early childhood education, environmental education, nature-based play
Hello everyone and thank you for coming to the very first open house of Mudpies & Dragonflies Nature Preschool where our kids spend everyday, rain or shine, wind or snow outside exploring the natural world! I’m Tyler Chisholm, the director and lead teacher here at Mudpies. I, for one, am incredibly excited to be here today because opening this school has been a dream of mine since graduate school at Western Washington University where I received my Master’s of Education in Environmental Education. But before we get started with what a nature preschool is and why I think this type of education is essential to young learners, I think it’s important to tell you a little bit of my story and how I found myself on this path to a nature preschool.
Chisholm, T. (2016). Mudpies & Dragonflies: The Value of Unstructured Play in Environmental Education. Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays, 1(1), 79-92. Retrieved from https://cedar.wwu.edu/s2ss/vol1/iss1/8
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