MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools workshops for preschool teachers in northeast Missouri

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Northeast
Mar 07, 2016

HANNIBAL, Mo. –The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites preschool teachers interested in improving conservation education in their classrooms and home-schools to attend an upcoming free training class in any of three northeast Missouri locations this spring:

Clark County
Sever Library in Kahoka
5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29
Register by March 28

Monroe County
Paris Library in Paris
5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31
Register by March 30 

Ralls County
Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake near Perry
*9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 24
Register by May 23
* Bring a sack lunch

"The Nature Revealed workshop is a fun, exciting way for early childhood educators to gain professional development clock hours.  Educators will take home the Nature Revealed teacher guide and tons of ideas to engage young minds,” said MDC Conservation Education Consultant Kathi Moore.

The Nature Revealed Workshop is part of MDC's Discover Nature Schools program that helps prepare educators to teach hands-on courses for their grades. Teacher guides are provided for free, along with additional resources to support the curriculum.

"Preschool students are naturally curious,” Moore said. “Nature Revealed will help teachers take students outside in every season with safe, hands-on and fun activities that will engage a preschooler’s curiosity about nature.”

MDC's Discover Nature Schools program provides no-cost curriculum materials to teachers and schools in the state of Missouri. Curriculum materials are available for preschool through twelfth grade and are aligned with Missouri state standards in order to help teachers and students meet required learning expectations. Approximately 98% of school districts and 40% of schools in the state participate in the program.

Nature Revealed is a curriculum guide filled with activities for preschool-aged children.  The teacher’s guide is based on the Project Construct framework, and will be provided at the workshop.  These courses are MOPD approved, and attendees will receive ChildCare Aware Clock hours for their time the workshop. 

The workshop is limited to 15 preschool educators.  For questions or to register for the workshop, contact Kathi Moore at Kathi.Moore@mdc.mo.gov or 573-248-2530.

For more information about MDC's Discover Nature Schools program, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/9019%20

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