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Enhanced Educator Outdoor Learning Kit

$165.00

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Available on backorder

This enhanced kit for educators helps them to take the next steps in deepening their outdoor learning practice.

  • Advanced Outdoor Sit Pad
  • Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard
  • Field Journal with Waterproof Paper
  • Field Magnifier with Lanyard
  • Teacher Resource – Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
  • Teacher Resource – Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies for Teaching
  • Comes in a Basic Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!

Enhanced Outdoor Sit Pad

Great for teachers and secondary or post-secondary students! Larger, more durable and more weatherproof than our basic sit pads, these are very comfortable and easy for older students and teachers to carry. This sit pad is enclosed in a waterproof fabric with waterproof backing and includes an over-the-shoulder carrying strap.

The Inside Scoop: While our basic outdoor sit pad is good, we knew we needed an enhanced option for those teachers and students who really wanted to keep their bottoms extra warm & dry. After years of cutting up foam camping pads, we found this one! Way more comfortable than a foam camp pad. :)

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Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard

Our clipboards are durable, weatherproof and made from recycled plastic!

This easy to write on surface provides a simple option for turning the outdoors into your classroom. :)

"The plastic clipboards are a game changer for outdoor ed." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5

Ethical Elements: Made from recycled plastic. Sourced locally. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: After looking high and low for a recycled clipboard that wasn't too cost prohibitive (if you think this one is expensive, you should have seen the prices of the other ones!) we found one right under our noses. Our friends Jaye & Shelli carry this one at their local office supplies shop! The manufacturer calls them 'indestructible'...and Jaye knows something about strength…he is a Canadian Paralympian for track cycling! Check him out here…

 

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Field Journal with Waterproof Paper

These journals have all-weather & recyclable writing paper that sheds water and enables you to write with a pencil anywhere, in any weather conditions! A versatile option for any conditions that mother nature throws at you. 50% of the proceeds of this go to Take Me Outside Canada.

The Inside Scoop: We know that writing outside can be a limiting factor for outdoor learning, especially in the rainy season! So we were thrilled when our friends at Take Me Outside got in touch with a solution. We know that this will help many to take their learning outside, despite the varied weather our country offers us!

 

Handheld Field Magnifier

Help your students focus in on the incredible world of the small! This 3x magnifier is large, durable and user friendly for all ages.

Please note that the lanyard shown does not currently come with the magnifier. We are working on a breakaway lanyard option that we will add to our store soon.

Ethical Elements: The magnifiers are sourced from a local supplier (see below). Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: It kills us to see those cheap plastic magnifiers that schools tend to use that get so scratched up. As a result, after months of looking for a magnifier that was durable, strong, scratch resistant and super user friendly for all ages, we found one right under our noses! Our friends Jaye & Shelli carry this one at their local office supplies shop. And Jaye knows something about strength...he is a Canadian Paralympian for track cycling! Check him out here...

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Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry

This second edition of Natural Curiosity supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. The driving motivation for a second edition was the burning need, in the wake of strong and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to situate Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian educational settings and curricula, most notably in connection with environmental issues. Printed on 100% recycled paper.

"The text is an excellent balance of theoretical perspectives illustrated with practical examples from a range of classrooms. I particularly enjoyed drawing on the actual transcripts from teachers and students as they engaged in knowledge building discourse and explored students’ questions. The content also complements education transformation that is occurring in British Columbia right now." - Professor, Vancouver Island University

285 pages

Ethical Elements: Printed on post-consumer recycled paper. This resource is offered in partnership with Natural Curiosity, an initiative to develop and disseminate an inquiry approach to environmental learning, reaching public school educators and making a difference in school communities across Turtle Island. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: We first became aware of Natural Curiosity's work at the NAAEE conference in Ottawa in 2014. Since then we've worked closely with their team to offer a variety of workshops and training opportunities for educators.

Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies for Teaching

This practical guide for all educators (K-12) encourages young people to connect with the natural world and create a more sustainable, ecologically secure planet. It is designed for use with any curriculum to give students opportunities to engage their bodies, emotions, and imaginations in the world around them. Cultivating ecological understanding requires reimagining the human world as part of, not apart from, nature.

Drawing on an approach to teaching called Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE),Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education includes tried-and-tested activities for students, step-by-step examples for shaping curricula by using tools of the imagination to cultivate ecological understanding, and strategies for implementing Imaginative Ecological Education in any school setting—urban, suburban, or rural.

Author Gillian Judson, PhD, is Executive Director of the Centre For Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (www.circesfu.ca) at Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching are primarily concerned with the role of imagination in all learning, with a particular focus on imaginative, Place-based teaching practices.

"Every teacher needs to own this book! Dr. Gillian Judson shows how to keep students engaged and connected in Ecological Education by using their imagination.  There are activities you can follow and adapt for any K-12 student.  After you have read the book you will have all the tools to create your own program and the reasons why it is important to do so.  This book is full of insightful information that all twenty-first century teachers need." - Teacher, K-5 Team Lead

148 pages

The Inside Scoop: Gillian has been such a fantastic & enthusiastic person to work with! She conveys her ideas succinctly with clarity, and we were thrilled to be able to work with her on piloting our first 'Earthy Chat's podcast! (see below)

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Basic Backpack (made from recycled pop bottles!)

These lightweight & affordable backpacks allow each student to store & transport their outdoor learning equipment & resources.  The size of main pouch is 45cm high x 32.5cm wide x 25cm deep. Straps can be manually adjusted for length. They are suitable for grades 3+ (including teachers!) but can be adjusted to make shorter for younger/smaller students.

Ethical Elements: Made from recycled pop bottles, and sourced for a socially ethical supplier. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: After looking at dozens of options, this one rose to the surface as one that was affordable, modelled sustainable practices, fit a variety of ages and had a adequate volume. And we were very pleased to work with a company that has very high ethical standards to source this!

 

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Description

This enhanced kit for educators helps them to take the next steps in deepening their outdoor learning practice.

  • Enhanced Outdoor Sit Pad
  • Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard
  • Field Journal with Waterproof Paper
  • Field Magnifier with Lanyard
  • Teacher Resource – Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
  • Teacher Resource – Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies for Teaching
  • Teacher Resource – Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
  • Comes in a Basic Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!

Additional information

Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions 36 × 37 × 8 cm
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