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About the Brains on Nature Fellowship

Brains on Nature Fellows are current PK-12 educators from Colorado public schools who are interested in delving deeply into the theory and practice of nature based learning (NBL), putting their experience to use with their students & colleagues, & helping grow an equitable nature-connected learning movement.

The 2023-2024 cohort will be comprised of 2 educators each from our partner rural school districts.

2023-2024 Partner Districts:

  • Delta County School District 50J

  • Garfield School District RE-2

  • Lake County School District R-1

  • Cañon City Schools - Fremont RE-1

  • Montrose County School District RE-1J

  • Clear Creek School District RE-1

**The 2023-2024 cohort is FULL. If you want to become a Fellow in 2024-2025 and/or think your district should be participating, reach out to Becca - 

We are always on the lookout for folks to support the Brains on Nature Fellowship! Please click the owl if you can help out.

Nature Retreat

The Fellowship begins with a 5-day, 4-night immersive retreat in nature in which participants draw inspiration from other practitioners and from nature, deepen their knowledge of nature-based learning, and receive training to bring back to colleagues. They leave ready to implement nature-based learning in their sphere of influence and primed to share nature-based learning skills with their colleagues.


*Fellows receive a $500 stipend for the retreat + $200 NBL materials gift card.

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Professional Learning Community

Fellows meet monthly (Zoom) during the school year to share successes, discuss challenges, brainstorm solutions, and reflect. The cohort community maintains momentum and provides stability and shared accountability. Fellows enjoy camaraderie in this professional learning community.


*Fellows receive $45/meeting attended; $405 across 9 meetings.


Nature-Based Learning Trainer-Champions

Through a train-the-trainer model, Fellows develop their leadership skills and capacity to facilitate Good Natured Learning's Teaching Students Outdoors (TSO) workshop. Then, Fellows bring NBL back to their district by facilitating TSO with colleagues.

*Fellows receive a $500 stipend after facilitating their first TSO workshop with colleagues.


Sharing + Closing Mini-Retreat

Fellows share their work during the annual Children & Nature Network Conference, a keystone event attended by hundreds of children and nature advocates from around the world. During the conference, the cohort gathers for a mini-retreat to reflect, celebrate, and provide feedback on the Fellowship experience.

*Fellows receive up to $1000 reimbursement for conference

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