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Early Childhood Education Program

Taking Care of Our Earth
SWANCC's 30-minute educational program is designed for children four through eight. Concepts include the environmental R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, as well as respect for our environment. Many visual aids are used to convey each concept and teachers will receive resource materials and activities for follow-up lessons. 

There is no cost for this program to schools located in a SWANCC-member community. To schedule please completely fill out the Early Childhood Presentation Request Form in the "Documents" section.

For a glimpse into the presentation, watch the video to the right. 

Program Purpose:
The focus of SWANCC's "Taking Care of Our Earth" presentation is to help young children understand the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as their role in being responsible stewards of our environment.

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About Katie Nahrwold:
Katie Nahrwold, M.Ed., attended National-Louis University receiving her Masters in Education with a specialization in reading, and her undergraduate degree at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She is certified teacher and certified reading specialist. Katie has taught many grade levels, but primarily sixth through eighth grades and with 3 to 5 year-olds teaching early literacy skills.

Katie has always been an environmentalist at heart - loving to reuse items for crafts and reducing waste - but as a middle school teacher in 1995, she created an integrated problem-based curriculum unit on "Garbology" to explore solutions to environmental issues and problems. Since then she has been active in several organizations and local community groups to educate and initiate environmental awareness.

In 2011 she founded the Area School Environmental Group, which focuses on networking and sharing environmental best practices for teachers, parents, and administrators, and she continues to manage the group with over 150 members and over 80 schools and community groups. Katie also founded Go Green Kenilworth, co-founded North Shore Green Women, and was involved in the development and growth of the Joseph Sears School's Outdoor Classroom in Kenilworth.

When not educating and raising environmental awareness, Katie is an active volunteer at her church, a Girl Scout leader, and loves to run, read and spend time with her husband and four children. 


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