Educator Training

Nature-Connected Children
Need Nature-Connected Adults

Educational Trainings for Our Times

Note: Video footage is from 2019 training. Current trainings are designed to meet Covid regulations.

Thurs. June 9th, Online, 6pm – 9pm


Sat. June 11th, In-Person, 9am – 5pm
at Marydell, Nyack


$125 / participant

This program is sponsored by the NYS Council on the Arts & the Joseph Robert Foundation

Space is limited! Apply today


Please fill out the questionnaire below to let us know you’re interested.

Now more than ever, there is a calling for caring, trained adults to guide children safely outdoors and provide simple creative activities that help them grow and thrive.

If you love nature, art, and children, welcome to the Strawtown teaching community network. You are needed!

Learn how to create the Nature Art experiences so that more children can find themselves…

  • in nature
  • in creative expression
  • in community
  • in making a difference

Join us and learn from the innovative Strawtown teaching team, led by Founder/Director Laurie Seeman and Program Director Joanna Dickey (Who We Are). Gain inspiration, tools, confidence, and on-going support with the teaching network. You will be able to quickly provide the creative nature-connection experiences wherever you are!

“The multi-dimensional thinking is a well-spring for teaching.”
– Participant from Facilitator Training, Nov. 2019

For all who are looking to bring children and groups of all ages into a natural, holistic world of learning:

  • teaching artists / creatives
  • educators / facilitators
  • parents / grandparents
  • homeschoolers
  • community center leaders

Gain insights from our 20+ years of leading nature art programs and developing the place-based education method that children love. In this Strawtown Facilitator Training, you will learn how to integrate the worlds of nature, art and science into fascinating lessons that keep children’s authentic love of learning alive.

Return to your learning group
, classroom, organization, or family inspired with new perspectives, practices, materials, and a deeper connection with the natural world.

Trainings and Workshops Cover:

  • Introduction to the Strawtown principles and methods
  • Developing nature appreciation and seeing the world through an artistic lens
  • Orienting for place-based education
  • Setting up outdoor studios and bringing nature into the home/classroom
  • Establishing safety practices
  • Encouraging children’s curiosity, skills, and discoveries
  • Mentoring children through attentive teaching and dialogue
  • Harvesting natural materials and combining with fine art supplies, tools and techniques
  • Cultivating creative community relationships

Qualified applicants may be eligible to receive scholarship funds.

Please note this program involves hiking on easy-to-moderate nature trails with uneven terrain. Please contact us regarding accessibility and accommodations.

“Working with you is one of the things that most influenced my teaching… Give attention to the moment and magical things happen.”

-Lorraine M., Teacher, Blue Rock School

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