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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gearing up for Outdoors in the Garden State 2011

Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State.

After a long winter, it's time to get the kids outside AND bring the outdoors in!

Celebrate the Week of May 9, 2011.



Check out this video about the benefits of Outdoor Play.

Check back regularly for Activities and Events to Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Garden State Green Festival 2011

Want ideas on eco-friendly activities, recycled crafting, and sustainable program ideas, head to the
Fun-Filled, Planet-Friendly Festival

The Garden State Greenfest is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering children and adults, individuals and families, urbanites and small town folks to come together in their communities and workplaces to create a more sustainable planet for future generations. This year’s Garden State Greenfest will take place on March 18-20 at Kean University.


You’ll find so much to inform, inspire and entertain you at the Garden State Greenfest.
  • Presentations from exciting, knowledgeable speakers, celebrities, and activists.
  • Fun and interactive kids’ activities and workshops including composting with worms, organic gardening, trash audits, and animal conservation.
  • Educational workshops led by knowledgeable, passionate experts on topics like home energy audits, organic gardening, solar and geo-thermal energy, green cleaning and more.
  • Exhibitors showcasing all things green including organic food, clothing and household products, alternative energy, green building design, fair trade products and more Whether you’re already a green activist or a budding environmentalist, join us in Union, NJ March 18-20 as we celebrate our fourth annual festival!
It's Easy Being Green at GreenFest!
  • Bring your reusable water bottle and fill up with filtered water
  • Help us divert as much waste as we can from landfill!
  • Recycling for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal
  • All food waste and plates, cups, utensils, get composted in compost bins!
  • Get here with public transportation; Union Train station is right next door!
DATES
Friday, March 18, 2011: 10am - 2pm
Saturday, March 19, 2011: 10am - 4pm
Sunday, March 20, 2011: 10am - 4pm
VENUE
Kean University, Harwood Arena
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(directions)
PURCHASING TICKETS
Adults: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Children 17 and under: Free
Seniors 65 and over: Free on Friday. Proof of age required.
Tickets can be purchased here.
GARDEN STATE GREENFEST MISSION
To use information, inspiration and action to save the planet, one person at a time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NJ's Afterschool Water Science!

Looking for free resources and simple hands-on, inquiry basaed learning activities for your chidlren 4 grade and up?

Check out NJ's Afterschool Water Science

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (CASP)
The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project brings together the resources, technology, health and science of New Jersey to develop and integrate quality science and health education programs into afterschool programs. It engages adults and children in the joy of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of thinking critically about the 'why' and the 'how', and the freedom to pursue the questions about the natural world that intrigue and delight us.

It includes:
  • An informal, hands-on science curriculum infused with language arts and math skill that is appropriate for integration into afterschool, out-of-school time (OST) and extended-day settings
  • Use of a guided-inquiry approach to encourage student problem-solving and engagement and effective facilitation of science learning by non-scientists
  • Training and capacity-building through modeling of effective science learning and delivery, and on-site technical assistance that capitalizes on the strengths of OST staff and environments;
  • Family-involvement strategies which are integral to students' academic success
  • A guide to incorporating science-learning into afterschool and other OST programs, which includes research, strategies, resources and templates tailored specifically for afterschool providers and their staff.
The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (CASP) – to download entire curriculum, click here.

Free "Growing Up Wild" Workshop-10 Spaces Left

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.

Using a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world, as well as lifelong social and academic skills.

The workshop fosters confidence in early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and field investigation opportunities that correlate with the activities.

Each participant gets the activity guide, which is written especially for early childhood educators of children aged 3-7.

The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:

* Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
* Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide.
* Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.
* Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
* Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
* Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.

Cost:
FREE
Age Target: 3 years to 7 years of age

What:
Lunch and each participant gets the activity guide

When:
Tuesday, April 12th , 2011
10am-3pm

Where:
NJSACC Office
@ First Baptist Church of Westfield
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
CLICK HERE for DIRECTIONS

Telephone: 908-789-0259, NJSACC with questions

Training is limited to 25

To Register: CLICK HERE


The Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is offering a professional development workshops for early childhood educators in using Growing Up WILD.




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