Canadian Outdoor Learning Spring Virtual Workshop Series

To support professional learning for educators, our Canadian Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store is pleased to offer free virtual workshops with the authors/developers of resources available for order in our online store. Each of these workshops is 60 mins in length, and will include a short presentation, time for discussion, and a Q&A session.

We are able to offer a certificate of attendance for anyone who requires this. At the end of each workshop there will be draw prizes for a $50 gift card for the Outdoor Learning Store and 2 Take Me Outside Field Journals with Waterproof Paper.

Offered in partnership with: 

Imaginative Ecological Education

4PM Pacific, Tuesday, April 20
With Gillian Judson

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Join Gillian Judson of imaginED and the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University as she shares some of her work around engaging students with their natural and cultural contexts, which is a central aim of Imaginative Ecological Education, or IEE.

Through cross-curricular practices like The Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018), IEE can help develop students’ sense of Place and leave them feeling connected in different ways with the contexts in which they live and learn.

This webinar will introduce learning principles and practical Place-based teaching strategies that can help students engage with the mystery and wonder of the world around them as they meet curricular objectives.

Two of Gillian’s books are available on our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store:

The Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

4PM Pacific, Tuesday April 27
With Author David Sobel

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We invite you to join author and renowned place-based learning expert David Sobel who will share insights from his resource book, The Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Forest Classrooms and Nature Kindergartens.

David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He consults and lectures internationally on place-based education, children’s relationship with nature and nature-based early childhood education. Read more…

Two of his books are available for order from our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store:

Water Testing Resources & Equipment for Educators

4PM Pacific, Tuesday May 4
With Laura Gilbert from Water Rangers

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Join Water Rangers’ Laura Gilbert (Community & Research Coordinator) to learn about their water education resources. These include testing kits, downloadable activity sheets, their brand new teacher’s guide, and more.

Water Rangers builds the tools to help classrooms, 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 communities.

We are pleased to offer 2 different freshwater testing kits on our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store:

Teaching Kids and Teens about Climate Change

4PM Pacific, Thursday May 6
With Green Teacher Editor, Ian Shanahan

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Teaching climate change to young learners is a balancing act. How can we lead explorations of difficult truths without overwhelming young minds and further exacerbating eco-anxiety?

Join this interactive workshop where we touch on systems thinking, kinesthetic learning, youth empowerment, solutions-oriented collaboration, and facilitating measurable local change. Opportunities to discuss challenges and insights are included in this collective virtual experience.

While there’s no magic, catch-all solution, we offer a collection of tried and tested hands-on activities from Green Teacher’s popular books Teaching Kids About Climate Change and Teaching Teens About Climate Change.

We are pleased to offer both of these resources on our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store:

The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry

4PM Pacific, Thursday May 13
With Haley Higdon of Natural Curiosity

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Join Haley Higdon of Natural Curiosity to learn about the 2nd edition of their resource, The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry. This resource 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.

We are pleased to offer this resource in French and English on our Outdoor Learning Store:

Inspiring Environmental Learning through Music & Song!

4PM Pacific, Thursday, May 20
With Teacher and Eco-singer Remy Rodden

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In this “voices-on” workshop, we’ll investigate the wonderful world of “envirosongs” or “songs for environmental education”. Veteran educator and eco-singer Remy Rodden will lead you in a few tunes to lift your spirits and celebrate the natural world.

He’ll also share some tips on how to use music and song to supplement your teaching for different grades, some song-writing ideas and where to find other resources. You’ll also be invited to share your success stories using music as a launchpad for environmental inquiry.

We are pleased to offer both of Remy’s albums on our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store!