Developing A Primary Nature Program

This workshop is for educators who are thinking about adding a nature component to their current program and for those who have started to take their students outside and are looking for more information on how to run a successful and safe outdoor program. Teaching young children the knowledge, skills and values of environmental citizenship is a critical part of 21st century education. In Nature Kindergarten we begin with an appreciation of the natural world. In this workshop we will discuss ways to organize, manage and resource a nature primary program. This workshop will also include a look at indoor space and environments inspired by Reggio Emilia pedagogy.  Click here for the session handout.

Target Audience
Primary (e.g. K-3)

Language of Instruction

Sponsoring PSA
Superconference Program Subcommittee (Other)



Liz McCaw

Liz McCaw is a Kindergarten teacher and author of Outside Our Window: Developing a Primary Nature Program and the blog Nature Play. She teaches nature Kindergarten at an eco elementary school in Nanaimo, BC and has developed a place-based nature Kindergarten program. She also works as a teacher consultant with learning teams and with individual teachers to support shifts in practice towards nature education and small group learning.

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