Spring 2018 Series of 3 Workshops:
Workshop #1 - Saturday, March 10, 2018
Workshop #2 - Saturday, April 14, 2018
Workshop #3 - Saturday, May 19, 2018

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.

Marin County Office of Education
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94903

Lynn Farwell
Manager of Operations
Outdoor Classroom Project
818.273.2547 or 626.296.1770



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.

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 Marin County California
Spring 2018
A series of three full-day Saturday workshops
March 10th ~ April 14th ~ May 19th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Level I Training Series in Marin County 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 Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael. 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 of this Outdoor Classroom Project® Demonstation Site Centers Santa Margarita Children's Center and Gan Israel Preschool.

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 sixty Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration and Recognized centers in Southern California and four Demonstration Sites in Northern California.  There are Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration Site Centers in 11 counties in California: Alameda, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura. For more information, please visit our website outdoorclassroomproject.org. 


Saturday, March 10, 2018
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, April 14, 2018
Evaluating Outdoor Programs and Environments

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fundamentals of Implementing the Outdoor Classroom

The registration fee is $395 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 $355.00.  If you have questions, please email Lynn Farwell at Lynn.Farwell@ceconline.org

There is a $25 fee to make-up each missed workshop from a previous Specialist Level I Training Series. We will be able to offer make-up workshops only if space allows.

Cancellation Policy:  You can obtain a partial refund of your fee minus a $35 administrative charge as late as Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  Beginning March 1st, any fee paid is non-refundable. Any cancellations must be in writing via email to outdoorclassroomproject@ceconline.org.

Registration Deadline 
Tuesday February 28, 2018  
Enrollment is extremely limited for this training series. Priority enrollment will be given to Marin County Office of Education, HEAL - Marin Child Care Council, Marin Chapter 6 CAEYC, Marin Head Start, and Outdoor Classroom Project Demonstration Site Centers. We currently have only 18 spaces available. When we reach capacity, enrollment will be closed and we will place applicants on a wait list and register as space allows. Please note, we DO expect to reach capacity and close registration early. Sign-up soon if you would like to attend.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, OCP conferences, workshops, and other activities constitutes an agreement for the CEC and the OCP, or anyone authorized by the CEC/OCP, to record and use, as CEC/OCP may desire in its sole and absolute discretion, all recording and reproductions or depictions of such exhibitor’s or attendee’s name, likeness, voice, persona, words, actions, and/or biography, which CEC/OCP may make, including without limitation, the right for CEC/OCP, or anyone authorized by CEC/OCP, to use such recordings, reproductions, or depictions in or in connection with any legitimate purposes, including for advertising, publicity, trade, and editorial purposes, at any time in the future in all media now known or hereafter developed, throughout the world.

* 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 Lynn.Farwell@ceconline.org or our office at OutdoorClassroomProject@ceconline.org 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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