It’s hard to believe today is the official first day of spring. See, where I live, we have a fresh foot of snow on the ground, and it seems that spring is no where in sight.
But then I feel the stronger sun (when it is out!) on my face, see how it is light later into the evening, and I hear the birds chattering a bit more. I know it will eventually come.
And it is the perfect time to think about outdoor learning. As a parent and a teacher, I know outdoor learning experiences are important for our kids, but actually doing it on a regular basis can sometimes be daunting.
So, I hope you will join us for our first ever Google+ Hangout on this topic. I’ll be the host. I’m in my 14th year of teaching, I’ve been an environmental educator, and in 2010 I wrote a book called Change the World with Service Learning that is all about how teachers can get outside and lead hands-on activities with students.
I’ll be joined by some wonderul place based, environmental educator experts. Dana Hudson is the Northeast Regional Co-Lead for National Farm to School Network. She has worked extensively connecting farms and schools and is an expert on food and farming based learning experiences. Dana is also the mom of two young children, ages 2 and 5.
We’ll also be joined by John Fisher of Life Labs. He is the Outreach Director of Life Lab located on the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Farm. Since 1996 John has worked exclusively in farm- and garden-based education programs teaching pre-school through high school students and provided professional development opportunities for thousands of educators. John has a new book out called The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids.
We want to hear from you. What are your questions about outdoor and place based learning experiences? As a parent, or teacher, we want to hear from you. We’ll try to answer your questions live during the hangout.
Yes, it will be LIVE. So please join us live on March 28th, at 4:30 EST. Here’s the event information. You can leave a comment there or here. This hangout is part of the Google+ series, Spring into Education. Please follow me on Google+ for updates as well. Thanks and I hope you can join us!
image: by Christaface on Flickr under CC