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Building Connections to Nature with Young Children of All Abilities
Hilltop Children's Center
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
"Building Connections to Nature with Young Children of All Abilities"

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

5:30pm - 7:30pm Pacific Standard Time
8:30pm - 10:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Facilitated by Nemesia Herzstein (she/her) & Kristi Dodds (she/her)

Location: Online! You'll receive a registration link the weekend before the workshop.

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


Historical trauma combined with stereotypical images of an fisherman, hunter, hiker, birder, or environmentalist abound creates unwelcoming places for many people. Even the words we use suggest exclusivity such as outdoorsman and climber.

While there are many reasons why communities of color fails to connect to the outdoors, there are far too many physical, structural, and environmental barriers that make natural areas accessible to those with various mental, physical, and emotional dis/abilities.

This session focuses on how we can structure, adapt, modify, and contribute things to the environment to enhance participation and performance in children with both visible and invisible dis/abilities. Through discussion, activities, the facilitators will support us as we learn and innovate in ways that strengthen our newest and oldest strategies in providing children access to the multiple dimensions of natural areas.

Join us as we imagine a future where the "outdoors is for everyone" truly arrives.

Why I Should Attend:

While the beneficial outcomes of the outdoors and natural areas are well documented, there remains a need to understand how barriers to youth with dis/abilities impact their access, participation and future engagement in natural areas.

This workshop is a call to action for us and our allies to strengthen our strategies by considering the multitude of ways that people connect with nature.

From watering plants to loose materials of seashells around your environment, there are therapeutic nature experiences we can provide to all that supports not only our children's connection with nature, but ours as well.

About the Presenter


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 2020-21 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

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:30 PM - Tuesday May 11, 2021 7:30 PM | Free - $20.00


Hilltop Children's Center

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
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On BPT Since: Nov 20, 2013
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