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Overcoming the Challenges of Integrating Nature into the Early Childhood Classroom

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Overcoming the Challenges of Integrating Nature into the Early Childhood Classroom

Presented by Rachel A. Larimore, Owner, Samara Early Learning

Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company



The recording will be posted on this page after the live session. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.
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It seems everywhere you turn lately there is mention of getting kids outside in nature. This was true before the pandemic, but now even more so. The reality is there are many benefits to nature-based learning for children’s whole development—not just their physical well-being. There are also benefits for teachers! But for many, implementing a nature-based approach is easier said than done. There are many real and perceived challenges when implementing a nature-based early childhood education. Sometimes, for example, there are questions about when is too hot or cold to go outside. Sometimes children don’t arrive with appropriate clothing. And sometimes parents don’t understand why the children are “just playing in the woods.” There are solutions for overcoming these challenges and the effort is well worth it!

This edWebinar will help early childhood educators identify the principles fundamental to a nature-based approach and the benefits of such an approach. Then, using a continuum of nature-based early childhood education as the overarching framework, Rachel A. Larimore will address the unique challenges of integrating nature into the preschool classroom. She’ll discuss challenges and possible solutions related to:

  • Adhering to licensing regulations while implementing a nature-based approach
  • Adjusting program structure to integrate more outdoor time
  • Preparing the physical environment (inside and outside)
  • Making more intentional connections between outdoor and indoor learning
  • Supporting families when integrating more nature-based activities into the curriculum

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the preK through elementary levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Rachel A. LarimoreAbout the Presenter

Rachel A. Larimore is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author of three books including Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool and Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning. Her work focuses on the intentional integration of nature into early childhood education for young children’s whole development. She is the chief visionary of Samara Early Learning, a company focused on helping early childhood educators implement high-quality nature-based approaches. Prior to establishing Samara Early Learning, Rachel founded one of the nation’s earliest nature-based preschools at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI. Rachel is also a doctoral candidate in Michigan State University’s Department of Teacher Education.


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