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Educator and Family Toolkits

[vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="13133"][vc_empty_space][eltd_button size="" type="" hover_type="" target="_self" icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="arrow_carrot-left_alt2" font_weight="" text="Back to the EAK" custom_class="button2" border_color="#00a98e" hover_border_color="#8ad5c4" font_size="18" padding="8px" link="/workinggroups/nature/environmental-action-kit/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Activities, Experiences and Resources for Use with Children [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]By culling the suggested materials for themes, topics, and activities and relying heavily on multi-sensory teaching strategies field-tested by Dimensions Foundation, these two Toolkits were created over the course of 2009-2010. These materials were then reviewed by selected professionals in each of the key areas, and produced in English, with activities translated in Arabic and Spanish.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Educator Toolkits Educator Toolkit- ENGLISH (PDF) Educator Toolkit- SPANISH (PDF) Educator Toolkit- ARABIC (PDF)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Family Toolkits Family Toolkit- ENGLISH (PDF) Family Toolkit- SPANISH (PDF) Family Toolkit- ARABIC (PDF)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Toolkit Bibliography for Educators ArvindGuptaToys.com This web site has photos of toys made from trash. It also has lists of web sites in several languages that encourage creative repurposing of everyday household items. Andy Goldsworthy Look at some of the works of British sculptor and environmentalist, Andy Goldsworthy, for inspiration from his Digital Catalogue. Arbor Day Foundation The Arbor Day Foundation website has information on the wind-related conservation benefits of planting trees for homeowners and farmers. Conifer trees can serve as a windbreak to protect homes from winds and conserve energy. Audubon Society Audubon Society provides scientific information and guidance...

EAK Resources

[vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="13133"][vc_empty_space][eltd_button size="" type="" hover_type="" target="_self" icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="arrow_carrot-left_alt2" font_weight="" text="Back to the EAK" custom_class="button2" border_color="#00a98e" hover_border_color="#8ad5c4" font_size="18" padding="8px" link="/workinggroups/nature/environmental-action-kit/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] These resources for connecting the World’s children with nature have been recommended and reviewed by the Nature Action Collaborative for Children. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Position Statements Universal Principles: Nature Action Collaborative for Children Call to Action: Re-Connecting the World’s Children to Nature[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Web Sites Aldo Leopold Foundation The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary, critical thinking, conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold. The LEP Project teaches the public about humanity’s ties to the natural environment in the effort to conserve and protect the earth’s natural resources. Alliance for a Healthier Generation The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the United States’ leading public health threats—childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities. Search “outdoors” for especially relevant...

Activities, Experiences and Resources for Use with Children

[vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][eltd_button size="medium" type="" hover_type="" target="_self" icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="arrow_carrot-left_alt2" font_weight="" text="Back to the Kit" custom_class="button2" border_color="#00a98e" hover_border_color="#8ad5c4" font_size="22" padding="12px" link="/workinggroups/nature/environmental-action-kit/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Toolkits By culling the suggested materials for themes, topics, and activities and relying heavily on multi-sensory teaching strategies field-tested by Dimensions Foundation, these two Toolkits were created over the course of 2009-2010. These materials were then reviewed by selected professionals in each of the key areas, and produced in English, with activities translated in Arabic and Spanish.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Educator Toolkits Educator Toolkit- ENGLISH (PDF) Educator Toolkit- SPANISH (PDF) Educator Toolkit- ARABIC (PDF)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Family Toolkits Family Toolkit- ENGLISH (PDF) Family Toolkit- SPANISH (PDF) Family Toolkit- ARABIC (PDF)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]An Eco-Friendly Guide for Early Child Programs was added to this section, to attempt to make sense of the mountains of information on how to help a program “go green.” It offers simple, common sense steps for getting started on this effort, and also provides guidance for those designing or re-designing a new child care center facility. Eco-Friendly Guide[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Toolkit Bibliography for Educators ArvindGuptaToys.com This web site has photos of toys made from trash. It also has lists of web sites in several languages that encourage creative repurposing of everyday household items. Andy Goldsworthy Look at some of the works of British sculptor and environmentalist,...

Research

[vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="13133"][vc_empty_space][eltd_button size="" type="" hover_type="" target="_self" icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="arrow_carrot-left_alt2" font_weight="" text="Back to the EAK" custom_class="button2" border_color="#00a98e" hover_border_color="#8ad5c4" font_size="18" padding="8px" link="/workinggroups/nature/environmental-action-kit/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] These recommended research briefs have been grouped into four categories to make finding what you need as easy as possible. Adverse Effects of Disconnection from Nature Cognitive Benefits of Connecting with Nature Mental Health Benefits of Connecting with Nature Physical Health Benefits of Connecting with Nature [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is only a sampling of the growing body of research on the problem of children’s disconnection from the natural world, and the benefits of increased connection. Our goal is to provide easy access to key research that can be used in advocacy presentations or to share with colleagues. To find more comprehensive listings of research, see the recommended summaries at the nd of this section. Adverse Effects of Disconnection from Nature Fears about nature are growing: Cohen and D. Horm-Wingerd contend that children’s unfounded fears and misconceptions about the natural environment develop when they have very little actual contact with living things and obtain most of their attitudes through the electronic media.Cohen, S. & Horm-Wingerd, D. (1993). Children and the environment: Ecological awareness among preschool children. Environment and Behavior, 25 (1), 103-120.S. David Sobel...

Environmental Action Kit

[vc_row row_scroll_icon="no" content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id="working-groups" el_class="side-nav" el_id="sidemenu"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_raw_html]JTNDaHIlMjAlMkYlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Developed by the Nature Action Collaborative for Children Leadership Team, a World Forum Foundation Working Group. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text] This Action Kit has been made possible through the support of many committed organizations and funders, all working in partnership with the World Forum Foundation. We hope the information found here will strengthen world-wide efforts at helping the next generation grow up in a “greener” world. We know that finding ways to inspire children’s love for the earth today will help them become tomorrow’s generation of caring environmental stewards. Be sure to read the story of the Environmental Action Kit’s creation and the Universal Principles for Connecting the World’s Children With Nature. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text]Toolkits for Early Childhood Programs and Families Activities, Experiences and Resources for Use with Children Multi-disciplinary Collaborations Universal Principles [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][eltd_button size="" type="" hover_type="" target="_self" icon_pack="font_elegant" fe_icon="arrow_carrot-left_alt2" font_weight="" text="Back to Nature" custom_class="button2" border_color="#00a98e" hover_border_color="#8ad5c4" font_size="22" padding="12px" link="/workinggroups/nature/"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text el_class="center-row"] Research Recommended Research Briefs Resources Recommended and Reviewed Resources [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text el_class="right-row"] Advocacy Tools Fundraising, Volunteers, and Multimedia The Story How this Environmental Action Kit was Developed [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_scroll_icon="no" content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="100px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...