Four fellowships are available for new students who enroll in a Nature-based Early Childhood program in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. The intention of this fellowship is to recognize and support students in a certificate or Master’s program who will lead efforts to naturalize early childhood programs by developing nature-based curriculum and teaching approaches, and by developing school grounds or program settings to expand opportunities for nature play and learning. Each fellowship carries a $1,000 award; students with demonstrated financial need will be prioritized. Fellows are required to document and share aspects of their ongoing work as outlined in the application.
As a fellow, students will expand the nature-based opportunities available to a particular group of children through work as an early childhood teacher, paraprofessional, or intern. Specifically, students will commit to:
- Initiating and implementing developmentally appropriate outdoor activities with students, in accord with the culture of the program, at least one day/week
- Initiating and implementing developmentally appropriate nature-based activities inside the classroom, in accord with the culture of the program, at least one day/week
- Documenting elements of the nature-based curriculum for use in the program and to share at Antioch
- Designing a family engagement activity to share with the program or school community and Antioch faculty.