• Published by our Indigenous partners at Strong Nations, Groundswell is a collection of stirring and passionate essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers that, together, present a compelling message about how traditional Indigenous knowledge and practices can and must be used to address climate change. The chapters eloquently interconnect, taking us from radical thinking to the gentleness of breath, demonstrating that we are all in this together, that we must understand what needs to be accomplished and participate in the care of Mother Earth. Authors tap into religious and spiritual perspectives, explore the wisdom of youth, and share the insights of a nature-based philosophy. These collective writings give you a chance to contemplate and formulate your own direction. A moral revolution that can produce a groundswell of momentum toward a diverse society based on human rights, Indigenous rights, and the rights of Mother Earth. With 208 pages, beautifully illustrated with photographs, Groundswell is augmented with video recordings from the authors and a short documentary film, available on the project’s website. Profits from the book will help support the videos, documentary, and future projects of The Call to Action for Climate Change. Visit www.envisionthebigpicture.com.
  • Sila and the Land is the story of a young Inuk girl who goes on a journey across the North, East, South and West. Along the way Sila meets different animals, plants and elements that teach her about the importance of the land and her responsibilities to protect it for future generations. Three young Indigenous women came together to write a children’s book that could help share perspectives on the land common across First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This includes a shared respect for the earth and an understanding of our responsibilities to protect it for future generations. In order to convey these perspectives in the story, the authors spoke with youth from a number of Indigenous communities across Canada. They asked about why the environment was important to each of them and what land based teachings and experiences were significant to their identities and cultures. Their responses helped shape the book, offering examples of things Sila could learn from the land during her journey travelling across the North, East, South and West. It is important to note that while there are shared perspectives across Indigenous communities there are also many differences. This book does not claim to represent any specific cultures or teachings, but instead encourages children and youth to seek out knowledge from the territories that they are living on. It also aims to inspire other young Indigenous writers and illustrators to believe in their gifts and the power of their stories. This book is supplemented by a number of curriculum-linked learning activities.

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    Created as part of Climate Action 150 with support from TakingITGlobal and GreenLearning Canada, and financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.
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    A portion of the proceeds of the book will go toward the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and their work bringing attention to the impacts of environmental violence on Indigenous health, rights and justice.
  • Beloved by educators and embraced by readers, The Heart of a River is BACK IN PRINT.

    This story of the Columbia River is unique. Told from the river's perspective, it is an immersive, empathetic portrait of a once-wild river and of the Sinixt, a First People who lived on the mainstem of this great western river for thousands of years, and continue to do so even though Canada declared them "extinct" in 1956.

    The book's re-release comes at a critical time for natural systems and for reconciliation with Indigenous people across North America. The Colville Confederated Tribes, representing over 3,000 Sinixt people, recently won a precedent-setting case in the Supreme Court of Canada affirming that Aboriginal Rights do not stop at the border. The important story of the Sinixt weaves together with the ongoing ecological impact of hydropower development on the Columbia and its tributaries.

    This is a book for anyone, of any age, who cares about rivers. Central to the story is the joyous spirit of salmon, once a free swimmer in the Columbia's currents north of the border but now blocked from ancestral spawning grounds by Grand Coulee and other dams. Restoring migratory fish indigenous to the upper Columbia will require transboundary cooperation. With Indigenous Nations on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border now leading the way, many are hopeful that the fish will return.

    Lavishly illustrated by Nelson, B.C. designer Nichola Lytle, this portrait of a globally significant river will inspire anyone who reads it to care about the future of the salmon, a fish that unites all of us in its quest for freedom and possibility.

    Releasing the second edition of this book has been a joint effort of the authors, Wildsight, and the Sinixt people of the Colville Reservation, with generous support from the Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network. Proceeds from book sales support local youth to attend Wildsight's Columbia River Field School.

