MDC invites preschool teachers to Discover Nature Schools workshop in Kirksville Oct. 27

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KIRKSVILLE Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites preschool teachers and early childhood educators interested in improving conservation education in their classrooms and home-schools to attend an upcoming free training class in Kirksville.

This Discover Nature Schools workshop will focus on the Nature Revealed curriculum designed for early childhood educators. The course will take place 9 a.m. – noon on Oct. 27 at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville.

The Nature Revealed Workshop will help 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.

“The Discover Nature Schools program includes engaging and hands-on outdoor learning, featuring Missouri’s flora, fauna, and ecosystems,” said MDC Conservation Education Consultant Karen Armstrong. “This workshop for Nature Revealed helps you share nature with young preschool children, make discovery fun, and stimulate children’s natural sense of wonder.”

Nature Revealed curriculum provides a diverse collection of learning experiences that help young students discover the relationship between nature and everyday living.

“During the training, participants will explore and experience activities found in the teacher guide book,” said Armstrong. “The thematic lesson plans arranged by season will help support your efforts to match classroom nature study with the state goals and standards for early learning. 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 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 can receive ChildCare Aware Clock hours for their time in the workshop. 

Space is limited to 18 participants for this workshop and attendees must preregister by contacting Karen Armstrong at (660) 785-2420, or