The Catskill Interpretive Center is so pleased to present a FREE early childhood education training in partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The session will cover both the Getting Little Feet Wet and Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood programs. Formal and non-formal educators (homeschooling parents, librarians, youth leaders, etc.) are welcome, and eligible participants will receive credit for 5 CTLE hours upon completion of the session. The training is free, but participants must pre-register by October 5 - please contact Kpalm@catskillcenter.org to register or for more information.
During the lunch break and after the training ends at 2pm, participants are encouraged to attend the public Educator Resource Fair next door at the visitors center to connect with other educators and discover regional opportunities for curriculum materials, field trips, presenters, and grant funding. There will also be a special public performance by Arm of the Sea Theater (a favorite of schools and libraries across the Catskills and Hudson Valley) on the grounds at 2pm.
Getting Little Feet Wet:
Developed specifically for educators working with young children (ages 3-6) and in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum. Getting Little Feet Wet contains 11 interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both Pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards. https://www.projectwet.org/earlychildhood
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood:
Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. It is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs from children’s musician Billy B. Brennan that encourage children to sing, dance, and move. https://www.plt.org/