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    Ktunaxa artist Carol Louie provided the art for the feather and ideas for the design. Robert Louie (Ktunaxa) and Denice Louie (Athabascan) completed the design work in collaboration with their summer youth worker Gabe Kobasiuk (Cree). Robert Louie is a residential school survivor. Most of his siblings also went to residential school. “The heart with the broken lines was used to show how the residential school affected our people, our connections, our teachings. Though fractured, the hearts of our people continue and remain strong. And in all of our hearts, at the center of our communities are the little ones, our future – represented by the child’s hand. The eagle feather honours and recognizes all the children who were forced into residential school.” These flags are 36" x 72" (standard size flag) and come with grommets on the top and bottom of the left side. They have been smudged with sweetgrass and sage to honour the missing and the survivors of Residential schools. Each order will be accompanied by a letter from one of our Indigenous Advisors, and a copy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. $15 from the purchase of each flag will be directed equally between the Orange Shirt SocietyThe Legacy Of Hope Foundation and the Residential School Survivors Society. Any remaining proceeds will go towards outdoor and land-based learning charities and non-profits that are endeavoring to do their part to deepen understanding and take action towards reconciliation. We have posted a number of Indigenous Learning Resources that we encourage you to learn from and share.

    "Please join us and begin this journey of healing for all Indigenous people by flying this flag in honour of all the missing children and to the survivors of these schools. Your support is so important to all of Canada and the flag reminds us that we all have work to do to unmask the truth."

    - Jenna Jasek, Shuswap Band Member and Indigenous Advisor, Canada's Outdoor Learning Store

  • This lanyard with a 'breakaway' function was designed by Strong Nations in collaboration with Algonquin artist Don Bonner. It features the message "Every Child Matters" and a feather design. This can be paired with our handheld field magnifier. If you order these together we will attach them when they go out to you.  
  • The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world. This rich, fully illustrated compendium features:
    • Nature-based skills and activities such as species identification, photography, journaling and the judicious use of digital technology
    • Ideas, games and activities grounded in what's happening in nature each season
    • Core concepts that promote environmental literacy, such as climate change and the mechanisms and wonder of evolution, explained using a child-friendly, engaging approach
    • Lists of key species and happenings to observe throughout the year across most of North America.
    Perfect for families, educators, and youth leaders, The Big Book of Nature Activities is packed with crafts, stories, information and inspiration to make outdoor learning fun!
  • This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of beetles, bugs, spiders, flies, aquatic insects and everything in-between. It also identifies the differences between different types of invertebrates, the eight major groups of insects and tips on identifying species in the field. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
  • Get up close with nature with our 2-Way Nature Viewer! With a 6x and 4x magnification, looking at nature, including aquatic invertebrates, is fun, easy, and clear.

    "The two-way nature viewer is the ideal tool for making close observations of living and non-living things both in the classroom and out in nature! My students come alive with wonder and curiosity when they use these magnifiers to observe rocks, sticks, flowers, insects and even aquatic invertebrates using this magnifier (it has a shallow lip that can contain water). It is durable, easy to pack up and bring along on our learning adventures!" - Teacher, Rocky Mountain School District

  • Sit pads are a great tool for transitioning your learning outdoors year-round! This one is extra comfy, easy to carry, and the exterior is made from waterproof 600 Denier Polyester with PVC backing and filled with soft, shredded, recycled foam. Ethical Elements: The padding for these sit pads is repurposed foam that would otherwise be discarded. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: More durable than our basic sit pad, and more affordable than our enhanced sit pad, this easy-to-carry outdoor seat is also stuffed full of recycled materials!
  • Strong Stories is a collection of 48 books for elementary students which share Indigenous stories and knowledge from across Canada. They offer students information and ideas for connecting more deeply with the land. Written, published and illustrated by Indigenous people from across Canada, this collection offers a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Please note we are only offering this as a set right now as a way of encouraging the exposure of students to a broader range of cultures and stories from across Canada. And purchased as a set in this way each book is less than $10 each.
