Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.
The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:
|•||Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.|
|•||Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide.|
|•||Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and “Healthy Me” dovetailing with the Let’s Move Campaign.|
|•||Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.|
|•||Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.|
|•||Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.|
Collective for Youth is offering a three-day Summer Institute program this summer at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. This 3 day training will help out of school time professionals in “Building You,” “Building Culture,” and “Building Your Program.” The training will be facilitated by Gwyn Williams, Program Director at Collective for Youth and LaRon Henderson, Program Quality Director at Collective for Youth.
Download the Summer Leadership Institute pdf here.
Date: June 28, 29, 30
Time: 9 AM — 4PM
Location: UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
Cost: $75 per attendee (this fee will cover lunch and training materials)
Collective for Youth in partnership with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will be hosting a Youth Work Methods Train-the-Trainer event from July 20-22 at the University of Nebraska Omaha. This training will prepare participants to lead a series of ten interactive and hands-on workshops that are aligned to the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) and that provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth. If you would like more information or are interested in attending this training opportunity please contact Jennifer Harris, Weikart Center Training Coordinator at email@example.com.
Date: July 20 – 22
Time: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Location: UNO Milo Bail Student Center
Presented by Gwyn Williams and LaRon Henderson, these interactive and hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth.
This series of trainings are designed to empower direct-staff or anyone interested in working with youth with tools that will increase the quality of their work with youth. Anyone in the community is welcome to sign up. All workshops are FREE, but registration is required.
UNL Expanded Learning Opportunities website is a resource through Nebraska 4-H Youth Development which provides youth serving organizations professional development experiences through various research-based webinars and publications.