Seventh Generation Education: A permaculture Teacher Training for Child & Youth Educators is our new name for our Foundational teacher training course. The course is six full days (Monday through Saturday) from 8:45 to 5pm each day, with an introductory evening the Sunday before (5pm-8pm).  There is an Introduction to Permaculture weekend (8:45am-4pm) the Saturday and Sunday leading up to each Foundations course for those participants without prior permaculture certificate or comparable 12-hour intro to permaculture.

Seventh Generation Education is a professional and personal development opportunity designed for parents, teachers and mentors of children ranging in age from early childhood to high school who desire to explore how education reform intersects with the environmental & social movements.  Through learning about permaculture ethics, principles and methods as they relate to school, classroom, community, curriculum and teaching design, this course illuminates ways that permaculture can be applied to all aspect of teaching and weaves best practices of both implicit and explicit methods as essential elements of your teaching design. 

Each day includes interactive lectures, activities and workshops applicable to teaching all ages. Over the years, we have developed an interactive, customized, mentorship model of learning, so that no matter how much background in permaculture and/or teaching an individual brings to this course, their knowledge will deepen. In fact, we have had course participants return to this course again and again!

The course is experiential, modeling a diversity of teaching techniques while covering the following topics:

  • Application of PC Principles to Teaching
  • Nature Skills, Crafts & Activities
  • Movement & Games as a Foundation for Learning
  • Temperaments, Child Development & Classroom Management
  • Customized Curriculum Development
  • The Basics of Site Design
  • Learning Styles, Diversity and Social Justice
  • Forest & Garden-Based Learning
  • Therapeutic Storytelling

Scroll down for more information and for TWO registration options - the Foundations course *only* or the Foundations + Intro course. Please read ALL information on this page before completing the registration process. 

This course illuminates ways that permaculture can be applied to all aspects of teaching and weaves in best practices of both implicit and explicit permaculture methods as essential elements of your teaching design. This course is very hands-on. We teach to many different learning styles as a way to model doing this for children. Each day begins with a morning activity designed to model teaching to different age groups, followed by interactive lectures, activities and workshops.

There is a final project due at the end of this course. Participants need to be prepared to work outside of class in order to complete this assignment, which is customized to support work that participants need to do in preparation for the upcoming school year. You will receive instructor and peer evaluations and will be issued a certificate of completion by the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children when the assignment is completed.

This course schedule has been carefully designed to support the needs of the participants. We therefore require all participants to attend the whole course in its entirety. Unless an exception (extenuating circumstances only) is approved by the teachers in advance of the start of the training, we will not issue certificates to anyone that comes late or leaves early. If you are flying in from out of town to take this course, please schedule flights and ground transportation that arrive with plenty of time to settle into your housing AND to arrive on time to the orientation evening. Please do not schedule a departing flight any earlier than 8pm on the last day of the course (Saturday). The last day of the course is the final project presentation and attendance is required. 

If you do not currently have a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificate, or have not completed a 2-day/12-hour equivalent of an Introduction to Permaculture, we require that you take this into immediately prior to the full course. Choose this option to purchase both the Intro (9am-4pm Sat and Sun) and the full course (Sun 5-8pm, Mon - Sat 9am-5pm).