NEWPORT -- United Christian Academy needs classroom volunteers for the upcoming school year to help with the Four Winds Nature Program. Eight workshops are scheduled, once a month, over the course of the year.

Four Winds's Nature Program encourages curious kids to explore nearby nature and ask questions, and then gives them the opportunity, knowledge and skills to discover the answers. Each month in over 100 schools across northern New England, 1500 adult volunteers lead Nature Program workshops with 15,000 students in hundreds of K-6 classrooms. Four Winds's Nature Program includes over 40 individual lessons grouped to illustrate five broad natural science concepts. Throughout the year, children explore one of these concepts in depth through a series of eight monthly workshops.

Far from being a canned curriculum, the Nature Program provides hands-on science education intimately tied to the students' own community. The schoolyard becomes a resource rich classroom where children interact regularly with the natural world. They learn to use appropriate tools, including all their senses, for observation and collection of data. They practice problem solving and experimentation in science investigations. They learn to look at the familiar with fresh eyes and ask productive questions about what they observe.

Volunteers do not need a science background, just a desire to help and flexibility to serve. This a great opportunity to be in the classroom and the students really enjoy it. To be a volunteer with the Four Winds program at UCA, contact Wendy Lippmann at wendysoxfan@yahoo.com or 334-7926. To find out more about Four Winds's Nature Program, call (802) 353-9440 or email info@fourwindsinstitute.org. Also, visit their website: www.fourwindsinstitute.org.

The school will also be hosting it's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Fest, Clay Shoot and Chili Cook Off on Sept. 22. Proceeds from this event will benefit UCA. For more information, call 802-334-3112.

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