Attention Teachers & Parents: You’re invited to a FREE Child in Nature Symposium, April 8 & 9, Savannah

Child in Nature Symposium The 2016 Child in Nature Symposium @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be Fri. April 8 & Sat. April, 9.

This event will include: a free teacher program; a free parent/community member program & a children’s program.

The second annual Child In Nature Symposium will be at Oatland Island Fri. April 8, 4PM-7PM &  Sat. April 9, 9AM-1PM.

The Symposium is a collaborative effort between Charles Ellis Montessori Academy and PTA, St. Andrew’s School, the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, & the Montessori Education Society of Savannah (MESS).

The focus of this year’s symposium is Recovery of a Nature Language.

Friday for teachers & educators

On Friday afternoon, sessions will be held for teachers and educators that focus on engaging children in nature.

Saturday for parents & children

On Saturday morning, Dr. Pat Pritchard from Wesleyan College will present a keynote address for parents, teachers, and community members, and then everyone is invited to participate in workshops on topics that include Savannah­ area outdoor resources, nature journaling, school garden curriculum, outdoor navigation with map and compass, and creative ways to engage your children with nature.

An exciting program for children will also be offered on Saturday, led by Oatland naturalist Michelle Kelly.

Click here for Teacher Program Information: Registration (Friday and Saturday): FREE!

Click here for Parent and Community Program Information:  Registration (Saturday): FREE!

Click here for Children’s Program Information: Registration (Saturday): $5 child/$10 family

More on the Saturday children’s program

Cost: $5/child or $10/family
Fees will be paid at Oatland Island on Saturday, April 9. Cash or Check

Have you even seen faces or shapes in the clouds? At this year’s Child in Nature Symposium our children will be hiking Oatland’s trails with Naturalist Michelle Kelly and will be looking for hidden faces in trees and then accentuate them by sculpting on the tree with air dry clay and natural objects found on site. The Jacks of the wood will be peeping through the forest after we have hiked through! We will end our hike at our new mud kitchen, located in the garden, and will whip up some imaginary recipes of hickory pies and acorn stews.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

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