The following Exordium presentations are based on HANDS-ON NATURE  a compilation of  topics from an environmental education/natural science program that was originally designed and taught by the staff of Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS).

Children learn best when actively engaged in the learning process and enjoying themselves doing it. The activities in these lessons encourage inquiry and allow for discovery. Children are invited to look more closely, ask questions and explore freely.

Each lesson includes a variety of activities that may include – drawing, writing, creating models, sorting and classifying, role-playing and much more – with the hope that every child will feel the joy of success.

The lessons can be presented in 1 and 2 hour segments. They are grouped to be presented as segments of specific themes over a longer period of time or as a stand-alone lesson. If variations or specific content is requested, lessons can be modified.

Many of the sessions can encompass field trips and outings to specific habitats or nature sites. This can be discussed at the time of booking to ensure that seasonal accessibility and safety considerations are observed.

  LEO I, II, & III
L.E.O. I, II & III – Lessons in Educating Outdoors
3 - one Credit Courses - Participants must complete the offered courses in their numbered sequence. Format offers the flexibility of completing a three credit course in smaller, shorter time frames as well as offering teachers the opportunity to work and interact with teachers with their school who they may never have had the opportunity to do so.
Dates & Times:
The dates are to be mutually agreed upon by the participants and instructor. The course is to be held on one contiguous weekend with the following suggested hours - Friday-2 hrs. Saturday-7 hrs. and Sunday-6 hrs.
The instructor will come to the participating school if a minimum of 6 teachers and/or staff participate.
Grading & Texts:
Letter Grade based on participation, attendance & submitted projects
No Required Texts

Each course is priced seperately - please email or call 802-238-3697 for up-dated pricing

L.E.O. – Level I – An Introduction to Lessons in Educating Outdoors – (1 Credit – 15 hrs.)
A one credit course using your schoolyard and its surrounding landscape to learn how engage students of all ages in a cross-curricular learning experience. We will learn how to use the trees, grass, playgrounds and so much else to investigate, discover and journal about the many aspects of the natural world. Using these explorations, we will develop ways they can be used to meet State and National Standards and 21st Century learning objectives in math, science, literacy and social studies.
The goals to be achieved in the Introductory L.E.O. course are threefold:
1. To bring an awareness of the extent of the natural world that can be found in every conceivable type of schoolyard
2. To imbue the teacher with a confidence and skillset to be able to step outside of the classroom environment and successfully manage the learning experience of a student cohort.
3. Bring real-world connections to students by applying inquiry- and place-based problem-solving to the cross-curricular learning opportunities identified in the school’s landscape.

L.E.O. Level II – Applications for Lessons in Educating Outdoors – (1 Credit – 15 hrs.)
Building on L.E.O. Level I, this course will delve deeper into specific habitats as well as look at the various aspects of the natural world such as adaptations, cycles, designs and social structure. Each participant will receive a basic exploration kit as well as a packet of teaching aids that will help to jump-start their classroom ventures into the outdoors.
L.E.O. Level II will deepen your knowledge of a variety of nature’s aspects by:
1. Taking a close look through hands-on exploration of specific habitats and the animals that live in them.
2. Through the use of Guides, Dichotomous Keys and wide variety of resource materials both print and web-based

L.E.O. – Level III – Extending the Applications of L.E.O. – Level II – ( 1 Credit – 15 hrs.)
Learn to construct simple equipment to enhance your investigations and allow the students to take ownership of their learning while gaining an understanding of basic principles of mechanics, physics and science. Potential sources for materials, simple designs and how they are used are the main take-away. Upon completing all three levels of the L.E.O. course participants will understand the potential scope of their schoolyard landscape for teaching enhanced outdoor lessons and have the knowledge to build or source materials that support those lessons.
L.E.O. Level III is intended to have participants learn the underlying principles in the equipment and tools often used in investigating the natural world. The building projects themselves become stand-alone lessons that encompass a variety of disciplines learnt through hands-on participation.

Modified by on 2022-03-17

  Nature Camps
Summer Camps

Summer camps are designed for specific age groups and can be theme based or have activities that cover a wide range of learning concepts and interests. Primary focus is an exploration of the outdoors and its denizens though hands-on activities, exploration, art and just plain fun.

There are two camps that will be given in Summer 2022 which take place in:
1. Highgate Library from June 20, 2022 - June 24, 2022
2. Georgia Summer Camp at the JMMY Camp July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Modified by on 2022-03-17

Participants will get one-on-one instruction along with hands-on demonstrations, gaining new skills through "learning by doing".

Modified by on 2016-02-11

Camp Registration Form
Continuing Education

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