Children and Nature
The information to access the online course will be sent to the email address provided below.
New enrollments are set-up during the following times:
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm pst
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm pst
Registrations that are submitted after enrollment hours will be processed the next morning. You will receive an email with your log-in information to access the course within an hour after we open the next business day.
All courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped.
Enrollment Expires in 1 Year from the Date of Payment
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This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility. Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk.
Training Delivery Method: Online
Content Focus Group:
- Preschool Age Children
- Pre-Kindergarten Children
- School-Age Children
- Special Needs
Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training
Training Level: 1
Training Language(s): English
- Understand the growing concern regarding children’s lack of engagement with nature and the possible fear of nature by family members.
- Identify the negative health consequences that can result from the lack of children’s’ contact with nature.
- Identify the physical, social, and psychological impacts of nature on child development.
- Gain an understanding of the importance of nature play to the healthy development of the young child.
- Become knowledgeable about and gain skills in developing and facilitating nature play experiences.
- Identify ways to create a nature play environment indoors and outdoors to support the need for children to connect with the natural world.
* Currently Enrolled Students *
- Just a really great training. Enjoyed it tremendously. Posted by Julie on 12th Feb 2016
This was an excellent training!! I really enjoyed it and will use some of the examples in the classroom.
It is very sad to think that Nature experiences are a thing of the past but I would like to hope that parents and families take back nature.
- I loved this training. Posted by Brett on 8th Feb 2016
I was very interested in the topic and learned a lot. Some facts were alarming, but I can see that there are organizations that are trying to make changes. I'm thankful that I work for a woman that sees the importance of outdoor play.
- I loved this class and felt like it was worthwhile information. Posted by Tamara on 4th Feb 2016
I liked the videos and the ability to go back and repeat information Ewing taught.
- great training! Posted by Janine on 29th Nov 2015
I enjoyed the readings...but, I also enjoyed the video clips. it was good to see different ways to set up my classroom to be more 'nature related' . I also enjoyed seeing the ideas for playground things.
- The videos were amazing Posted by Erica on 11th Aug 2015
The youtube videos were amazing. I loved the videos of just observing the children play in a nature based playground. It allowed me to come up with my own understanding of the topic
- Very important, interesting and useful! Posted by Andrea on 17th Jun 2015
I found this topic to be very important, interesting and useful! I enjoyed the videos as am a visual learner.
- I love it!!! Posted by Nancy on 17th Jun 2015
I really enjoyed the video segments and was so pleased to find out that there are some great groups out there that address a solution to the lack of natural experiences for children and families quite common in this media-based world. It would be so fun to be able to design a playground like the one shown in the video (to assist children with ASD and other disabilities) - I loved it!
- I love the training Posted by Kenny on 17th Jun 2015
I love the training & contents of the course. Did learn a lot myself and recommend every one to go through this.
- Thank you. Posted by Ryan on 13th May 2015
The videos were great. All speakers had in depth knowledge of topic. The final video where the kids were just playing, that all, was just kind of that A-ha moment. That's were they should love to be and what they need daily...Playing and exploring.
This has been my favorite stars training to date. I love nature anyway, and go for nature walks with my kiddos I work with plus my own children. But the statistics in this fast paced electronic world was a wake up call.
- Thank you Posted by Jacqueline on 21st Apr 2015
I loved the videos. I learn better when I can see what the training is talking about. Thank you! It was such and inspirational training that makes me want to better my work with my children.
- Wonderful ideas Posted by Maureen on 27th Mar 2015
Wonderful ideas for me to create better areas both inside and outside so we can all enjoy nature.
- I appreciate all that was brought Posted by Jennifer on 24th Mar 2015
i am grateful that this important subject is being brought to the mainstream education. I appreciate all that was brought. Thank you
- This section was very helpful Posted by Katherine on 7th Feb 2015
I liked all of the videos about outdoor play and effects that it could have on children. As well as how important it is that children get their outdoor time daily so that they are not getting depressed, obese. This section was very helpful. I will be sharing the information and new things I learned with my staff.
- All of it was enlightening Posted by Michailah on 4th Feb 2015
All of it was enlightening. Though some parts were repeated, it all was information well worth hearing twice. The videos were great.
- Extremely relevant Posted by Heather on 2nd Feb 2015
This topic is extremely relevant to our modern world, and I am encouraged to see the message being passed on through such compelling and positive messages for children and adults alike.
- I actually like the entire format Posted by Nancy on 30th Jan 2015
I actually like the entire format. The video's and written assignments were great
- thanks Posted by Jean on 22nd Jan 2015
information on special needs will come in very handy
- I LOVED THIS SEGMENT!! Posted by Patricia on 22nd Jan 2015
Creating inspiring spaces for children
- Excellent training! Posted by Colleen on 15th Jan 2015
I loved the videos! Excellent training! I am looking forward to applying what I have learned in my classroom! Thank you!
- I learned so much Posted by Brittanie on 15th Jan 2015
Nature is critical in childrens development and I learned so much more from this class.
- Importance of Outside Play Posted by Katrina Brooke on 10th Jan 2015 I agreed with much of the training and felt they covered some important information. Great level one training. Would love to see higher levels on the same topic available.
- Thank you! Posted by Mary on 31st Oct 2014 I appreciate the variety of materials used. Thank you!
- Very valuable information Posted by Sue on 15th Oct 2014 I feel the information regarding "Outdoor environments for children with Autism and special needs" was really interesting and very valuable information. I really liked the videos. It was nicer to listen to someone talk and explain things versus reading and hoping your understanding the information right.
- I enjoyed the videos Posted by Merle on 10th Oct 2014 I enjoyed the videos as they showed me ideas for taking the classroom outdoors and engaging different learning styles that can improve and enhance a child's outdoor experience. Interesting about the change in amounts of medicines can be reduced by exercise. All of us can benefit by getting up and going outdoors!
- I liked working at my pace online from home. Posted by Karen on 10th Oct 2014 I liked working at my pace online from home. I especially liked and appreciated the references to books such as Richard Louv's, Last Child in the Woods and Sandra Duncan's, Inspiring Spaces for Young Children. I also liked getting ides from photos and videos on enhancing an already existing playground. Even though this course focused on children, after watching the videos and reading the articles, I think adults could benefit from more outdoor time!
2) The information to access the online course will be sent to the email address provided during enrollment hours.
*Times shown are Pacific Standard Time. If you are in Central or Eastern Time, you will need to adjust the time accordingly.
New Enrollments Are Set-Up During the Following Times:
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
Holidays 9 am – 8 pm
3) Registrations that are submitted after enrollment hours will be processed the next morning. You will receive an email with your log-in information to access the course within an hour after we open the next business day.
4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.
5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.
6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.
7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.
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10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.
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12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.
13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.
14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.