Nature Education Certification Course
Founder and Director of Hand-In-Hand Nature Education
Zoom Virtual Classroom
(Zoom Meeting Details will be provided upon registration)
Wednesdays, August 12, August 19 and September 2, 2020
9am – 12pm
(Includes Approximately 30 Additional Hours of Homework Assignments)
This course is thought provoking, engaging…and a whole lot of fun!
- Explore why nature connection is important.
- Look at how teaching in nature can inspire children to be engaged and enthusiastic learners.
- Learn songs, stories and games that can be incorporated into any program.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued after participating in this 40 hours course study which includes the following schedule:
- Foundational Application Series: Wednesday, August 12, 9am to 12pm (3 hour Zoom Virtual Classroom Session)
Foundational Application, History, Philosophy & Benefits of Nature Education Programs, How to Start/Implement a Nature Education Program, Requirements for a Successful Nature Education Program, Program Supplies, Gear & Resources
- Risky Play, Site Assessment & Risk Management: Wednesday, August 19, 9am to 12pm (3 hour Zoom Virtual Classroom Session)
Benefits of and Dangers of Avoiding Risky Play, 6 categories of Risky Play, The RISK Triangle, Risks vs. Hazards, Requirement for Successful Risky Play, Procedures for Effective Site Assessment
- Policies, Procedure & Safety and Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution Series: Wednesday, September 2, 9am to 12pm (3 hour Zoom Virtual Classroom Session)
Discussing topics of Policies & Procedures (Sandwich Walking, dogs off leash, weather, wildlife, First Aid, etc.) & Safety and Implementation of Building Fires & Using Tools (knives, bow saws, etc.), Positive, Productive and Effective Communication Techniques when working with Children, Methods for dealing with Conflict Resolution, Team Building Activities and Group Cooperative Games, Processing and Reflection Circles.
Instructed By: Jarrett Krentzel
After spending 6-months hiking the 3,500km Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, I learned something that no book could teach me….nature is our ultimate teacher, and we are nature’s ultimate students! From that moment on, I realized that I had a passion for teaching youth outdoors, and my journey as an environmental educator began. That was 20-years ago, and since then I have taught environmental education from K-12 in British Columbia, Yukon, New York, Oregon and California, co-founded Cascadian Crusaders, a registered non-profit society located in the Comox Valley aimed to educate youth about plastic in the ocean, co-authored and published an environmental superhero children’s book called The Great Plastic Round-up, sat as former Vice President for the Comox Valley Naturalists Society, co-led NatureKids BC, co-founded the Outdoor Early Years Association of BC, sit as Committee Member for BC Nature’s Education Committee, Cumberland’s Ecology of the Forest Committee, Comox Valley Nature Educators and Physical Literacy for Communities and is the Founder and Director of Hand-In-Hand Nature Education.
Course Fee: $500