Words contributed by Jade Berrill, 2023 Conference Co-Organizer.
Nestled amidst enchanting forests of lodgepole and aspen, beneath majestic pillars of gray limestone, 450 delegates embarked on an immersive journey where the convergence of place and pedagogy unfolded at the National Outdoor Learning Conference.
Spanning multiple days, the conference served as a transformative watershed, channeling three streams of learning: Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental and Climate Change Education. With 60 captivating outdoor workshops, ...
April 22nd: Earth Day 2023 📔✏️
We hope you're looking forward to celebrating Earth Day in your classroom, learning group, or family! This year, we wanted to focus on the practice of nature journaling, and give it a little sharable twist within our amazing community of outdoor educators and learners! Read on to learn more and a chance to win...
The first official organized "Earth Day" began in 1970, and has grown immensely since its inception. There is no singular correct way to celebrate, and we hope you have the opportunity to head ...
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2022 Student Video Contest! This year's entries really showcased the diversity of the country's people and landscapes, and we are thrilled to be able to share these works with our audience. There are so many ways to spend time outside, and these short films will certainly inspire you to go explore your own backyard!
A huge congrats to students from Campus Regina Public in Regina, Saskatchewan for being the Grand Prize winners of the Take Me Outside Student Video Contest, in partnership with MEC and the Banff Mountain Film and Book ...
The NES Wild program began in 2021 with grade 4 students from Nakoda Elementary, located in Mînî Thnî, Alberta, to help get them outside. Every afternoon, educators linked and Indigenized curriculum so students could embrace the land and their connection to it. Take Me Outside partnered with this program to create this short film to help inspire and show other educators what is possible when both teachers and administration are committed to students learning outside. This project was generously supported by the Pauw Foundation.
Launched during the 2019/20 school year, the Take Me Outside Learning Challenge has grown to encompass participation in almost every province and territory across the country. The goal is simple: encourage educators to implement outdoor learning with their students once per week from September to June. Ultimately the Learning Challenge works to extend the impact of Take Me Outside Day by offering tools & resources for building a community of educators committed to taking their classroom beyond four walls and relishing in the positive impacts of outdoor learning. Below ...
Take Me Outside Day 2021 had 9,000 educators and 400,000 students across Canada participate - a commitment to heading outside to help advocate for outdoor learning. This video highlights the week's events and the work we're doing with partners.
A huge congrats to Colin Fearing from Canmore, Alberta for being this year's grand prize winner! And congrats to all the winners in other categories who worked hard to make some great short films about our backyard in Canada and the importance of spending time outside. All of these winners will receive gift cards from MEC to help get them out there even more! And Colin's winning short film will be part of the internationally acclaimed Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival for 2021!
Congratulations to the 2021 Contest Winners!
Here are the winning videos from each ...
We're excited to share our short film "To the Top," which highlights one of Canada's favourite winter activities - tobogganing! If you're looking for motivation to pull out the old wooden sled or the GT snow racer to take your son, your daughter, your niece or nephew, your friend's kids or maybe just yourself out for some good ol' fashioned winter fun, this film is for you. Shot in the Canadian Rockies with students from Banff Elementary School, we hope you can share this film to help inspire kids right across Canada to head outside and find oodles of fun in the snow!
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
― James Baldwin, American author
Recently, an old friend posted something on Facebook that triggered a flurry of comments and criticism. The photo showed four dads sitting off to the side of the room as their respective kids participated in an evening activity at the YMCA. Their faces were whited out, and this friend asked in his post, “Yikes, is this what parenting looks like now?” All four dads had their heads down in their phones. A swift wave ...
Grade 1-6 Category:
Grand Prize Winner and 1st Place Winner
David Peatfield from Whistler, BC
2nd Place Winner
Claire Brillant from Saint John, NB
3rd Place Winner
Isabella, Abby and Ava Quinn from Fredericton, NB
Grade 7-12 Category:
1st Place Winner
Max Yang from Richmond, BC
2nd Place Winner
Jaiden Gibbons from Baldonnel, BC
3rd Place Winner
Lara Mylde from Calgary, AB