Nurturing A Sense of Wonder

A Program for Parents and Pre-K through 2nd Grade Educators

Saturday, February 23, 2013

10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Please bring a bag lunch)

Place: The Treehouse at Timberlake Farm Earth Sanctuary

            1501 Rock Creek Dairy Road, Whitsett. NC 27377

Limited to 16

Fee: $65


The program is now full.


Led by Sandy Bisdee


We will begin our day by exploring the growing separation between the child and the natural world and the consequences of this separation for the healthy development of the human child. Following our dialogue, we will shift our attention to nurturing our own inborn sense of wonder. How do we nurture a sense of wonder amidst the hustle and bustle of our everyday world? How can we bring the natural world inside our homes, centers and classrooms through storytelling, hands-on materials and games? We will end our day outdoors, engaging in practices that will awaken us (and the children we serve) to the wonder, beauty and intimacy of the natural world. These are practices developed at the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World that can be experienced in any setting.


Director of Children's Programs, Sandy Bisdee, completed her Association Montessori International (AMI) Teaching Certificate in 1979. She brings over 30 years of experience as an educator of young children to her work at the Center. An avid gardener, naturalist, storyteller and musician, Sandy has engaged in a deep study of Native American perspectives. She completed her certification in the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program in 2009. Sandy brings to her work a lifetime of loving children and of loving the earth and of finding ways to bring the two together!


Nurturing a Sense of Wonder:

A Staff Development Program for Pre-School and Kindergarten Educators

Fee: $250 for a 3-hour program, $500 for a 6-hour program

(To book a program for your school, please contact the Center at beholdnature@aol.com)


Led by Sandy Bisdee


“Nurturing a Sense of Wonder” is a staff development program for the faculty of Preschools and Kindergartens that can take place at the Center or at your school. The day begins with an exploration of the growing separation between the child and the natural world and the consequences of this separation for the healthy development of the human child. Following our dialogue, we shift our attention to nurturing our own inborn sense of wonder. How do we nurture a sense of wonder amidst the hustle and bustle of our everyday world? How can we bring the natural world inside our centers and classrooms through storytelling, hands-on materials and games? We end our day outdoors, engaging in sensory practices that will awaken us (and the children we serve) to the wonder, beauty and intimacy of the natural world. These are practices developed at the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World that can be experienced in any setting.


(We are happy to offer CEU credits through your school)

“. . . From wonder into wonder

Existence opens.”


~ Lao-tsu