MEXICO, 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 Mexico.
This Discover Nature Schools workshop will focus on the Nature Revealed curriculum designed for early childhood educators. The course will take place 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Medico-Audrain Library, 305 West Jackson St. in Mexico.
"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 at the workshop for free, along with additional resources to support the curriculum.
“Students will learn important lessons including how to recognize poison ivy and to leave a place cleaner than they found it,” said Moore. “The book also has fun activities like puzzles that illustrate the connection between plant and animal products, animal tracks, and the different types of energy. These lessons focus on observing and respecting nature, which can help Missouri students become conservationists for life.”
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. This course is MOPD- approved, and attendees will receive ChildCare Aware Clock hours for their time in the workshop.
Space is limited for this workshop and teachers must preregister by signing in to MDC’s teacher portal here: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/teacher-portal.
For questions or more information, visit mdc.mo.gov or contact the Hannibal MDC office at 573-258-3530.