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Cleveland Metroparks Nature Preschool Speaker Series
January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Planting the Seeds of the Future
Nature Based Preschool Speaker Series
HELPING CHILDREN DEVELOP AN ECOLOGICAL IDENTITY
Patti Bailie, PhD
Nature play was once a routine part of childhood. Today, exploring in the woods and catching frogs have become rare. Yet research shows that nature play has a positive effect on children. This presentation will review the research surrounding children’s connection to nature, how nature experiences impact the developing brain and the importance of developing an ecological identity.
Patti Ensel Bailie, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has worked in the field of early childhood environmental education for 25 years as founding director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool in Milwaukee, WI and co-director of the Early Childhood Outdoors Institute in Omaha, NE. But her love of getting young children outside began here in Cleveland at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in Shaker Heights, OH.