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When & Where
Spring 2017
Series of 3 Workshops:
Workshop #1 - Saturday, February 25
Clovis Community College
10309 N. Willow Ave
Fresno, CA 93720

Workshop #2 - Saturday, March 18
Fresno City College
1101 E. University
Fresno, CA 93741

Workshop #3 - Saturday, April 29
Reedley College
995 North Reed Avenue
Reedley, CA 93654

Each workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Check-in, display viewing, networking, and a light breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. The training will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. 

Lynn Farwell, Outdoor Classroom Project Manager of Operations
Phone: (626) 296-1770 or (661) 360-3573
Email: outdoor-classroom@caltech.edu or


To qualify as a Demonstration or Recognized Site for the Outdoor Classroom Project, each center must have a teacher who has completed the Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level I Training.
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The Outdoor Classroom Project is an initiative of the Child Educational Center (CEC).

The philosophy of the Outdoor Classroom is
that all children need and benefit from more
time outdoors and that full development and
integration of outdoor and indoor programs
creates the optimal learning and growing
environment for young children.


Outdoor Classroom Project
Outdoor Classroom Specialist LEVEL I Training Series
in Central California (Fresno County)
Spring 2017 - S
eries of 3 workshops:
February 25th, March 18th, & April 29th

Thanks to a collaboration with the Nature Explore Program and the U.S. Forest Service, the Outdoor Classroom Project is pleased to announce that we are offering the Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level I Training Series in the Fresno area.  This inspiring and educational training series is being offered in Central California for the first time.  The training will provide early childhood professionals a unique opportunity to acquire enhanced skills for cultivating and sustaining the Outdoor Classroom at their centers. The Specialist Level I Training consists of three full day workshops on Saturdays.  Each of the three workshops will be held at a different location.  The first workshop will be held at Clovis Community College in Fresno.  The second workshop will be held at Fresno City College and the third workshop will be held at Reedley College in Reedley.

Initiated in 2003 by the Child Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community in Southern California with a grant from First 5 L.A., the Outdoor Classroom Project has worked with hundreds of centers and thousands of teachers. Currently there are over seventy Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration and Recognized centers in Southern California and two Demonstration Sites in Northern California.  Formal networks currently operate in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties with centers in Orange, Ventura, Marin, Riverside, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties. For more information, please visit our website outdoorclassroomproject.org

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fundamentals of Anchoring the Outdoor Classroom
* Experiencing the value of childhood in
    the outdoors
* Recognizing changes and challenges to
   childhood  experiences
* Understanding philosophical, theoretical,
   and research-based keys to the Outdoor  
* Understanding early care and education
    and the outdoors today
* Understanding and articulating
   fundamental principles and practices of
   the Outdoor Classroom

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Evaluating Outdoor Programs and Environments

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fundamentals of Implementing the Outdoor Classroom

The registration fee is $375 and includes three full-day training sessions with continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, binder, handouts, and Certificate of Completion.
There is a 10% discount for staff from Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration or Recognized Sites. The discounted fee is $338.  If you have questions, please email Lynn Farwell outdoor-classroom@caltech.edu. You may also call (626) 296-1770 or (661) 360-3573.

Note for staff from centers in Santa Barbara County: If you are making up a missed workshop from a Specialist Level I training previously funded by the Orfalea Foundation, the fee is $125 per missed session ($113 DSN Discount Rate).

Cancellation Policy:  You can obtain a partial refund of your fee minus a $35 administrative charge as late as Friday, February 17th, 2017.  Beginning February 18th, any fee paid is non-refundable.  Any cancellations must be in writing via email to

Registration Deadline 
Tuesday February 21, 2017  
Enrollment is limited so please register early. When enrollment has filled, we will place applicants on a wait list and register as space allows.
* Limited Enrollment - Registration will be closed when we reach capacity, first come - first
   served.   Additional participants will be able to enroll upon request and as space permits.
* Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 Saturday trainings.
* Certificates of Completion will be granted only to those who attend all 18 hours of
   training and complete homework assignments.
* To qualify as a Demonstration or Recognized Site for the Outdoor Classroom Project,
    each center must have a teacher who has completed the Outdoor Classroom Project
    Specialist I Training.

Required Texts & Pre-Training Assignments
The Outdoor Classroom Program Development and Staff Training Guide can only be purchased from our website outdoorclassroomproject.org.  The Guide is required reading PRIOR to the start of the training.  "Last Child in the Woods" and "Theories of Childhood" can be ordered from Amazon or your local bookstore.

Please contact Lynn Farwell at outdoor-classroom@caltech.edu or call (626) 296-1770 if you have questions about the Guide, required reading or pre-training assignments.

              The Outdoor Classroom Program Development and Staff Training Guide
        $19.99 plus shipping and handling and is required reading prior to training #1.

Last  Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Press (now in paperback)last child cover  
Theories of Childhood by Carol Garhart Mooney, Redleaf Press 2000
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Prerequisite Reading & Assignments For First Day Of Training
This is a highly interactive seminar - please come prepared to participate in all activities.
* Read Outdoor Classroom Guide and Theories of Childhood.
Bring five pictures of your center's existing playground area on a 20"x 30" poster board.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For more information about Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Trainings please see Frequently Asked Questions on our website.
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