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Nature's Classroom Institute, the nation's premier environmental education program, creates customized and individual experiences for every teacher and student. 

December 2014

NCI Designed Ornaments for the Holidays

The design of these charming metal ornaments was inspired by Geoffrey Bishop, Nature's Classroom Institute Director, and Deepa Shreekumar, Children's House Directress, to celebrate the holidays. The ornaments highlight the Montessori principles of a lifetime filled with learning, peace and being a global citizen. Each ornament is reasonably priced at $15/each. Call the NCI office to order at 800.574.7881.

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Wetlands in a Pan

The students will create model wetlands to examine the effects of flooding, soil erosion, and agricultural run-off. They will discover that wetlands not only absorb excess water, they also absorb and collect some of the pollutants that are in the water.

Make a Terrarium

A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. It is housed in just about any glass container and is planted to look like a miniature garden or forest enclosed in its own little world. Create a terrarium mini-garden as a holiday gift or for your student to enjoy!
Please consider Nature’s Classroom Institute in your 2014 Year-End financial giving. Your gift will help hundreds of children experience learning in an innovative and exhilarating way. Make your gift of financial support to NCI and support our mission. Give your 2014 year-end tax deductible contribution today!

To Catch a Comet

Rosetta is a spacecraft on a 10 year mission to catch the Jupiter-family comet "67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko" (C-G). It is the first spacecraft to soft-land a robot on a comet! Rosetta is the first spacecraft to accompany a comet as it enters our inner solar system, observing at close range how the comet changes as the Sun’s heat transforms it into luminous apparitions.

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NCI Director to Bring Nature Back to Children at AMS

Nature's Classroom Institute Director, Geoffrey Bishop, will present, "Bringing Nature Back to Children" and "Science for the Elementary Student" at the American Montessori Society Annual Conference in March 2015. These presentations will demonstrate the benefits of nature and share ideas and strategies for placing nature in the center of your school's core philosophy.

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Latest Playgrounds Making Play Fun Again

A new generation of playgrounds allows kids to interact with nature, to manipulate objects as they play imaginatively, and even to experience some physical risk. This reflects a cultural shift in North America, in how we approach public space and, incrementally, how we worry about our children.

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Mukwonago WI


NCI Mukwonago is surrounded by 600 acres of woodlands and open prairies. Mukwonago is just under an hour and a half from downtown Chicago, between Madison and Milwaukee. The beautiful property is surrounded by such geological and environmental wonders as a living bog and Kettle Moraines.

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