Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

About Backyard Mama

Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
* classes in your school or childcare center
* classes for camps or nature centers
* professional development through conferences and workshops
* professional development designed for your staff
* community workshops at libraries and agencies

We're always excited to design something special just for you!


Linking to Nature Through Play

A Three Part Professional Development Series
Children’s Friend
Independence Square,
500 Prospect St.,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Part Onc: Restoring the Connection to the Natural World
April 4th, 2011 6:30-8:30 pm

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Children have an innate connection to nature and an eagerness to explore and discover it! In this workshop participants will learn stories, songs, games and movement that provide a foundation for outdoor experiences. The seeds of scientific inquiry are sown through ample play time outside and learning experiences in the classroom that seek to ignite interest and imagination.

Part Two: Tools of the Trade
April 11th, 2011 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

The book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv was first published in 2005 and has triggered a movement to connect children and nature. Since that time the Children and Nature Movement has taken shape and many dedicated educators and nature enthusiasts have researched, documented and developed programs, books, tools and materials to support educators and families in their efforts to get outside. We will explore these tools and work with them.

Part Three: Gather ’round the Campfire
April 18th, 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm


Participants will gain reflective time to bring it together and create plans to model the ideas discussed in the course with the children in their care. We will develop lesson plans that can be immediately implemented into any program. Participants will demonstrate experiences that pull from the materials gathered throughout the workshop and will offer a short “class” on Linking to Nature.

Cost: $20.00 per session or $50.00 for the three part series.
Constact Chris Salaun ( to register.

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2 Responses to “Linking to Nature Through Play”

  • abbie says:

    This sounds incredible! Want to host one in WI? I would love to learn from you and spread this kind of information to moms in my area.
    Hope you get a great turnout.

  • Shannon says:

    Abbie thank you, I’d love to come to WI. Let’s talk about that more!!!

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