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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

Growing up WILD Workshop

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Date: March 9, 2012

Winter Harbor,ME - Explore the wonders of nature at Acadia National Park through the eyes of a child. Join other educators on Saturday, April 14, 2012 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) near Winter Harbor for a four hour workshop that incorporates nature learning into classrooms and childcare settings. This is especially appropriate for pre-school through grade two teachers, day care providers, Head Start teachers, and parents who home school. Be ready to have fun while trying out developmentally appropriate strategies to connect young children to nature.

Through music, crafts, language, and movement, the Growing Up WILD early childhood education program is designed to use with children ages 3-7. The $25 workshop fee covers the cost of the 128 page Growing Up WILD activity guide which includes step-by-step instructions, copy me pages, healthy snack ideas, connections to art, math, science, and the national early childhood standards, and many more resources.

Participants will build upon young children's inborn love of wildlife as they explore the outdoors. The workshop leader is Joanne Alex, education director of Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town. Ms. Alex has taught at Montessori schools for over 30 years, has presented numerous workshops and conferences at the local, state and national levels, is an author and university instructor, and was named the Maine Teacher of the Year in 1998.

An optional tour of the newly renovated SERC campus is available following the workshop. Snacks will be provided by Friends of Acadia. The registration deadline is April 6. To register, call Cynthia Ocel at 288-8812 or email cynthia_ocel@nps.gov.

Growing Up WILD is part of the popular national Project WILD programs developed by the Council for Environmental Education and is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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