Early childhood programs at the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar:
Title: Reconnecting Children with Nature – Growing Up Wild – Early Childhood
Instructors: Susan Anderson of Iowa Head Start, Des Moines
& Anita Fisher of the Emmet County Conservation Board
Agency: Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Location: Loess Hills Prairie Seminar – Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area, 178th St. and Oak Ave.,
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Cost: $30 per participant
Credit: 4 clock hours (DHS)
(CDA Content Area – Steps to advance children’s physical & intellectual development)
Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder and nature.
Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up Wild provides an early foundation for
developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills.
Pre-registration is required. Registration is on the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar registration form, available April
22 on the Northwest Area Education website, under Upcoming Events. Those registering for this workshop are
offered free registration to the seminar. Meals may be ordered on the registration form.
For those interested in staying for the afternoon, a special session is being offered at 1:15, KinderNature for
adults, parents, and early educators will be taught by Jill Ticomb of the O'Brien County Conservation Board.
She will teach some easy ways to get children outdoors no matter what your resources are. Participants will
learn easy activities that can be transferred to your backyard, school yard, or local park. There will be an
opportunity to try out some activities during a walk in the Hills.
There is an opportunity for licensure renewal or graduate credit at a special price for those interested in
attending the entire seminar. The seminar begins with an indoor program in Onawa on the evening of June 4,
includes the workshop on Saturday morning, a session in the afternoon, a program in Onawa that evening, and
a morning session on Sunday, June 6. There are many sessions offered at each time and educators are able to
earn credit for the seminar without taking the workshop. The program for the seminar will be on the NWAEA
website by April 22. Pre-registration for this credit is required on the NWAEA website. Free registration for the
seminar is also offered.
For more information, feel free to contact Dianne Blankenship, Coordinator of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar at