‘Tis the season ….to take nature-related courses and workshops so those of who work with children will learn more about the world we live in and do a good job of teaching what we have learned to them!
We call your attention to an upcoming workshop at the Welder Wildlife Foundation on Aldo Leopold who is at the top of our list because his ideas of connecting nature with the arts and literature shaped our becoming: a live-in museum for the harmonious convergence of man and nature!
One of our most treasured books at Treetops about Leopold has an inscription to Treetops written by his sister. You can find out more about the Leopold Project from http://welderwildlife.org.
Another long-standing training program is being offered by the Teachers Conservation Institute and includes Project Learning Tree and Project Wild. Information is available at www.texasforestry.org and the all inclusive fee is $150 per person. Treetops has both these curriculum resources for review but printing copies is not allowed.
Other teaching resources available for inspection and study include copies of Texas A&M’s MASTER TREE FARMER; The University Wisconsin- a graduate environmental level course (online); Joseph Cornell’s resources from a Lady Bird Johnson workshop; Montessori Erdkinder resources; Kettering Foundation: Global Education Boyer’s Basic Schools Texas Education Agency (Annual Curriculum Outlines).
Teachers bringing children for 4 to 6 day stays at Treetops are encouraged to review resources and make notes related to their own curriculum outlines.