    Authors:
    • Celestine Aleck (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Salish; Coast Salish; Snuneymuxw;)
    • Michelle Corneau (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Haudenosaunee (Iroquois); Kanyen'keha:ka (Mohawk);)
    • Leah Marie Dorion (Indigenous Canadian; Métis;)
    • Bill Helin (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Tsimshian (Ts'msysen); Tlingit;)
    • Cecilia John (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Dakelh (Carrier); Saik'uz;)
    • Bobbie Wildman (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl); Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw;)
    • Sally Williams (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl); Gwawaenuk;)
    Artists:
    • Leah Marie Dorion (Indigenous Canadian; Métis;)
    • Cole Good (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Salish; Coast Salish; Snuneymuxw;)
    • Joel Good (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Salish; Coast Salish; Snuneymuxw;)
    • Bill Helin (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Tsimshian (Ts'msysen); Tlingit;)
    • Cecilia John (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Dakelh (Carrier); Saik'uz;)
    • Monica Wysotski (Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Haudenosaunee (Iroquois); Kanyen'keha:ka (Mohawk);)
     
  • These 8x21 National Geographic pocket binoculars are suitable for children ages 6+. They have a compact and attractive design. Their fully coated BK-7 optics and solid mechanics enable a true color picture replication. These models have diopter compensation and foldable eyepieces for kids who wear glasses, and they also come with a functional bag. Ethical Elements: Offered in partnership with National Geographic, with all proceeds going back into conservation efforts. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We tested out numerous models over the years, and for the price, this is one of the best quality student binoculars available. While they don't compare to your $200 binos, for kids they are easy to use and the optics are reasonably good. The Inside Scoop: We tested out numerous models over the years, and for the price, this one is the best quality that we found. While they don't compare to your $200 binos, for kids they are easy to use and the optics are reasonably good. Certainly a high quality option for this price!
  • Colin Harris, Executive Director of Take Me Outside, recently published this book which shares his 9-month running journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, visiting over 80 schools along the way to engage with 20,000 students about the importance of spending time outside learning, playing, and exploring in the Canadian landscape. With one of the biggest and best backyards in the world, people across Canada are spending the vast majority of their time inside. Yet, our identity as Canadians has always been rooted in our relationship with the outdoors. This wildly entertaining book not only recounts what it’s like to run across the world’s second-largest country but also implores readers of all ages to reignite their connection with the natural world. “This is a compelling story told by an honest, sincere and thoughtful dreamer who refused to give up. Want to stop feeling guilty and unfulfilled because of all that time you spend in front of a screen and in indentured zoomitude? Go, behold! Learn and be inspired by the vastness and stunning beauty of this great land. Take Me Outside!” - Robert W. Sandford, Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health; author of some 30 books, including Our Vanishing Glaciers; Water, Weather and the Mountain West; The Anthropocene Disruption; and Cold Matters. Take Me Outside believes in a future where spending time outside learning, playing and exploring is a regular and significant part of every student's day. Take Me Outside (TMO) works collaboratively with other organizations, school boards and individuals to encourage children and youth to spend more time outside through various projects and initiatives. TMO is a registered non-profit that has been operating across Canada since 2010.
  • Evoking Wonder and Developing a Sense of Place A Walking Curriculum provides easy-to-use, child-centred and developmentally appropriate activities that make outdoor learning – regardless of whether you’re surrounded by trees or concrete – memorable, meaningful and fun. Printed with ink that is chlorine-free and the acid-free interior paper is Forest Stewardship Council certified. "Fabulous resource to get your kids outside for more than just “a walk” but a walk with purpose and relevance! Great read for educators wanting to embrace outdoor education." - School District 47 Principal 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. 62 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)
  • Designed for young learners, and no previous water testing experience. Tiny, lightweight and convenient for quick sampling. Water samples can be taken anywhere quickly and easily. And our partners can provide additional resources and support to help enhance your learning. This tiny kit can be used by 1 to 2 students. Each kit contains…
    • Thermometer (air temperature)
    • 10 test strips (pH, alkalinity, hardness)
    • Field sheets to write results
    • Tiny Field guide
    • 1 sticker
    • All contained in a soft zippered pouch
  • The familiar Monarch butterfly is one of over 5,000 species of butterflies found in the diverse ecosystems of North America. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 70 familiar and unique species and includes information on their life cycle and features illustrations of common caterpillars and pupae. This convenient guide is an ideal, portable source of practical information and ideal for field use by educators and learners alike. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages - teacher tested & approved! :)
  • This fascinating guide reviews the status of the world’s top pollinators, how they are built, behave and reproduce in the wild and in managed colonies. It also highlights some of the most familiar and unique species and what you can do to help conserve and protect these important creatures. This convenient guide is an ideal, portable reference for educators and learners of all ages. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages – teacher tested & approved! 🙂
  • The School Garden Curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship. The book offers:
    • A complete K-8 school-wide framework
    • Over 200 engaging, weekly lesson plans – ready to share
    • Place-based activities, immersive learning, and hands-on activities
    • Integration of science, critical thinking, permaculture, and life skills
    • Links to Next Generation Science Standards
    • Further resources and information sources.
