Growing Up WILD and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

growing up1Experience hands-on, interactive lessons that teach young children (ages 3-7) about the natural world around them. Join us for this fun and educational day and learn how to implement these activities into your own classroom, camp, or educational program. Participants will receive TWO nationally acclaimed curriculum guides, Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Workshop activities will take place both indoors and outdoors, if weather permits.

growing up2Growing Up WILD is a curriculum for exploring nature with children ages 3–7. This program builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Participants will receive a full-color activity guide that includes age-appropriate crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.

growing up5Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood is designed especially for educators and adults working with children ages 3-6. Activities highlight the importance of kinetic learning and differentiated instruction, including opportunities to incorporate music and movement. All activities meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children criteria for curriculum, the North American Association for Environmental Education's Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence, and the Head Start's Child Outcomes Framework. Participants receive Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide along with a music CD at the conclusion of the workshop.

Misty Bowie

Education Coordinator, Texas Forestry Association

Misty Bowie is the Education Coordinator for the Texas Forestry Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Forestry. Misty was a forester for 15 years, heavily involved in outreach and education as a Project Learning Tree and Project WILD facilitator. She currently coordinates the Texas Forestry Association’s professional development programs for educators, including the Teacher Conservation Institute, and serves at the Texas Project Learning Tree Co-Coordinator.