Cultivating Joy and Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, and Community

This guide is designed to bring education for sustainability into early childhood classrooms through engaging activities, essays, and resources that encourage children to explore and engage in the world around them. It is the product of Shelburne Farms’ years of experience in early childhood education and sustainability, both on the Farm and with their partners, the Sustainability Academy and King Street Center in Burlington, Vermont. It includes:

  • more than 75 “facilitated learning experiences” organized around four “threads” that flow through the seasons: Who Are We?, Who Lives Here?, What’s Happening?, and How Are We Connected?
  • background on the promising practices and approaches to education for sustainability adapted to be developmentally appropriate for early childhood classrooms
  • essays from educators sharing their experiences with education for sustainability
  • an appendix packed with handouts to support and extend the learning experiences

Published by Shelburne Farms