    • A model and guide for all educators, The School Garden Curriculum is the complete package for any school wishing to use ecosystem perspectives, science, and permaculture to connect children to positive land ethics, personal responsibility, and wonder, while building vital lifelong skills.
    Download The School Garden Curriculum worksheets here The Inside Scoop: This resource comes highly recommended by our resident classroom garden guru, Megan Zeni! Megan offers an abundance of resources and support for teachers on her website.
  • This introductory kit for educators offers the essentials to support teachers in taking their learning outdoors.
    • Outdoor Sit Pad
    • Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard
    • Field Journal with Waterproof Paper
    • Teacher Resource - Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors
    • Teacher Resource - A Walking Curriculum Teacher Resource: Evoking Wonder and Developing a Sense of Place
    • Comes in a Basic Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
  • 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!
  • This enhanced student backpack allows students to deepen their exploration of the world outside their classroom. Items in backpack come fully unpackaged, assembled & ready to use.
    • Recycled Clipboard
    • Outdoor Sit Pad
    • Weatherproof Field Journal
    • National Geographic 8x Binoculars
    • Field Magnifier
    • Dip Net
    • Pond Guide
    • Animal Tracks & Traces Guide
    • Comes in a Basic Student Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
  • This basic student backpack offers the essentials to assist teachers in moving the classroom outside! Items all come in a student backpack fully unpackaged, assembled & ready to use!
    • Recycled Clipboard
    • Outdoor Sit Pad
    • Animal Tracks & Traces Guide
    • Weatherproof Field Journal
    • Comes in a Basic Student Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
  • Designed this kit for people of all ages, and even easier to use and carry with this new design! No previous testing experience required. Our field guides and training videos include step-by-step directions on how to use the different tests, understand the results, and record your observations in our app. This kit is a great way for students and organizations to gather data on their lakes and rivers, without breaking the bank.
    Each kit contains…
    • Thermometer (air temperature)
    • Secchi disc (water clarity or depth)
    • A pack of 50 test strips (pH, alkalinity, hardness)
    • Container to collect used test strips
    • Conductivity meter (tests for conductivity, TDS, and water temperature)
    • Conductivity meter calibration instructions + solution
    • Sample containers with lid
    • Testkit field notepad and pen
    • 3 Whirl-Pak bags with 3 gloves
    • Field guide
    • CHEMets Dissolved Oxygen Kit (comes with 30 ampoules)
    • Container to collect used dissolved oxygen
    • 5 stickers and 3 badges
    • Reacher stick
    • Magnet reminder of this year's testing dates
    Ethical Elements: These kits are offered in partnership with Water Rangers, a Canadian organization which builds the tools to help citizens and scientists easily record and analyze water data so that they can use the data to learn about problems, share discoveries and engage with their neighbours. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: Our friends at Living Lakes Canada put us on to Water Rangers, and boy are we glad! Their team has been fantastic to work with, and we're excited to be able to connect anyone who purchases this to their team.
  • Designed for learners of all ages, and no previous water testing experience. Compact, lightweight and convenient for quick sampling. Water samples can be taken anywhere quickly and easily. And our team can provide additional resources and support to help enhance your learning. Compact, léger et pratique pour un échantillonnage ou un voyage rapide. Ce kit est idéal pour les naturalistes aventureux et avides. Des échantillons d’eau peuvent être prélevés n’importe où rapidement et facilement. Each kit contains…
    • Thermometer (air temperature)
    • Test strips (pH, alkalinity, hardness)
    • Conductivity meter (conductivity, water temperature)
    • Sample container
    • Mini testkit field notepad
    • Waterproof phone case
    • Reacher stick
    • 3 Whirl pak bags
    • Mini Field guide
    • 3 stickers and 2 badges
    • All contained in a hard case with carabiner
    Ethical Elements: These kits are offered in partnership with Water Rangers, a Canadian organization which builds the tools to help citizens and scientists easily record and analyze water data so that they can use the data to learn about problems, share discoveries and engage with their neighbours. Read more about our ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: Our friends at Living Lakes Canada put us on to Water Rangers, and boy are we glad! Their team has been fantastic to work with, and we're excited to be able to connect anyone who purchases this to their team.
