Educator Workshops

Nature-Connected Children
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Educational Trainings for Our Times

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


Fall Educator Workshop


“Climate Connect: Nature, Art and Action” 


2 Parts:

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Online, 6pm – 9pm

Saturday Oct. 19
In-Person, 9am – 5pm
at Strawtown Studio, Garnerville, NY


Are you looking for engaging ways to navigate climate change with youth?

Join us as we present pathways for children and communities to creatively respond to climate change and feel empowered in a learning community.

In this workshop, participants will learn governing principles of nature that help us to further understand the workings of the natural world. We will experience how the role of art can help children respond to their surroundings, spark curiosity and cultivate their “ecological self”.

Climate change topics and activities will include: energy, water, habitats, weather, and advocacy.

For all who are looking to deepen their nature connection and guide others in creative learning experiences: teachers, artists, parents, grandparents, youth leaders, community builders, healing arts practitioners, and more.

Space is limited! Apply & Register today

  • $165 / participant (includes online class, in-person full day, materials, snacks, and mentorship phone call with Director Laurie Seeman)
  • Sliding scale and scholarships are available. Please inquire at
  • Please note this workshop may involve walking on easy-to-moderate nature trails. Please contact us regarding accessibility and accommodations.


Application form and registration link below.


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


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- For New Students: Application & Phone call
Please complete the form below, and you’ll hear back from us as soon as possible to set up a phone conversation.


2- For Returning Students: Workshop Registration
If you have already filled out this application and had an intake phone call in the past, you can bypass and REGISTER HERE.

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