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See what educators are saying about Growing Up WILD by reading their testimonials below.

"This is truly a valuable resource.  It is so difficult to suggest nature/science curriculum for pre-service and experienced teachers, alike. This is the ultimate example of content integration with creative and critical thinking, while engaging and addressing the needs of all children... an amazing package all in one!  Its overall layout is clear and well organized.  The alignment with developmentally appropriate practices is revealed in each and every section of each unit -- what a great way to support and encourage all early childhood educators to include nature in many ways."


- Dr. Kathryn Jenkins, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education from UH-Downtown


"The Illinois Head Start Association greatly enjoyed the Growing Up WILD training that the Council for Environmental Education provided to our Education Staff Directors at no charge to us. At a time when children are so disconnected from nature and the outdoors, this educationally enriching program was the right choice at the right time. Growing Up WILD encourages hands –on learning and lots of movement and exploration while building on essential Head Start Domains. The activity guide is leader friendly, bright and colorful with loads of ideas for centers, math connections, vocabulary and music and movement. A wonderful introduction to using nature to teach our kids!"

-  Lauri Morrison-Frichtl, Illinois Head Start Association

"The Project WILD activities are wonderful for getting children to clearly understand the concepts related to how living things interact.  I have used this program with children in kindergarten to adults.  In the first 12 years of my teaching I taught kindergarten and had to adapt many of the WILD activities to meet their needs.  The Growing Up WILD guide was an answer to my prayer.  If you want most teachers to use the materials, you have to give them the complete package.  You did that with Growing Up WILD!  It is a gem and I have received nothing but praises from the preschool and primary grade teachers I have provided training to for the guide. "

-  Janice Kerber, Director of Education, John Dr. MacArthur Beach State Park (FL)

"I am a preschool teacher in Jacksonville and I had the pleasure of  being a part of a training at our school a couple of  weeks ago. I wanted to let you know that we are eager to take what we learned from and get our students to "Grow Up WILD"!  The curriculum book is also great... possibly the best one I've seen and I know I will put it to good use."

-Diane Campbell, Jewish Community Alliance

"Our school has used "Growing Up WILD" as a resource for the past 6 months.  Not only does it have wonderful activities for the Preschool and Pre K classrooms, but many of the activities are easily adaptable for the toddler classrooms. We can use it to generate a thorough curriculum which includes math, literature, music and social skills in addition to science and nature. It offers activities and ideas that inspire my teachers and expand their own knowledge and teaching styles."

- Donna Gorman, Goddard School (Westford, MA)


“We had a training for our staff over the 'Growing Up WILD' curriculum last year. We made it our Summer Enrichment Program this past summer. The curriculum was very easy to follow and the parents were so pleased with all the information the children learned.”

-Christie Fitts, Director of The Early Childhood Program, St. Paul Catholic Church (Nassau Bay, TX)


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