  • Help your students focus in on the incredible world of the small! This 3x magnifier is large, durable and user friendly for all ages. Lanyards are sold separately. We are pleased to offer an Every Child Matters lanyard with a breakaway function. These are designed by Strong Nations in collaboration with Algonquin artist Don Bonner. It features the message "Every Child Matters" and a feather design. 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...
  • This product is available in a convenient 30-Pack option. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects and other invertebrates, trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by naturalists of all ages. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
  • This product is available in a convenient 30-Pack option. Students can explore the diversity of life with these easy-to-carry fold-out field guides featuring: Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers covering all provinces in Canada! These guides are laminated to provide weather resistance. Ethical Elements: All guides are printed on post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!  
  • Standard mesh dip nets are perfect for collecting small fish, tadpoles, and aquatic invertebrates. This net features a rigid vinyl-coated twisted wire handle that can be bent if required. If blue nets aren't available due to high demand, we will send red nets instead unless you indicate otherwise in your order notes. The Inside Scoop: We looked high and low for months for a basic aquatic dip net that was affordable and available in the quantities that we'd require. In the end, our friends at WildBC were able to direct us to a company that's in our area, and is great to work with!
  • In Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years, Juliet Robertson offers a rich resource of ideas that will inspire you to tap into the endless supply of patterns, textures, colours and quantities of the outdoors and deepen children's understanding of math through hands-on experience. Juliet believes being outside makes math real. In the classroom environment, math can seem disconnected from everyday reality - but real maths is really messy. Lots of outdoor play and engaging activity along the way is a must, as being outside enables connections to be made between the hands, heart and head, and lays the foundations for more complex work as children grow, develop and learn. Following on from the success of Dirty Teaching, Messy Maths reimagines the outdoor space through a mathematical lens - providing a treasure trove of suggestions that will empower you to blend outdoor learning into your teaching practice. It is not a 'how to' guide, but rather an easy-to-use reference book replete with ready-to-use games and open-ended ideas designed to help children become confident and skilled in thinking about, using and exploring abstract mathematical concepts as they play outside. Many of these ideas and activities are also beautifully displayed in full-colour photographs throughout the book, making it even easier to jump straight into outstanding outdoor learning opportunities. 242 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted UK author Juliet Robertson in hosting in-person professional development sessions (photo below) we've been hooked! Juliet is a pro at providing easy to access ideas applicable to a range of ages and types of educators.
  • Teaching About Invasive Species is designed as a tool kit. Educators will find in Green Teacher’s new book the innovative perspectives, program ideas, games and activities that they need to engage young people from 6-19 years of age in this challenging topic. Invasive species, if unchecked, will continue to have significant negative impacts on our environment and on our economy. Fortunately, the spread of many invasives can be checked. To succeed, we’ll need effective education strategies to be widely deployed. This book aims to fill that gap. Included in its pages are descriptions of 11 innovative, youth education programs, and 20 ready-to-use activities that are appropriate for various age groups. 74 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher -  a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about out ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
  • Through academic research, practical examples, and step-by-step strategies drawn from classrooms, celebrated author David Sobel celebrates teachers who emphasize the connection of school, community, and environment. Place-Based Education uses the local community and environment as the starting place for curriculum learning, strengthening community bonds, appreciation for the natural world, and a commitment to citizen engagement. David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. “Literally a landmark book, Sobel’s book belongs in the hands of every teacher in this country as a practical and inspiring guide to combining field and classroom in educating students. He offers a wealth of practical experience as well as documentation of how students and communities profit from place-based education. Parents and educators of all kinds will cherish Sobel’s work.” —Ann Zwinger, teacher & author of The Nearsighted Naturalist and Downcanyon" 147 pages Read about out ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted David on a series of in-person workshops, we were hooked! Before adding this resource to our store, we tested it with hundreds of educators with rave reviews. His philosophy, approach and ideas are deserving of his world renowned reputation.
