Great project! I am sure you already are incorporating his work - but just thought I'd put it out there - David Sobel is amazing on this topic!
We are a preschool campus based program - we are fortunate that within walking distance we can create collaborations with a farm and farmer, a pond (with tadpoles and frogs, and a library (where we have an art show every year). Because we visit these places regularly - we often incorporate mapping into our curriculum. We also have a beautiful relationship with an ancient sycamore tree across the street from the nursery school. The children visit it regularly, take it gifts, sit beneath its branches for picnics. We invite an Aroborist to join us on our walk to the sycamore tree a few years ago and she taught us how to measure the height and age of the tree.Best wishes,
I am excited to hear about the place based curriculum. I have approached the topic from a different angle. Because many preschools can not get out or don't have interesting places around them, I created a field trip website that is produced by South Florida PBS. The website is free. But if preschool teachers need CEU or In Service hours they can pay a minimum fee for the credits. The website is http://www.KidVisionPreK.org. The site hosts 100 virtual field trips. They are each 8 minutes long and concentrate on learning standards that are naturally found at the location. With each field trip there is an instructional video for teachers so they are alerted to the standards that are presented in the field trip. Also included are standard based lesson plans and student assessments and Take Home pages. All in English and Spanish. My thought in developing the program was that if teachers or parents could also go to these places they could compare and contrast the experiences and would have supporting lesson plan activities. It would be interesting to see how Place Based could be enhanced with technology or the other way. A thought. I would love to hear more about how you set up and follow though your field trips.