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2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit
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Class Description: 
For PreK-Grade 2 educators and parents. To what extent can everyday access to nature transform the lives of St. Louis’ youngest citizens? During this 3-day experience, early childhood educators from across the St. Louis region will have the opportunity to network and share ideas related to the critically important topic of nature in the lives of young children, families, and communities. Designed for district leaders, classroom educators, and parents, the summit will feature keynote speakers, case study presentations, a field trip to Shaw Nature Reserve, inspiring stories/voices from across the U.S. and world, and facilitated planning and discussion time.  Throughout the summit, participants will create a customized 4-season plan, packed with tested activities, curriculum connections, book lists, and other resources relevant to their own school/community needs.  The 2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit is convened by Missouri Botanical Garden in collaboration with local school districts, universities, and other community organizations.  A light breakfast and lunch each day is included in the fee.  Price is per group; teams of two to five individuals per school and/or district are encouraged to attend. Graduate credit is available. A registration fee of $150 covers a school/district team of between 2 to 5 people for both days of the summit.  Only one (1) lead registrant per team is required to register on behalf of a team.
Registration ends Thursday, June 26th  at 4:00 PM.
Class Details: 
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Everyday access to nature is critical to young children's health, well being, and capacity to learn. 
Missouri Botanical Garden Staff Educators: Sheila Voss- Vice President of Education, Jennifer Hartley- Supervisor of School Programs,  Tonya Brown- Early Childhood Specialists, and Lydia Toth- Senior Manager of Shaw Nature Reserve
Class Price
$150.00/ team (a team can range from 2-5 people)

Class Dates: 

  2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit Day 1: Meet at 4500 Shaw Blvd at the Monsanto 1st Floor Lecture Hall
 Monday, 06/30/14 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM Bayer Center 1st Floor Lobby
  Early Childhood Summit Meets at the Dana Brown Center at Shaw Nature Reserve
 Tuesday, 07/01/14 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM Dana Brown Overnight Center
  2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit Day 3 Morning: Meet at 4344 Shaw Blvd at the Beaumont Room in the Ridgeway Visitors Center
 Wednesday, 07/02/14 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Beaumont Room
  2014 Early Childhood Nature Summit Day 3 Afternoon: Meet at 4500 Shaw Blvd at the Monsanto 1st Floor Lecture Hall for afternoon activities
 Wednesday, 07/02/14 11:30 AM - 04:00 PM Bayer Center 1st Floor Lobby

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