GreenTeacher hosts a whole series of free webinars. I thought this one looked interesting:
Webinar topic:Â Â “Plugged In; But Tuned Out: The Need to Reconnect with Nature”
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST
Presenter:Â Â Herb Broda
Description: In this age of alluring techno-gadgetry we need to be very cautious about maintaining a balance between indoor and outdoor activity. At a time whenchildren’s natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands ofbusy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens, schools and outdoor centers may be the only places where kids are encouraged tointeract with nature. Kids need to go outside for both learning and play—indeed there is aÂ need for old-fashioned unstructured play in nature – the kind of invented play that “older” folks fondly recall.
I contacted the instructorÂ to make sure it was going to be applicable for parents as much as formal educators, IÂ receivedÂ thisÂ response: I can say without hesitation that parents will find his presentation just as useful as will teachers and other youth educators.Â ToÂ sign up go here, or check out other webinars they’re offering this spring.