AEEA Events

Early Childhood and Nature Workshop

featuring curriculum and activities from
Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experience for Early Childhood,
Project WILD’s Growing Up WILD, & 
Project WET’s Getting Little Feet Wet

Hosted and sponsored by AEEA.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Hobbs State Park Visitor’s Center, 20201 E Highway 12, Rogers, AR 72756
Cost: AEEA members $10; Non-members $20
Register: Registration is now closed.

This workshop will feature three internationally recognized environmental education curricula focusing on early childhood – Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and available for the first time in Arkansas – Project WET’s Getting Little Feet Wet. These three Projects provide respected and proven environmental education activities and curricula targeting early childhood learners that are approved by the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas PDR for 8 hours of professional development.

Each participant will receive 3 curriculum guides (over $60 value) containing hundreds of hands-on, engaging, interdisciplinary experiences for kids ages 3-7. Activities meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) criteria for curriculum and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.  

Join us for this fun and educational day and learn how to implement these activities into your classrooms, camps, and educational programs. Participants must stay for the full 8-hour training in order to receive the curriculum guides and the 8 hours of PD. Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-received first-reserved basis.  Fee includes workshop materials, curriculum guides, music CDs, resources, and lunch. 

PLT’s Environmental Experience for Early Childhood

Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs that encourage children to sing, dance, and move.

Project WILD’s Growing Up WILD
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.

Project WET’s Getting Little Feet Wet

Developed in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet is designed to help educators of young children teach about water in fun, age-appropriate ways. This book contains 11 interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both Pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to educational standards.


Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education

When: Friday, November 8, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
Cost: AEEA members $10; Non-members $25
Register: Complete this Google form or email the following information to name, phone number, affiliated organization.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by the North American Association for Environmental Education in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication.

The Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Workshop will focus on two publications from the series: K-12 Environmental Education and Nonformal Environmental Education Programs. This blend will provide workshop participants the information and knowledge to increase effectiveness in providing high-quality EE programs for audiences in both formal and non-formal settings. All educators are welcome to attend the workshop, however, the target audience is nonformal educators.  

Through attending this workshop, participants will

  • Regard the Guidelines for Excellence series as a professional resource
  • Review and refine their EE program planning, execution, and evaluation to align with key
    characteristics of high-quality environmental education programs
  • Explore how the environmental literacy framework links to national and state standards
  • Use the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines to develop or strengthen their standards-based EE instructional programs

For more information about the Guidelines for Excellence series, see the NAAEE website.