Course: What Are We Doing Here? Hope and Intention in the Nature Center Profession

Aug 25 2021


Wednesdays, Aug 25–Oct 27, 3-5pm ET

Preregistration is required by Tuesday, August 17, 2021 for this live virtual ten-week series.

This 20-hour course from the Cincinnati Nature Center will give context to your paid or volunteer work at nature centers. Discover helpful resources, discuss strategic decisions in programming, and gain a big-picture overview from which you can better articulate your perspective when assisting staff in program planning, during job interviews, or when contributing to the field as a volunteer or graduate student. You may be inspired to dive deeper into topics such as conservation psychology, behavioral change theory, nature study, and civic engagement as we take a very broad look at where nature centers started and where they may be headed. Reading assignments will be given weekly.

Course Learning Outcomes — Students will be able to answer the following questions in the context of their own career goals and experiences:

  • What are nature centers, how do they differ from similar institutions, and where are they headed?
  • Who were/are major contributors to the field?
  • Who should nature centers serve?
  • Why and how do nature centers serve children?
  • What outcomes can nature centers expect to achieve?
  • Is civic engagement something that nature centers can/should address?
  • What is advocacy and what does it look like at nature centers?
  • How can a theory of change improve communication and clarify assumptions?
  • Where can best practices, helpful resources, and current research in environmental education be found?
  • What are some current assessment tools for nature center programs?
  • What fields beyond interpretation and environmental education are shaping the profession?

Registration includes 20 hours of virtual learning via the Zoom platform! Your link to attend the meeting will be sent in a follow up email a week before the program starts. If you have additional questions or do not receive your link, please contact Connie O'Connor at .

Cost: $125 per student (includes the entire ten-week series).

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