Early Ecology

"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature.  Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living."

-Zenobia Barlow

Parent Workshops 2018

These events are held for the parent community of our school but are open to the public as well. Suggested donation of $10-$25 for non-current families, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. They will all take place from 12:30-2:00pm.

March 23rd: Challenging Behavior: A Q&A with director Joanna Ferraro, about how to come to peace with your child. RSVP. The location of this workshop will be in the Winter / Sunny Meadow Bunny area.

April 27th: Ritual and Routines to Connect Your Family: This will be a group discussion with Joanna and other teachers about how we can bring reverence and meaning into our home life. RSVP. The location of this workshop will be in Nature's Playground, Baywood Picnic Site (Fall and late Spring Bunny classroom).

May 11th: Nature Connection: Introduction to Sit Spot and Bird Language. Teacher Dan and Chaise Levy, a graduate of Weaving Earth and one of next year's Early Ecology teachers, will guide you in the practice of sitting still and provide a introduction to the most common forms of bird communication. RSVP. The location of this workshop is tbd.


Predator & Prey Game 

Predator & Prey Game 

Previous Educator and Parent Seminars Include: 

Going Deeper: A Forest School Teacher Gathering & Training Event. Hosted by Early Ecology led by Wendolyn Bird

February 6th, 2016

Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, CA
We will spend the day deepening our understanding of designing emergent curriculum for the outdoor classroom. We will do this through several modalities including playful use of stories and songs, mindfulness, hands on activities and group exercises. The heart of this day together is to develop both the teacher 's and the young child’s relationship to the natural world.

Playing in Nature's Classroom: Sonoma County Early Learner's Conference. 2014

Positive and Direct Communication:  Sequoia Nursery School, 2014

Play: Parent education seminar on the importance of uninterrupted play. Sequoia Nursery School, 2013

The Gazebo Park School Model of Eco-Education: Sonoma State's Sustain Conference, 2011

Improving your outdoor classroom: Monterey County Early Childhood Education Conference. 2010



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