2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

We are excited to offer this new series in partnership with Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!

  • Registration is free and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
  • Workshops are 60 minutes and will take place on Thursdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern.
  • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the bottom of this webpage.
  • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link through which they can access a certificate of attendance.
  • If you can’t attend the live workshop you can still request a certificate after you watch the recording.
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Outdoor Learning Tips, Tricks, Tools & Resources

Thursday, September 16 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
With Jade Harvey-Berrill and Farheen Kadwa of the Take Me Outside & Outdoor Learning Team

Join Jade Harvey-Berrill, Farheen Kadwa and a diversity of other educators from our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners will share tips, tricks, tools and resources to enhance your outdoor learning practice. Whether you are new to this and looking for starting steps, or you are a seasoned outdoor educator, this group will be sure to offer you some insights that you can put into your teaching practice.

In addition to her work with Take Me Outside, Farheen also works with WWF Canada in marine conservation, and she helps run a not-for-profit organization, Hijabi Ballers, which supports and celebrates Muslim women who play sports. In addition to her work supporting outdoor learning, Jade hosts youth rock climbing and outdoor skills camps, is a Level 1 Professional Mountain Bike Instructor and also runs a variety science workshops and field trips for K-12 in schools.

Registration opening soon! 

Indigenous Resources & Perspectives for Outdoor Learning

Thursday, September 23 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
With Faye O’Neil, Indigenous Advisor to Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store

Faye O’Neil is Ktunaxa and a member of ?aqam just outside of Cranbrook, BC. Her career in Aboriginal Education spans 22 years and she presently works for Southeast Kootenay School District 5 as an Aboriginal Education Coordinator, and is also on the board of directors for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN).

Explore Faye’s perspective around outdoor learning related to her understanding and knowledge of her Ktunaxa roots and being born to the land. She will discuss the resources offered in the Indigenous section Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store and offer her point of view on how you can braid these resources into your classroom and livelihood.

Registration opening soon! 

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Thursday, October 14 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
With Christina Pickles from Get Outside & Play!

Play is the best way children learn in the early years and the best place for play is outdoors! Following the lead of the children and supporting them with the time, space, materials and permission is our role as adults. What does that really look like? We will explore this together and you will come away with practical ideas and resources to support outdoor play in the early years.

Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. For the past 7 years she has focused on outdoor play in the early years and now believes that it is the best way children connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.

Registration opening soon!

Take Me Outside Day & Week!

October 18 – 22 – During the school day
With the Take Me Outside Team and their Outdoor Learning Partners

Join Take Me Outside and their Outdoor Learning Partners for a week of activities and events that you can engage your students in! From deepening connections with Indigenous perspectives, to increasing our understanding of how outdoor learning affects our well-being, this will be an educational and engaging week for students of all ages!

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. They coordinate initiatives such as Take Me Outside Day, Take Me Outside Week, and the Take Me Outside for Learning School Year Challenge.

Registration opening soon!

Place-based Education: Finding the Good in the Pandemic

Thursday, November 4 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

With David Sobel, World-renowned Place-based Learning Expert

Outdoors and place-based education got a big boost during the pandemic.  Administrators and teachers realized that moving learning outside was a good way to avoid viral transmission.  Once they were out there, they needed to adapt their approach to teaching – it had to be more real. And teachers also realized that students were more engaged and attentive.  Let’s explore what educators learned from pandemic-inspired outdoors learning and look at some good practices in place-based education from across North America.

David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He consults and lectures nationally and internationally on place-based education, children’s relationship with nature and nature-based early childhood education. He is the author of a number of books, including Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms to Communities which is available at Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store.

Registration opening soon!

Game of Groans: Winter is Coming!

Thursday, November 18 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

With Dave Quinn, Outdoor Educator Extraordinaire

Outdoor learning offers a host of social, mental, and academic outcomes for your students that they can benefit from year-round. Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will share some ideas, tips, and tools to extend successful outdoor learning into the winter months.

Dave Quinn is a wildlife biologist, certified wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and certified teacher. He offers many K-12 outdoor education programs for a variety of schools and organizations including several of our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners. He has a passion for wilderness and wildlife, and works hard to connect the next generation to the wild.

Registration opening soon!

Get Outside: Learning Outdoors in Winter

Thursday, December 2 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

With Pamela Gibson of Learning for a Sustainable Future

Finding curriculum opportunities outside in winter is easier than you think. Whether it is Math, Science, the Arts or any other subject area, winter outside offers educators a plethora of interesting, motivating curriculum connections not found in other seasons. Come join me for a ‘walk through winter opportunities’.

Pamela Gibson is a career classroom teacher with an Arts background and a love of teaching and learning outdoors. Making curriculum come alive through experiential learning, helping students feel a sense of belonging and love for the earth, connected to nature and community is my passion. I am currently working for Learning for a Sustainable Future as Lead in implementing the Sustainable Future Schools project.

Registration opening soon!

Outdoor Learning Winter Gathering for Educators

Thursday, December 9 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

With our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners

Join our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners to learn, share and connect around all things related to outdoor learning. There will be opportunities to hear from partners and breakout into groups and discuss key things on your mind. Whether your a seasoned outdoor learning educator, or an educator taking their first steps outside the classroom, there will be some great takeaways.

Our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners include 25+ of the best outdoor and environmental learning organizations from coast to coast to coast. Collectively, we support hundreds of thousands of teachers and students each year as we work to deepen and improve our practice around outdoor and environmental learning.

Registration opening soon!

Feedback from our 2021 Spring Virtual Workshop Series:

“Thank you so much for all of the professional learning sessions — they affirmed that getting kids outside and connecting kids with place and planet is worth it!

“Everyone with a thirst for knowledge should jump in here! Beginners, experts, there’s something for everyone. AND information you can take back to your students use tomorrow!”

“This series of workshops was a breath of fresh air! I enjoyed logging on and listening every Thursday night, it was what kept me excited to go back into the classroom the next day and try new things. I am so thankful for this series.”