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Eight Practices to Advance Youth Health & Wellbeing Through Outdoor Education
This Evidence Brief summarizes key terms and messages, barriers and facilitators to participation, and eight practices for advancing youth health and wellbeing through outdoor education.
The Global Energy Transition Explained
“A new energy economy is emerging around the world as solar, wind, electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies flourish.” – the International Energy Agency (IEA) What is an energy transition? A case study for Highschool students
Discover the Fun of Backyard Geology
Free outdoor-based project adaptable for children of all ages.
imaginED is a blog designed to support and enable imagination-focused teaching in all contexts ages.
A Year of Outdoor Homework
Free outdoor-based homework adaptable for children of all ages.
Playful Learning Outdoors
Playful outdoor learning activity resources for curriculum development/facilitation
Experiential Learning Toolkits and Modules
Free experiential learning resources for curriculum development/facilitation including toolkits and modules.
Outdoor Learning and Schools Reopening
Benefits of outdoor learning for schools reopening during COVID-19 and a sample of how daily outdoor classroom can be facilitated.
Classroom Management: Outdoor Teaching Strategies
Suggestions for outdoor classroom curious teachers, grouping recommendations, lesson planning tips, outdoor activity recommendations.
Outdoor Classroom Users Guide
A how-to guide on facilitating outdoor classrooms including sustainable designing, biodiversity recommendations, classroom management tips and how to structure lessons.
Ideas and Inspiration for School-Based Physical Activity from Norway
A research report on school-based physical activity in Norway and the transferability to Canadian Classrooms (Nova Scotia).
Forest and Nature School in Canada
“The role of this guide is to help educators and the communities that surround and support them, (such as administrators, facilities staff, parents, licensing officials, etc.), to learn more about Forest and Nature School (FNS) and what this model of education offers Canadian children.”
Get Outdoors: An Educators Guide to Outdoor Classrooms
Step-by-step guide for teachers from K – 12 in getting their students outside and engaged in experiencing the outdoor classroom.
A Carbon Almanac for Kids
Kids can learn (and teach) about climate change from this free book. Already a hit with families and schools around the world.
Climate Change Communication
This online course will provide educators and volunteers with information about the drivers, impacts, and solutions of climate change, as well as strategies for talking about climate change in an informal education environment.
Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series
Freely accessible professional learning program in support of environmental and Indigenous education across Turtle Island for all.
Designed for self-guided learning, this free program includes a 5-part instructional video series that provides an introductory exploration of Natural Curiosity’s four-branch environmental inquiry framework, deepened by Indigenous perspectives.
7 Principles of Outdoor Ethics
Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they spend time outdoors. Click the link below for the 7 Pinciples of Outdoor Ethics Poster, and use it as a supplementary piece to your lessons!
From Acknowledgement to Action: Connecting to the Land Through Natural Curiosity
This 1-page resource is an invitation for educators to explore learning in relationship to the land through the four branches of Natural Curiosity. The reflective prompts embedded in each branch allow for reflection of past, present, and future, and also encourage educators to really listen to the students and learn alongside them, from the land.
Aboriginal Resources for Teachers
A resources intended to provide some ideas of how to take learning outdoors and at the same time, building connections to Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
CBEEN Educational Resources
A summary of excellent resources available to support both classroom and community-based environmental education programs.
Free & Fun Outdoor Learning Activities, Games & Projects
A resource supporting students’ learning & health right in their schoolyard, backyard or in nearby nature.
Keeping the wild in sight: Our nature-based curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 7.
The focus of this resource is on promoting strong connections to the wild, allowing students to explore the natural world in which we live, and guiding them to grow in their understanding and care for the environment.
Thinking Forward Toolkits
Back to School Toolkits for Building Classroom Communities in a Pandemic World
Starting From the Heart: Going Beyond A Land Acknowledgement
Land acknowledgements provide us an opportunity to offer recognition and respect to the original inhabitants of the regions that we live in and work on. There are many things that we can do to go beyond simply reading a land acknowledgement script
‘Native Land Teaching Guide’ – by Native-Land.ca
Native Land brings about discussions of colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to our personal histories. We hope this guide makes you, the reader, want to know about the land you live on.
Native Land Maps
An interactive map that allows you to view the traditional territories of the Nations wherever you live.
Residential School Survivor Stories
A selection of Indigenous Survivor stories drawn from the “Our Stories…Our Strength” video collection.
Learning First Peoples Classroom Resources.