  • Author David Sobel walks readers through the nitty-gritty facts of running a nature-based program. Organized around nine themes, each chapter begins with an overview from the author, followed by case studies from diverse early childhood programs, ranging from those that serve at-risk children to public preschools to university farm programs to Waldorf schools. David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. 254 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted David on a series of in-person workshops, we were hooked! Before adding this resource to our store, we tested it with hundreds of educators with rave reviews. His philosophy, approach and ideas are deserving of his world renowned reputation.
  • Sing along with topical tunes on this 2020 "envirosongs" album! Top titles on this album include "Let's Get Drastic With Our Plastic", "I'm Proud to Be A Beaver", "L'eau est notre plus beau cadeau" and "Please Take Us Outside Teacher". These songs are a perfect complement to classroom (and/or outdoor!) studies! Enviro-singer Remy Rodden—a bilingual, rich-voiced teacher and biologist – is committed to helping children learn about nature. Remy’s many years as an adventurer, camp leader, educator and entertainer uniquely position him to delight and "edutain" family audiences. He draws on his experience of countless school presentations, travels and performances in all continents (yes, even Antarctica) and a wilderness life in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He is a certified teacher with specialization in biology, environmental science, outdoor, and experiential education and puts them to full use in his music. The Inside Scoop: One of our team members has been using Remy's music in his environmental education programs for the last 20 years. Our team hosted him at the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference where he played a series of live events. One listen to his catchy tunes, and you'll be hooked!
  • The classic tried-and-true album of environment and conservation songs, for kids of all ages. Includes the award-winning "What's That, Habitat?" (part of United Nations music compilation to celebrate the Earth Charter) and singable tunes about cycles in nature, biodiversity and First Nations perspectives. Kids may remember these messages for a lifetime! Enviro-singer Remy Rodden—a bilingual, rich-voiced teacher and biologist – is committed to helping children learn about nature. Remy’s many years as an adventurer, camp leader, educator and entertainer uniquely position him to delight and "edutain" family audiences. He draws on his experience of countless school presentations, travels and performances in all continents (yes, even Antarctica) and a wilderness life in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He is a certified teacher with specialization in biology, environmental science, outdoor, and experiential education and puts them to full use in his music. The Inside Scoop: One of our team members has been using Remy's music in his environmental education programs for the last 20 years. Our team hosted him at the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference where he played a series of live events. One listen to his catchy tunes, and you'll be hooked!
  • L’importance du point de vue autochtone dans l’enquête dans l’environnement de l’enfant Le présent document est un excellent outil pour l’enseignante ou l’enseignant de même qu’un incitatif pour l’élève à découvrir le monde qui l’entoure. Il encadre l’enquête dans l’environnement, enquête qui est façonnée par les questions et les hypothèses formulées par l’élève – sa curiosité naturelle – pendant qu’il explore son environnement. C’est un document qui encourage l’enseignante ou l’enseignant à trouver sa façon à elle ou à lui de tirer parti de la faculté d’émerveillement de l’enfant et de bâtir une culture d’apprentissage communautaire ciblée, adaptée et grandement motivante. Dans cette deuxième édition de Curiosité naturelle, on découvre plus en détail l’apprentissage environnemental vu par les Autochtones. Avec cette découverte, on ne peut que remettre complètement en question la place que l’on occupe dans le monde. Le point de vue autochtone de cette édition donne le coup d’envoi d’un dialogue qui permet à l’enseignante ou à l’enseignant de découvrir la vision autochtone des choses et à l’élève de tisser des liens durables avec le monde naturel.
  • Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
    • New York Times Bestseller
    • A Washington Post Bestseller
    • Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub
    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.” (Elizabeth Gilbert). 390 pages The Inside Scoop: Since hearing her speak at the 2017 Canadian Environmental Education Conference in Wolfville, we've been inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer's work. We are thrilled to be able to offer Braiding Sweetgrass as one of our offerings!
