‘Tis the Season Branch Program

Thursday, December 7, 1 – 3 pm ~ Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd.

This year Branch programs are focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. For children to succeed in today’s workplace these are critical skills. Midland’s Chippewa Nature Center, CNC, provides basic skills for young children entering school and reinforces these skills for youth in elementary grades. Their outstanding preschool nature program was featured on PBS. This program inspired the general meetings team to select CNC as our featured community program for December. You can watch the short PBS special at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/b-bug-preschoolers-make-nature-classroom.

CNC programs provide children with the opportunity to experience rich, nature-based programs under the guidance of caring, well-trained professionals who provide developmentally appropriate play-based learning in a safe environment. Many of the programs at CNC are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of members and local foundations. However, some of the most powerful programs – Nature Preschool and Nature Day Camp – are necessarily fee-based. It is CNC’s goal to make these programs accessible to children regardless of their family’s economic status.

CNC provides scholarships for Nature Preschool and Nature Day Camp through donated funds. For preschool, these funds are distributed to families for whom state-funded scholarships are not available. For camp, scholarships are distributed through schools based on criteria set by the school and through CNC based on financial need. The support of garden, civic, service, and education groups as well as interested individuals is critical for CNC to be able to offer scholarships for these programs to children in need.

In Nature Preschool, a child will have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to support success in kindergarten. In Nature Day Camp, campers engage in learning opportunities. Both programs provide critical opportunities for the child to develop a healthy relationship with the natural world.

By holding this meeting at Chippewa Nature Center, our members can experience nature all around them as they learn about what’s available for local youth. CNC’s Director of Programs Jenn Kirts will present an overview of the numerous opportunities our youth can experience in nature that support STEM education. You may also explore the nature trails after the program.

Holiday treats will be served with time to mingle. Bring your spouse or a guest. There is no charge for this program, but we do need you to RSVP so we can make preparations. Contact aauwmidland@gmail.com by Monday, December 4.

Members who are inspired by CNC’s youth programs will have an opportunity to support scholarships.

Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!

Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW!   If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues.  Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.