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Pre-Season Nature Instruction Clinic

This 5½-day-long clinic is designed for instructors at day camps, resident camps, outdoor education centers, docents and seasonal staff at nature centers and national and state parks, and for select students from the University of New Haven (for which they receive academic credit). 

Our goal is to facilitate better programming and instruction in a wide variety of camp and outdoor situations and settings. Each year, the Clinic is designed to meet the specific needs of the participants.

The Nature Clinic offers practical instruction and includes curriculum materials focused on:

  • Teaching techniques
  • Lesson planning
  • Use of local resources
  • Field trip experiences
  • Exploration/observation skills
  • Experiential learning
  • Availability and use of reference materials
  • Starting/maintaining a Nature Center

Post-clinic, participants will be prepared to create and lead:

  • Single-session lessons
  • Day-long lessons
  • Week-long courses
  • Summer-long experiences
  • Nature experiences for large groups
  • Interpretive walks and experiences for park and site visitors

…and to teach the following activities:

  • Birding
  • Insect Ecology, Collection, and Preparation
  • Natural Dyes
  • Cooking with Wild Foods
  • Rocks and More
  • Weird Science
  • Stargazing
  • Nature Drawing and Journals
  • In the Dark (the wonders of nature at night)
  • Environmental Sculpture
  • Pond and Stream Ecology
  • And many more