  • 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)
  • Rather than overwhelm teenagers with the daunting challenges facing humanity, the focus of this new book is to help them move from despair to empowerment and appreciate the many solutions that are already being implemented to mitigate climate change. Developed by educators from across North America, the collection includes activities that explore basic concepts such as carbon pricing and climate change denial. Car trip reduction plans, bike-a-thons, and public transit investigations are a few of the transport-related activities. How to organize a climate change summit or share local examples of climate change with peers in other regions are two other notable activities found in the book. In an era where public opinion is shaped by emotional appeals and unsubstantiated personal opinion, never has it been more important to provide teens with opportunities to engage in hands-on, minds-on activities that allow them to explore the complex issue of climate change. The teaching strategies provided in this 80-page, large format paperback will engage students and help them develop the critical thinking skills they will need as citizens of this era. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. 76 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
  • Use this to build your custom outdoor classroom kit! Once purchased, you take some time to identify and purchase the specific equipment and resources that your classroom needs to support your outdoor & environmental learning. You can choose from any of the resources or equipment listed on our website to build your custom classroom outdoor learning kit! Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs. :)
  • Use this to build your custom outdoor learning classroom kit! Once purchased, you take some time to identify and purchase the specific equipment and resources that your classroom needs to support your outdoor & environmental learning. You can choose from any of the resources or equipment listed on our website to build your kit! Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs. :)
  • Build your custom outdoor learning school kit! Once purchased, you can work with us to select the specific equipment and resources that your classroom needs to support your outdoor & environmental learning. You can choose from any of the resources or equipment listed on our website to build your custom classroom outdoor learning kit! Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs. :)
  • Build your custom outdoor learning school kit! Once purchased, you can work with us to select the specific equipment and resources that your classroom needs to support your outdoor & environmental learning. You can choose from any of the resources or equipment listed on our website to build your custom classroom outdoor learning kit! Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs. :)
  • School Districts can purchase this to support their schools in taking their learning outdoors. Once purchased, school districts and/or their schools can take some time to select the specific equipment and resources they need to support their outdoor & environmental learning. They can select from any of the resources or equipment available on our website. Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to speak with you about this opportunity to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs in your school district. And as always, any proceeds go back to outdoor and environmental learning non-profits that support schools.
  • School Districts can purchase this to support their schools in taking their learning outdoors. Once purchased, school districts and/or their schools can take some time to select the specific equipment and resources they need to support their outdoor & environmental learning. They can select from any of the resources or equipment available on our website. Our Outdoor Learning Team would be pleased to speak with you about this opportunity to support you in identifying the best resources & equipment to meet your outdoor learning needs in your school district. And as always, any proceeds go back to outdoor and environmental learning non-profits that support schools.
  • 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. Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water with like colors. Hang or lay flat to dry only. Do not machine wash, do not machine / tumble dry. Do not bleach. 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!  
  • Teachers - it is very helpful to have a few of these in your backpack for when your students forget their outdoor gear. These rain jackets are very portable, stow-able, reusable, made from PEVA and they come in a handy pouch. They are designed to offer freedom of movement, while providing shelter from the weather. The length of the coat and arms allow size flexibility to accommodate the average size of student in grades 2 to 6. Ethical Elements: Reusable & made from PEVA. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We were told by so many teachers that we had to have this, if we were opening an outdoor learning store! After testing a variety of models, we found this one, which offered the quality and flexibility we were looking for. And we put it to the ultimate test - one of our team members stood in the shower for 10 minutes under full blast, and when he took it off, he didn't have a drop of water on his clothes!
  • These weather-resistant closed-cell foam sit pads are comfortable and easy to carry. They fit in a student backpack, making it easy for educators to move students into a comfortable learning space outdoors. They stay pliable in cold weather to keep your students comfortable. Please note: If students pick at these, or if they are rubbed on very rough surfaces, this will decrease the life of the sit pad. For a more durable option, check out our Enhanced Outdoor Sit Pad. "Easy to carry around and access while outside. Kids can carry outdoor learning seats easily with a clipboard." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5 Ethical Elements: Options for repurposing sit pad. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We knew we had to source find a good quality but affordable sit pad if we wanted to open an outdoor learning store. After years of cutting up foam camping pads, we found this one! Way more comfortable than a camping pad, and we've tested this one in all conditions, and have had great feedback.
  • 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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    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…  
  • 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!  
