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Early Childhood nature conference Saturday at new UW-River Falls

Area educators will be able to take part in an interactive nature exploration workshop Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the new University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Center on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River.

The conference, "Art and Music in the Child's Garden of Play, "will include nature experience and small group workshops. Art and nature educators will guide learning and share ideas for hands-on learning.

According to conference organizers, strategies to support young children in exploring natural wonders through art, music, scientific observation and literacy will be practiced.

Workshop facilitators include Hilree Hamilton and Geri Padellford.

Hamilton teaches music education courses at UW-River Falls. She is a regular visiting music instructor and also taught elementary and middle school and choral music for 25 years in Kansas and Minnesota. Hamilton has presented workshops and conferences sessions throughout the United States.

Padellford teaches art to grades K-8 at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School and St. Matthews School. She challenges students to problem solve and communicate while exploring cultures and history through in-depth art production. She has taught preschool, elementary and middles school art for 15 years in four different states.

The conference is sponsored by UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Hot lunch will be provided. Cost for the program is $55.

All participants are eligible for corresponding continuing education credits and one or two UW-River Falls undergraduate/graduate credits. For information, contact Linda Onan at 715.425.3562 or e-mail