Bios

Instructors and Course Developers

Jade Berrill

Director of Learning, Outdoor Learning Store

Jade is a Physical Geographer (BSc), Award-Winning Environmental Educator, Outdoor Instructor and Interpretative Guide based in Revelstoke, BC.

Jade has been designing & delivering environmental and nature based programs for over fifteen years, across four continents and seven countries. She is the Director of Learning for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) & The Outdoor Learning Store alongside her own educational consultancy ‘Stoked on Science’. In 2023 she hosted online and in person outdoor learning professional development workshops that reached over 50,000 educators across Canada and the US.

Helping to support educators to take their learning outside brings her the greatest joy, alongside showing people her rock collection, learning the languages of the Sinixt, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa First Nations, nature time with her husband and Jack Russell and talking to the trees on her walks.

Colin Harris

Executive Director, Take Me Outside

Colin Harris holds a Master’s of Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Research with a focus on curriculum and learning through the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He has been immersed in the field of outdoor learning for almost 20 years, including being the Director of Outdoor Education at an Ontario-based Centre, instructing canoe trips for Outward Bound Canada, working with Indigenous students in the Western Arctic Leadership Program in the Northwest Territories, and teaching grades K-8 in the classroom.

He is the founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside and initiated the organization by running across Canada, going into 80 schools across the country and engaging 20,000 students in the conversation of their time spent in front of screens compared to their time spent outside, being active and connecting to nature.

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Ian Shanahan

Lifelong Naturalist

Ian holds a BEd through the University of Toronto and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. Ian just completed a 5-year stint as General Editor of Green Teacher magazine, and enjoyed 13 seasons with Ontario Parks.

Outdoor and environmental learning aren’t just what Ian does; they’re who he is. A lifelong naturalist with a deep passion for wild spaces, Ian is based in Ontario and supports the outdoor learning community through course design, outreach, editing, and podcast production.

Off the corner of his desk, Ian works as a voice actor, nature artist, writer, editor, environmental consultant, and nature guide.