  • This small field guide titled '?a-kxam̓is q̓api qapsin' (All Living Things) features 23 common BC plants, including beautiful colour images, their description, habitat, and traditional uses by the Ktunaxa people in SE BC. Ethical Elements: This resource is offered in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation Council which has the vision of having strong, healthy citizens and communities, speaking their languages and celebrating who they are and their history in our ancestral homelands, working together, managing their lands and resources, within a self-sufficient, self-governing Nation. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.
  • 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.
  • This 72 card set highlights 65 plants from the Pacific Northwest (Cascadia). Offering beautiful colour images, these cards provide traditional Indigenous plant uses and feature several Indigenous languages. While these are somewhat weather resistant, we recommend you keeping them in a ziplock bag (or equivalent) for safe keeping. Ethical Elements: These cards are offered in partnership with Strong Nations - an Indigenous owned and operate store and publishing house. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have had so many educators rave about these! One of our store's Indigenous advisors brought this to us, and we jumped on the opportunity to partner with Strong Nations to offer this. A fantastic resource!
  • This product is available in a convenient 30-Pack option. Take your class on a tracks and traces wildlife scavenger hunt! This Animal Tracks & Traces Guide provides a beautiful simplified field reference to the tracks, signs, and scat of over 65 familiar North American species. It also features a ruler and and is laminated to provide weather resistance. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
  • This practical resource book offers tips and tricks to help any teacher develop variety in their teaching. One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it, and this book will give you the confidence to do it. It contains a wealth of ideas that allow teachers and parents to encourage outdoor learning and improve student participation. All you need is your coat, a passion for learning– oh, and bring the kids too! "This is an amazing resource for grades K-5 teachers. The book even includes examples of outdoor monthly calendars of easy things you can add to your schedule starting from the first day of school and a handy chart that helps to cross reference ideas to subject areas. After reading the book (and keeping it within reaching distance), any teacher should feel confident in starting the outdoor learning process for both themselves and their students." Juliet Robertson is one of the world's leading education consultants who specializes in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organizations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people. 214 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted UK author Juliet Robertson in hosting in-person professional development sessions (photo below) we've been hooked! Juliet is a pro at providing easy to access ideas applicable to a range of ages and types of educators.
  • Apprendre pas à pas est une ressource innovatrice interdisciplinaire pour les éducateurs du préscolaire, du primaire et du secondaire qui veulent permettre à leurs élèves d’apprendre en dehors des murs de l'école. Les marches éducatives proposées peuvent être réalisées dans n'importe quel contexte et permettent de développer le sentiment d’appartenance des élèves et d’enrichir leur compréhension des matières scolaires. Les 60 activités centrées sur la marche présentées dans cette ressource sont fondées sur les principes de l'éducation écologique imaginative. Elles sont conçues pour toucher les émotions et l’imagination des élèves dans une démarche d’éveil au lieu, à leur communauté naturelle et culturelle, et place leur questionnements au centre des apprentissages. Dr Gillian Judson enseigne à la faculté déducation de l'Université Simon Fraser en Colombie-Britannique, au Canada, en plus d’être directrice administrative du Centre For Imagination In Research, Culture, And Education (CIRCE) (www.circesfu.ca).
  • To help educators tackle this essential but challenging topic with K-8 students, this new book includes 20 age-appropriate activities that can be undertaken at home, in school classrooms, outdoor spaces and in the community.  Within the 80 pages of this large format paperback, you will find many useful pathways to guide young people towards an understanding of this complex topic. Its detailed, practical activities are designed to enhance climate literacy and to increase understanding of renewable energy, sustainable transportation and technologies, and the many ways that individuals and communities can reduce their carbon footprint. The collection includes activities that introduce basic concepts of climate literacy, such as energy forms, urban heat islands, and the difference between weather and climate.  Walking school buses, green commuting challenges and public transit investigations are a few of the transport-related activities.  Building model solar cars and solar cookers and studying passive solar house design are a few of the energy-oriented activities included in the book. Rather than overwhelm young people with the daunting challenges facing humanity, the book’s focus is to help them to appreciate the many solutions that individuals, organizations and governments are already implementing to mitigate climate change. The overall goal of the book is to introduce basic concepts and to help cultivate a sense of wonder about the natural world. 74 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
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