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No Walls, No Problem! Taking Learning Outside
Hilltop Children's Center
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
No Walls, No Problem! Taking Learning Outside
Thursday, July 9th, 2020
5:00pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time, 8:00pm - 9:30pm Eastern Standard Time
This session will be recorded and available afterwards!

Facilitated by Rachel Franz

Location: Online! After you register, you'll receive a zoom link.

Target Audience:
Child Care Center
Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)
Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver
Family Resource Coordinators
P-3 Educators
Interested Professionals


Nature is a crucial element in a preschoolers learning experience, but there are many barriers to truly getting children outdoors.

This session explores those barriers to access--including gear, equipment, fear/anxiety, socio-cultural context--and seeks to reframe them into manageable challenges that can be overcome.

Participants will see examples from an innovative all-outdoor preschool in Seattle, WA and be challenged to get out of their comfort zone and create a plan to spend a whole day outside.

Participants will walk away from this session with the beginning of a personalized Action Plan for how they can advocate for increased outdoor time for their preschoolers to families, administrators, and co-workers.

Why I Should Attend:

As the nature preschool movement blossoms the world over, many traditional preschools and childcare centers are also embracing the benefits of nature-based early childhood education.

If youre a traditional preschool educator looking to incorporate more nature into your days, youre not alone! If youre in a traditional classroom setting but itching to make meaningful connections with nature, you're also not alone! Teachers who understand the keen differences between teacher-directed learning and true emergent, child-led approaches are better equipped to facilitate meaningful connections in nature.

This workshop will provides ways to infuse nature-based learning into any developmentally appropriate curriculum.

About the Presenter

Rachel J. Franz (she/her) is the former Director of Education and founding Lead Teacher at Tiny Trees Preschool, an all-outdoor preschool in Seattle-area public parks. She currently is an Early Childhood Consultant for Twig & Thread Consulting. She holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College and is focused on helping families navigate media and consumerism in positive, healthy ways. Rachel is a certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has presented on topics ranging from incorporating nature into early childhood settings to the influence of picture books on childrens consumerism. Rachel is also a board member on WAEYC - Washington Association for the Education of Young Children.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

The 2019-20 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to the Hearing, Speech, Deaf Center whose generous support made this series possible:

The Speech, Hearing, Deaf Center

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

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Thursday Jul 09, 2020 5:00 PM - Thursday Jul 09, 2020 6:30 PM | $15.00


Hilltop Children's Center (View)
4 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Conventions
Education > Workshops

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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Hilltop Children's Center

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