Spring 2016 Series of 3 Workshops:
Workshop #1 - Saturday, April 29
Workshop #2 - Saturday, June 10
Workshop #3 - Saturday, July 15
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.
Child Educational Center
Outdoor Classroom Project Model Site
140 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011
Outdoor Classroom Project
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 Southern California/La Canada
April 29, June 10, and July 15, 2017
We are pleased to announce the Spring/Summer 2017 Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level I Training Series in Southern California. This inspiring and educational training series 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 at the Outdoor Classroom Project Model Site, the Child Educational Center in La Canada-Flintridge. As part of the training experience, participants will have the opportunity to explore the grounds and see the application of Outdoor Classroom philosophy in the play yard design.
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 fifty 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 Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Riverside, and Ventura 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.