New Resource Available: Nature Action Kit

The National Arbor Day Foundation recently announced a new resource available for educators and families, Nature Action Kits.  The kits were created through a partnership between the National Arbor Day Foundation, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the World Forum Foundation.  The resources in the kit have been designed to help young children, early childhood educators and families address environmental issues in a developmentally appropriate way.

Activities in the kit focus on one stewardship-related theme and follow this format:

1. Have an Adventure

Help Children Get Personally Engaged. The field-tested science-based outdoor activities suggested for each stewardship theme enhance children’s observation and problem-solving skills and prepare them to want to take action to “green” the environment. Activities are open-ended so they can be adapted to children’s individual interests and needs. Print one activity sheet per child, or print one master copy and share pictures with children. Each activity comes with “Tips.”

2. Take Action

For each stewardship theme, parents, teachers and children together take one action that will help “green” the environment.

3. Celebrate Your Action

Talk with children about how their positive action is helping our world become a “greener” and healthier place.

4. Keep Growing

Use the list of resources provided to find other fun ways to support this stewardship activity in your early childhood program or home.

 Each week we will share a Nature Action activity with you. If you would like to receive a Nature Action Kit please contact us at gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julie on January 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    What age groups are these targeting? What is considered ‘early childhood’?

    Reply

    • The kit targets children 3-8 years old. Early childhood is considered from birth to age 8. Head start would be a program that targets early childhood education for example.

      Reply

  2. How much are the kits and exactly what do they contain?

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