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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Facilitating Environmental Education Experiences for Young Learners PreK-TK-K

The pressing environmental challenges we face today create an urgency to provide greater access and inclusivity for engagement in environmental education learning experiences. It is a call to action that begins with our youngest learners, their families, and their communities. In this course you will learn to design and facilitate fun and exciting experiences that will inspire student inquiry, stewardship, and ecoliteracy.

During the course:

  • Participate in a variety of engagement methods used to facilitate environmental education explorations 
  • Refine and enhance existing lessons using the principles of UDL
  • Learn about, engage in, and get certified in facilitating the Growing Up WILD curriculum
  • Develop learning experiences using a step-by-step UDL design process
  • Collaborate with practitioners and create actionable next steps for application/facilitation of environmental education learning experiences grounded in UDL principles

Participants will learn the ways of a naturalist and interpreter so they can engage students in new and exciting ways! This course introduces teaching strategies that bring environmental education concepts to life for all learners and is great for anyone who wants to connect youth with the natural world!

Through Four Rivers Natural History Association sponsorship, participants will receive Growing Up WILD guides at no additional cost. The guides have been funded through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Grant.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply UDL principles of multiple means of engagement, multiple means of action and expression, and multiple means of representation
  • Critically analyze a lesson design for evidence of UDL principles.
  • Identify and apply various instructional practices/processes that elevate student inquiry, stewardship, and ecoliteracy.
  • Use a step-by-process by applying UDL design principles to create innovative environmental education learning experiences.
  • Effectively facilitate Growing up WILD curriculum and receive certification.




2.5 hours of asynchronous work (Monday-Friday); 8:00A-4:30P (Saturday)


Kremen Education building, room 140



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