In Mud: Nature-Based Early Childhood Education


Get inspired to work with children in our natural environments through watching this recording from the April 2020 In Mud program. Join keynote speaker Colleen Million and faculty from the Teton Science Schools to learn about and hear reflections on gardening with children in the context of nature-based and Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching and learning. 

Colleen Million’s Keynote: Children in our Mother’s Garden ~ Nurturing a child’s sense of belonging in the natural world

It is critically important that we connect children to the garden.  Why, you may ask, the garden?  It is because the garden is a unique intersection between the natural world and the human world.  It is the place where we grow what we eat.  The garden is a living place where elements of the wild complexity that is nature are available at a scale and in a manner that is personal and relatable to the child.  

Colleen Million is a recently retired elementary school principal and school teacher of 21 years.  As a principal she implemented a restorative approach to discipline, school-wide empathy practices and parent education classes on English language acquisition, health, food/nutrition/gardening, empathy, and restorative justice. As an elementary school teacher she was intentional about designing units of study for students in grades Kindergarten-6th grade that focused on developing healthy self-esteem (SEL)Whether students were out on Ellwood Mesa coastal bluffs exploring the natural habitat of the flora and fauna or back at the school site, tending the Monarch butterfly garden, feeding the worms, collecting eggs from their chickens, or harvesting crops in the garden, the ethic of care was intentionally woven into the instructional tapestry. 

Upon registering for this recorded workshop, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to view the recording.  Following viewing the recorded workshop, please complete the evaluation form (linked in the description of the video in Youtube).  Within ~48 hours of completing the evaluation form, you will receive a certificate of completion by email.  

This recorded workshop has been approved for 1.5 hours with WY STARS.  

Price: $10 for access to the recording