Expert talks at COA about place-based education

RELEASE COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS NOTED EDUCATOR ON CHILDREN AND NATURE David Sobel speaks on “Making School more like a Farmer’s Market” CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470,

BAR HARBOR, ME-Nature is essential to the development of whole children, according to David Sobel, a noted expert on connecting children to nature and the concept of place-based education. Sobel, of Antioch New England, will give a talk titled “Making School more like a Farmer’s Market” at College of the Atlantic at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in McCormick Lecture Hall.

According Sobel, director of Teacher Certification Programs at Antioch University, when children have access to free play in natural areas, they all do the same things. They make special places, go on adventures, develop fantasy games, go hunting and gathering, and fashion small worlds. This is true around the country, and around the world. This form of childhood play is essential to development. It can also lead to environmental values and behaviors in adulthood.

Sobel’s talk will focus on the state of children’s connection to nature at the beginning of the current century, as well as how place-based education fits within the sustainable communities movement. He will also provide a portrait of place-based education across undergraduate education. He is COA’s visiting Friend of Education for 2011.

Sobel, who holds an MEd, was co-founder of the Harrisville Children’s Center in Harrisville, NH, is the author of a number of books, including “Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities,” “Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators,” and most recently, “Place-and Community-based Education in Schools,” co-written with Greg Smith. He serves on the editorial board of Encounter Magazine and is currently working on two new books, one on parenting with nature and another on connecting schools, communities and local environments. An article in Edutopia describes Sobel as “Lighting up minds to the wonders of their world.”

For more information on Sobel’s talk at COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 25, contact Judith Cox at or (207) 801-5685. Or call 288-5015.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell

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