Nature-based Early Childhood class and badge

Watch for the next offering of this online introduction to nature-based early childhood education (NbEC) in spring 2022

Group discounts available for teams of three or more members.

Urban nature-based education

This course explores the essential elements of early childhood education and environmental education along with the synergy gained by combining these disciplines into Nature-based Early Childhood (NbEC). Synchronous online instruction will scaffold experiences that demonstrate what makes urban NbEC unique and effective. The modules are designed to accomplish early childhood learning goals, to encourage outdoor exploration, and to inspire curiosity. These help us build future scientists and teachers. The online format gives participants the central knowledge required to create, conduct, and evaluate indoor and outdoor nature-based programs, particularly for children up to 6 years old. Special consideration and emphasis will be given to accomplishing curriculum and experiential goals within densely populated urban spaces and locations with limited access to nature.

Completion of the course also results in the awarding of an Alverno College Badge, from the School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives. Participants can also register to earn three college credits (undergraduate and graduate credits are available).

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The Urban Ecology Center Institute is an effort to share the model developed in Milwaukee. With three distinct branches in Milwaukee, the UEC connects people in cities to nature and each other.