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Webinar with Ken Baum, Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Join Ken Baum with Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to learn what it offers for Community Health Services, often without any charge. Additionally, a new program has been developed (the first of its kind!) that encourages citizens young and old to utilize green space, outdoors, and nature, to nurture their mental health. These resources are being distributed to parks, trails, and paths and have the ability to access additional information to learn more about the mental and physical health of being outdoors.
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Virtual Teacher Workshop with Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In natural settings, many science concepts are readily visible and accessible for hands-on exploration and learning. Thus, it might seem like teaching science in nature should be common practice, and yet it is not. Why? Oftentimes, barriers hinder the effectiveness of nature-based lessons. However, rather than choosing between teaching a lesson indoors or outdoors, perhaps employing a combination is best.
In this webinar, we will explore research-based theories and evidence of the benefits of nature-based lessons and play for children’s cognitive functioning, learning, and development of environmental stewardship. We’ll also review findings from a recent study exploring indoor versus nature-based science lessons. Webinar attendees then will work in small groups to apply concepts presented to develop a pair of complementary science lessons, employing the strengths of both indoor and nature-based lessons, to enhance students’ learning of one science standard.
Go Gardening’s mission is to help people conserve water in the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers by teaching homeowners how to convert turf grass areas to low-to-no water use landscapes featuring native plants. We hope you learned a lot about enhancing your landscapes in Season One and two of the Go Gardening shows, and we’re looking forward to bringing you lots more gardening know-how in 2024. You can now watch all previous episodes on GVST’s YouTube channel.