Series of 3 Workshops - Fall 2017:
Workshop #1 - Saturday, September 16
Workshop #2 - Saturday, October 14
Workshop #3 - Saturday, November 18

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.

Workshop #1
West Valley College Child Development Center

14000 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

Workshop #2
Monterey Peninsula College Child Development Center

980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Workshop #3
West Valley College Child Development Center
14000 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

Lynn Farwell
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 Series.
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 The Outdoor Classroom Project® is an initiative of the Child Educational Center.

The philosophy of the Outdoor Classroom
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® Specialist
Level II Training Series: Continuing Workshops
Outdoor Classroom Specialists with Level I Completion
"Growing the Outdoor Classroom"

September 16, October 14, and November 18, 2017

We are pleased to announce the next Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level II Training Series in Northern California. This training is for those who have completed the Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level I Training Series.  You may also participate if you have missed one workshop of the Level I Training Series. 

This Level II Training series will consist of three Saturday workshops which will take place on September 16th, October 14th, and November 18th.  These workshops will provide participants the opportunity to deepen and enhance their Outdoor Classroom skills and strengthen the implementation of the Outdoor Classroom at their center.

The Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level II Training Series is entitled
"Growing the Outdoor Classroom".  It expands and deepens knowledge and skills attained through the foundational Specialist Level I training. The Level II training focuses on further enhancing the knowledge and skill of the participants and the development of individual centers so that both can better demonstrate Outdoor Classroom philosophy, principles and practices. Workshop participants will be assisted in taking the next steps specific to nurturing the Outdoor Classroom in their centers.

One primary focus of the training is to assist participants whose centers are ready, to achieve an established Outdoor Classroom Project standard of their program being a "Demonstration" or "Recognized" site. This focus works equally well for participants whose centers are not currently ready, but could be in the future.  Participants 
from such developing programs will select one or more changes or objectives to accomplish over the three-month period of the workshop series. Emphasis will be placed on making progress toward or achieving Outdoor Classroom Project "Demonstration Site" or "Recognized Site" status by the conclusion of the three month period of the training. 

For those participants whose centers have already achieved that status, the training supports them in strengthening their center's status, including educating newly hired staff and newly enrolled parent's engagement with their center's established Outdoor Classroom.

Level II content includes an examination of quality elements of the Outdoor Classroom and keys to Outdoor Classroom development, learning and practicing communication skills, research findings, performing strategic evaluation, facilitating teacher engagement, and understanding gardens and gardening as a central Outdoor Classroom activity.

Level II is designed to support participants in becoming better change agents and in facilitating change in their own programs.

Completion of Level II is a prerequisite for taking Level III, which is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2018.  Participants completing Level III will be eligible to enroll in the first advanced Level IV training which is envisioned for the 2018-19 year as part of expanding the consulting force of the Outdoor Classroom Project. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Creating Strategic Approaches

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Using Effective Communication to Develop Programs and Activities

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Securing the Outdoor Classroom and Initiating Activity Centers

The registration fee is $375 and includes three full-day training sessions with continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, handouts for each workshop, and Certificate of Completion.

There is a 10% discount for staff from Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration or Recognized Sites.  The DSN discounted fee is $337.50.  If you have questions, please email Lynn Farwell at outdoor-classroom@caltech.edu.  

You can obtain a partial refund of your fee, minus a $35 administrative charge, as late as Friday, September 8, 2017.  Beginning September 9th, any fee paid is non-refundable.

Making up a missed workshop session
If you previously attended the Level II training and missed a workshop session, this is your opportunity to make up the missed session. If you previously paid to attend, there is a $25 fee to make up each workshop session. If the Orfalea Foundation previously paid for you to attend, please see below.  Contact our office if you have questions.

The Outdoor Classroom Specialist Level II Training Series is no longer funded by the Orfalea Foundation and the registration fee applies to all participants.  If you are making up a missed workshop from a Specialist II training, previously funded by the Orfalea foundation, the fee is $125 per missed workshop (for non-DSN centers) and $113.50 per workshop for DSN center staff. Orfalea only paid when the participant attended and did not fund future make-up sessions. 

Registration Deadline 
The registration deadline is Monday, September 11, 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
* 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 participate in the Level II Training Series, you must have completed Specialist Level I.
   If you missed one workshop in the Level I Series and wish to continue to Level II, please
   contact our office to discuss your participation. 
* To qualify as an Outdoor Classroom Project® Demonstration or Recognized Site, each
   center must have a teacher who has completed the Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist
   Level I Training.

Prerequisite Reading & Assignments for the First Day of Training
1.  Once you are registered, you will receive a survey form to complete. This tool will
      help you identify the area of program focus for your work during the trainings.

2.  If you did not previously complete the reading assignments for the Level I Trainings,
     please complete the reading assignments prior to the Level II Training.
     *   "Outdoor Classroom Development & Staff Training Guide"

     *   "Theories of Childhood" by Carol Garhart Mooney
     *   "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard LouvOCP logo w reg mark