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  • 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. "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • These 6X-magnification children's binoculars make a perfect exploration companion, thanks to their sturdy design and handy size. They are relatively easy-to-use entry level binoculars which will enable children to enjoy nature observation. "Perfect for little hands. We are using our binoculars for bird watching (and sometimes squirrels:)" - Teacher, SD33
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • Help your students focus in on the incredible world of the small! This 3x magnifier is large, durable and user friendly for all ages. And it comes with a comfortable, creative & colourful lanyard so it doesn't get lost as easily. Ethical Elements: The magnifiers are sourced from a local supplier, and the lanyards are made of organic cotton, which is grown without pesticides from plants that have not been genetically modified. 100% biodegradable.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Great for teachers! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Purchase a gift card for yourself, or someone else (great teacher gifts!). If purchasing for someone else, you can select 'Send Gift Card to someone?' and they will receive notification of this gift. In either case, we will also email a beautiful .pdf gift card with their name, amount and gift card code. This can be printed if you want something to 'give' to the recipient. :)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Purchase a gift card for yourself, or someone else (great teacher gifts!). If purchasing for someone else, you can select 'Send Gift Card to someone?' and they will receive notification of this gift. In either case, we will also email a beautiful .pdf gift card with their name, amount and gift card code. This can be printed if you want something to 'give' to the recipient. :)
  • 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.
  • Purchase a gift card for yourself, or someone else (great teacher gifts!). If purchasing for someone else, you can select 'Send Gift Card to someone?' and they will receive notification of this gift. In either case, we will also email a beautiful .pdf gift card with their name, amount and gift card code. This can be printed if you want something to 'give' to the recipient. :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Designed for learners of all ages, and no previous water testing experience. We also offer field guides and training videos including step-by-step directions on how to use the different tests, understand the results, and record your observations in our app. This larger kit is a great way for schools and small organizations gather data on their local lakes and rivers. And our team would be happy to connect with you after purchasing to help you enhance your learning. 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 (conductivity, water temperature)
    • Conductivity meter calibration instructions + solution
    • Sample containers with lid
    • Testkit field notepad and pen
    • Waterproof phone case
    • 5 Whirl pak bags with 3 gloves
    • Field guide
    • CHEMets Dissolved Oxygen Kit (comes with 30 ampoules)
    • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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. :)
  • 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. :)
  • Purchase a gift card for yourself, or someone else (great teacher gifts!). If purchasing for someone else, you can select 'Send Gift Card to someone?' and they will receive notification of this gift. In either case, we will also email a beautiful .pdf gift card with their name, amount and gift card code. This can be printed if you want something to 'give' to the recipient. :)

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