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The curriculum will include the following elements:
o Observation Skills o Drawing o Exercise o Learning how to discover o Botany o Group Building Games o Challenge Tasks for the Group o Ethnobotany o
Nature Art Location: The majority of our outdoor time will be spent at Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon. It has a wonderful trail system and is near the school. Alternate locations will be specified in advance.
Schedule: Every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Teacher: Britt Shellenberger has a passion for sharing the natural world with children. She has a wait-and-see approach to learning outdoors. In this approach, children have the opportunity to explore and use all their senses before things are given a formal name (ask her more about this). She also holds a MEd in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute.
It will facilitate children to create a new relationship to themselves, each other, community, and nature. Students will gather once a month for six hours at different state and local parks in the area. Children will receive the experience of being outside with minimal restrictions, as well as having choices in curriculum based on their own interests. Teachers will offer tutorials throughout the day, letting children spend their day studying plants, animals, plant spirit medicine, primitive skills, or the ecosystem as their curiosity leads them. In addition, group activities of wilderness skill games and obstacle courses will help bring the participants into a more cohesive group that learns to rely on each other and the ecosystem around them. Individual time spent drawing, journaling, and sitting in nature will help students cultivate a sense of self amidst the life around them. Greenwood Tree seeks to establish diversity and age diversification to allow students to develop their abilities in leadership, working together, and self-confidence. A smaller student to teacher ratio will help keep the group feeling vital and alive, meeting even the most reserved or outgoing children’s needs. As children naturally learn to cultivate curiosity and expression, they begin to interact with everything around them in a healthier way. Together, we trust each other’s uniqueness as being a necessary part of life. Schedule for class: Bi-Monthly, Meeting Days: TBD
*Greenwood Tree follows the Mount Vernon School District closures for harsh weather conditions.