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.


“To see, to feel the lessons in action is transformative. It was informative as it was restorative.” -Stewart L, participant


Spring 2023 Training Dates Coming Soon!



“The Strawtown Approach to Outdoor Learning

for Health and Wellness”

in collaboration with the Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute


Thurs. Oct. 13th,
Online, 6pm – 9pm


Sat. Oct. 15th,
In-Person, 9am – 5pm
at Marydell, Nyack


This workshop draws from the best of Strawtown’s 20+ years of nature, art and science programming that enriches social emotional learning. Educators will learn our step-by-step place-based methods for guiding students safely in outdoor settings. While moving beyond a “postcard view” of nature, participants will learn activities that invite children to take a deeper look at the beauty and workings of their surroundings that they are a part of. The program will feature a variety of short discovery outings matched with hands-on learning activities that can be conducted outdoors, back in the classroom, home or studio.


  • $140 / participant (includes materials and light snack, plus mentorship phone call with Director Laurie Seeman )
  • CTLE Hours available and provided by the Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute for additional $25 fee. Dual registration required. First, apply and register below, then Register for CTLE Hours prior to the workshop.
  • Qualified applicants may be eligible for sliding scale and scholarships. Please inquire at
  • Please note this workshop involves walking on easy-to-moderate nature trails. Please contact us regarding accessibility and accommodations.
  • This workshop is partially sponsored by the NYS Council on the Arts


Space is limited! Register today

Application form and registration link below.

Registration closes Oct. 7th.


About Strawtown Educator Trainings

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:

  • educators / program facilitators
  • teaching artists / creatives
  • parents / grandparents
  • homeschoolers
  • youth & 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

“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


2-Step Process


1- Application:
Please complete the form below and you’ll hear back from us as soon as possible.


2- Strawtown Registration:
If you have already filled out this application in the past, you can bypass and REGISTER HERE.


To register for CTLE Hours, CLICK HERE

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