The Cedarsong Way and Bogs Boots Seasonal Grant Opportunity!
The Cedarsong Way recognizes that not everyone has the same access to nature and/or outdoor education experiences as many in our wide network of families and educators may have. The reality is, often, low income communities and communities of color are those affected most with this lack of access.
As leaders in the field, it is important for us to be active in the work of making these experiences more accessible for everyone. In collaboration with Bogs Boots we have grants available for Outdoor Education programs and projects serving children and communities of color.
The Cedarsong Way® Nature Pedagogy, is distinguished by a commitment to 100% outdoor time and complete nature immersion, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style & authentic play.
We are thrilled to offer this series of 60 minute community conversations based on The Cedarsong Way. They are free and open to anyone who would like to join in.
ONLINE FOUNDATIONS COURSE
This introductory online course covers the basics of The Cedarsong Way Pedagogy:
our educational philosophy, foundational principles, and the benefits of forest kindergarten and nature immersion programs.
Meet our Beloved Founder
Internationally recognized as a leader in the Forest Kindergarten movement, Erin Kenny dedicated two decades to developing and refining The Cedarsong Way® Nature Pedagogy, which is distinguished by a commitment to 100% outdoor time and complete nature immersion, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style and authentic play. Nature Immersion, as Erin defined it, is “unstructured free time in nature, resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world”. The Cedarsong Way® is also a compassion-scaffolded method of teaching, where educators guide and coach children toward being respectful, mindful, aware of and empathetic towards all of nature’s living beings.
Erin was a pioneer and a visionary, deeply passionate about connecting children with nature. Although her passing in October 2018 has had a profound impact on many, her powerful spirit lives on in all those she touched and all those dedicated to carrying on her inspired work. The Cedarsong Way® non-profit organization is designed to do just that.
Created by Erin’s sister, Molly Lannon Kenny, and Robin Rogers, co-founder of Cedarsong Nature School and co-author of both Nature Notes Journal: Documenting Your Emergent Curriculum and Teaching the Cedarsong Way: Lessons from an award-winning Forest Kindergarten, our goal is to empower others to connect children with nature through the continuation of The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training programs, Accreditation of Cedarsong schools, and speaking events.
“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.”
– Erin Kenny, Founder, Cedarsong Way
Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way Book
The Cedarsong Way Foundations training
Nature Notes Journal
Cedarsong Way Residential Teacher Trainings
Due to Covid 19, we have suspended all of our Cedarsong Teacher Trainings at this time.
Please join us for our weekly Tuesday afternoon offering "Cedarsong Conversations"
as a way to connect with the community during this time of social distancing.
Cedarsong Way Accreditation
We are now accepting applications for school accreditations! Check here for requirements, benefits and application.