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Denver Botanic Gardens: The Classroom and Nature Play

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Gain an understanding of how nature is a useful and diverse tool for the early childhood learning space. Presentation and activities will include using evidence-based practices to develop classroom materials, curriculum, and management techniques. We will draw on individual experiences to help us use our imaginations to support optimal learning environments for young children.

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Course Delivery Method
Interactive Webinar. A device, such as a laptop or desktop computer, and internet access is needed to participate.

Target Audience
Early childhood educators, directors, and family childcare providers

Participants should have experience interacting with young children.

$15 for Denver Botanic Gardens members, $20 for non-members

Upon completion, learner will be able to:
  • Using presented research, identify three or more ways nature can be used in curriculum development and classroom organization to increase learning experiences for young children.
  • Name two ways which nature play helps social/emotional skills in young children and will choose two activities to implement in their classroom space supporting nature play.
  • Identify two scenarios for classroom opportunities for children to ask questions and find answers through exploration of natural materials.
This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

Teaching Practices 2.1. Identifies examples for maximizing learning experiences by supporting classroom organization (e.g., maximizing learning time and daily transitions, use of a variety of modalities and materials to promote learning, and establishing clear expectations).

Teaching Practices 25.1 Defines opportunities for children to ask questions and find answers through active exploration of materials in the environment.

Teaching Practices 35.1 Identifies environments and experiences that optimize children’s social-emotional development.


Current sessions
- December 4, 2020 2:30 - 4:30
- January 29, 2021 2:30 - 4:30

This course is being offered through Denver Botanic Gardens. Please register through the Denver Botanic Gardens website.  Training facilitators will forward attendance information to PDIS within seven days of event completion. Certificate will be available through your PDIS account. Please contact Chelsey Bardgett,, with any questions. 

Last Update 10/1/2020
Additional Information

This course has been recognized as aligned to The Colorado Competencies and meeting best practice standards for adult instruction through the Colorado Shines PDIS Training Alignment Process. The Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, issued by the Division of Early Care and Learning, Colorado Department of Human Services, take precedence over any course content.

To view Child Care Licensing Rules:

For more information, contact your child care licensing specialist.

Please note, instructors will mark your attendance and course completion in the Colorado Shines PDIS within seven days of the course event date. Paper certificates might not be issued at this training. You may confirm your course completion, view, and print an online certificate through My Dashboard – My PDIS Transcript menu navigation of the Colorado Shines PDIS. Please do not upload a course certificate that is already linked to your Colorado Shines PDIS account as this may delay processing of professional credentials.

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