When & Where
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
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.
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.
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 - Series 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.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Press (now in paperback)
Theories of Childhood by Carol Garhart Mooney, Redleaf Press 2000
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.