knowledge and skills to support development of classroom and school program practice and culture. We focus particularly on taking an experiential, community based approach to our DEI related work.
Specially supported early bird registrations to attend CWI's 2020 Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's acclaimed Summer EAST Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
Date and Time:
Monday, August 10, 2020, 8:30am to Thursday, August 13, 2020, 2:30pm
Special supported early bird registrations are available to attend CWI's 2020 Summer WEST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works address human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. Additional state scholarships of $500 are available to two students from each of the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. All students in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Deadlines are approaching quickly. Visit artandwriting.org/one-earth to find out your local deadline and how to apply.
Learn how nature-based learning in early elementary school gained support from two veteran outdoor educators. Check out the spotlight on Brooklyn Park Nature Preschool’s equity and inclusion efforts. Start preparing for the 2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference. Read about the release of Natural Start’s newest resource, the Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook.
Join us at The NEXT Institute as we dig deep into the modern realities of educating for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that will inform your teaching practice, your relationship to students, and your choice of curriculum and projects. This event is limited to 35 participants and will fill quickly.
Register for the 2019 Natural Start Conference in historic Manchester, NH, July 31-August 3, to connect with an international community of nature-based early learning professionals. This is the nation’s largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, and advocacy in nature-based early learning.
My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project is a new online platform for professional opportunities supported by the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). The core purpose for the MANO Project is to connect, build and develop thoughtful Latino leaders who share a passion for serving and strengthening their communities.
The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) embarked on a Strategic Planning process during the summer of 2018. To ensure they were supporting the needs all of our environmental education communities here in Utah, USEE convened focus groups (called them mini-summits) in 5 distinct regions of the state. The Community Engagement Guidelines for Excellence were the framework upon which the mini-summits were built.
A big thank you to Alex Porpora, USEE Director, for providing this blog post!
Read the Natural Alliance newsletter feature story for tips on how to celebrate the diversity of your families and communities. Learn how the City of Dublin, OH is working to give its youngest residents opportunities to play in nature, explore, and develop empathy and understanding of their animal neighbors. Plan for the next Natural Start Alliance annual conference in New Hampshire. And with the sad news of the passing of Erin Kenny—teacher, student, author, trailblazer, and mentor to so many, read the article Erin wrote for the Natural Start Alliance in 2014. Her memory lives on.
The Community Interpretive Program Manager will balance their time between managing, coordinating, staffing, and facilitating all of CNC’s interpretive programs for both community partners and the public. The ideal candidate has proven experience with program management, naturalist and interpretive program facilitation, and is comfortable working with large and diverse audiences.
A free 5 week online course starting 15 October.
Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.
Learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group and hear from activists around the world. Share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds. Available in English and Spanish.
Enrol now: www.futurelearn.com/courses/environmental-justice
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to join one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation. The Director of Education provides vision and leadership for the education department and effectively manages a team composed of teachers, naturalists and interpreters. A demonstrated commitment to equity and working with a diverse team is essential to this role.
Social and Emotional Learning and Residential Environmental Education: Leaders Needed For Partnership – Apply Today!
With increased national awareness of the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools and communities, NatureBridge seeks to convene an influential group of leaders from residential environmental education programs to collaboratively work through the question of how to most effectively incorporate SEL frameworks, research, and preferred practices into residential Environmental Education programming.
Funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will support this year-long effort (Fall 2018 - Fall 2019), including travel and stipends.
Date and Time:
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 12:00am to Sunday, September 1, 2019, 12:00am
The organization People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and Environment (PGM ONE) will host a summit in Oakland, CA, from May 23-25, 2018, to convene hundreds of leaders of color who are at the forefront of the environmental movement. The three-day event will give professionals the chance to interact, create, and learn in an inclusive environment focused on racial equity in the field.