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Deadline: August 8. Do you know of an individual or organization that has accomplished great things in environmental education? You probably do! This is your chance to recognize the wonderful work of incredibly hardworking individuals and organizations for the benefit of the environment.

Little boy feeds a goose on a grassy park
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This is the seventh of a series of eight discussions on principles, processes, and strategies involved in early childhood education, including environmental education. There is cultural capital in education and there is biophilia capital in education to the environment in early childhood. The habitus represents a child's environment with everything in it and this is where the genesis of child development lies.

Photo of a young child facing the sky and trying to catch snowflakes
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There are different general and specific educational objectives, strategies and approaches when educating very young learners to nature. They have different capabilities when educating them to nature, to society and to their human condition within the biosphere. Respecting those capabilities is the path to showing them the beauty and joy of being alive. It is all about tasting snowflakes!

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The Natural Start Alliance is hosting a special Winter Event in connection with our 2021 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference. Join daily live events Mon-Fri, January 24-28, 2022. The Winter Event is open to all registrants of the 2021 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, so, if you registered for year-long access to NatStart2021, you're all set! If you'd like to register, there is still plenty of time. Access to on-demand sessions (more than 110 sessions!) lasts until July 1, 2022.

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This is the fifth of a series of eight discussions on principles, processes, and strategies involved in early childhood education, including environmental education. Spaces of intersubjectivity as secret learning spaces known only to children. How to access them without knowing them while trusting the children.

A photo of a family holding a whiteboard and thermometer in a forest clearing.
How does lake temperature change with depth—or does it? Families from Maury River MS (Lexington, VA) adapted aquatic thermometers to gauge temperature of lake water up to 50 feet deep. June data (gathered by CCLC students from MRMS) suggested temperature declined with depth, but the October family crews found constant temperature throughout the lake column—and enjoyed lively discussions about those findings. (Families Discover Lake Trends. Photo credit: Elise Sheffield)
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This month's eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post features Boxerwood Education Association, and the role of family learning in their new "Trail Blazers" program.