Beckley: Lyman Woods offers a 'WILD' curriculum
A new professional development program available at Lyman Woods, managed by Downers Grove Park District, is helping early childhood educators learn new ways to introduce young students to the natural world around them.
This summer, the Downers Grove Park District’s Manager of Natural Resources and Interpretive Services Shannon Forsythe and Naturalist Marge Trocki were certified as facilitators of the Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop. As facilitators, they can instruct local early childhood educators on how to use the new curriculum known as Growing Up WILD, a set of activities, projects and games children can play that also teaches children how to better understand and appreciate the natural world.
“The premise is that there is a ‘disconnect’ between kids and nature,” Forsythe said. “Kids do not have the same relationship with the natural world that we previously have had.”
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