Small Wonders
Nurturing connections between children and nature

Small Wonders is an educational consulting company specializing in nature and science for early childhood. Services include:

  • Teacher workshops
  • Nature education
  • Inquiry-based science
  • Teaching residencies
  • Curriculum development
  • Using nature to cross disciplines
  • Building literacy through science and nature
  • Nature play area/natural schoolyard consultations
  • Assistance with site design and use planning

Patty’s book, Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is available now!

Patty Born Selly
About Me
Patty Born Selly, Founder of Small Wonders

Patty has been involved in nature and science education for over a decade. Accomplishments include:
  • Curriculum development and education planning for early childhood and early elementary grades; as well as upper elementary and middle school
  • Teacher training on science education for early childhood (clients include Childrens Home Society and Family Services, Head Start)
  • Teaching residencies in grades K-6 as a naturalist-in-residence and environmental educator
  • Teacher of early childhood and homeschool science classes at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Instructor for Graduate school at Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education
  • Patty has a Master’s Degree in Education, with a focus on Natural Sciences and Environmental Education from Hamline University
  • Patty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education through Metropolitan State University’s First College

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Activities for a Greener Earth

My book on kids and nature

Small Wonders Blog

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Small Wonders Blog

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Children are naturally curious and inquisitive, and your approach to science teaching will set the stage for later years of positive, joyful learning. It starts with a sense of wonder and grows.