Bringing the Salmon Home
Resources from Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction. This nitiative is an Indigenous-led collaboration of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Canada and British Columbia.
Challenging Racist “British Columbia” 150 Years and Counting
An open source publication of the University of Victoria research project: Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity, and the Transpacific.
Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives in K-12 Curriculum
Documents that reflect implicit and explicit references to Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives throughout the K-12 Curriculum. Educators may use this resource to easily access where Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives intersect with the curriculum in every area of learning at every grade level.
The Ktunaxa Story of Lightning, Thunder, Fox and Coyote with Nasu?kin Joe Pierre
A webinar on the Ktunaxa story of Lightning, Thunder, Fox, and Coyote with Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre.
The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
A webinar on the Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry.
Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
A book and second edition of Natural Curiosity that supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education.
Braiding Sweet Grass
A book featuring life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer as 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.
A suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
A United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
TRC Calls to Action
A report from the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission of Canada:
Calls to Action.
Nunavut Climate Change Centre
Resources for educators surrounding climate change.
Indigenous Education National Centre for Collaboration
A news centre for Indigenous education initiatives.
A multimedia organization giving voice to Indigenous story telling.
A network connecting postsecondary educators, grade school teachers, and the general public with a variety of resources that support enhanced relationships between all the peoples of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States.
Wolastoq Education Initiative
Resources and news for Indigenous education.
Treaty Education Resources by Three Nations Education Group Inc.
Curriculum resource on Treaty Education.
Three Nations Education Group Inc
A regional management organization dedicated to improving education outcomes of First Nations students through advocacy, professional and educational supports, and building meaningful partnerships.
First Nations Education Initiative Inc.
An educational jurisdictional model for First Nations education, which will result in improved capacity for First Nations educators ultimately leading to improvements in the educational outcomes for all First Nations students attending Band Operated and Provincial schools.
Child & Nature Network
A network focused on connecting youth with nature.
A toolkit regarding how to make nature more accessible in the context of education.
Youth Safe Outdoors
Online resources for educating on safety in the outdoors.
A report on our 2014 Cultural Relevancy Convening and the actionable outcomes that emerged.
British Journal of Special Education
Research and resources on environmental education that promotes the inclusion of children with special needs and addresses their biophilic needs.
Rick Hansen Foundation
An education toolkit for creating inclusive play spaces
for children of all abilities.
Whiteness Learning Group Resources
Learning group resources for understanding whiteness.
Zinn Education Project
Teaching materials and resources to support the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country.
a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work.
American Hiking Society
Resources on how to address systemic racism, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), etc. in the context of ourdoor learning.
An accomplished storyteller, photographer, and instructor, exploring and sharing his story,. Tsalani works to connect people with nature, foster conversations about conservation, and diversify the outdoors.
Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education
Proffesional Development on Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education.
Facilitating Critical Conversations
A guide on facilitating improtant conversations with students.
‘Teaching for Black Lives’ – written by Jesse Hagopian
A book for teaching Black lives, and for rethinking schools.
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
Newsletters, blog posts, and social media content on raising black voices and BIPOC.
Learning for Justice
Pro-D and classroom resources for topics such as class, gender & sexuality, rights & activism, bullying & bias, immigration, ability, religion, race & ethnicity (from an American lens).
Resources to raise awareness for educating children to become more thoughtful, informed and brave about race.
Anti-Racism in the Outdoors – Children Nature Network
Resources related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion of black, indigenous and people of color in parks and greenspaces.
Unlikely Hikers – Jenny Bruso
Podcast and blog from the perspective of plus size groups exploring the outdoors.
Colour the Trails
An advocacy group for inclusive representation in outdoor spaces, working with brand partners, businesses, and organizations to break barriers and create accessibility. We subsidize outdoor adventures, create diverse content, and are actively working with our allies to create the change we want to see in the world.
An internationally recognized network, leading in sustainability and climate change education policy research.
Resources and weekly content curated by Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and Queer People of Color who love the outdoors.
A coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse identities have historically been marginalized and silenced.
Jacqueline L. Scott, Black Outdoors
A blog about a black woman’s journey exploring the outdoors and growing advocacy
Parents for Diversity
Webinars and resources from a collective of parents committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments that allow children to fulfill their true potential in this world.
TDSB/OISE Eco Racism in the Parks The Black Canadian Experience
Educational video on Eco Racism in the Parks The Black Canadian Experience
Responding to the TRC: EECOM Conference Guidelines
a guide and support doc for EECOM conference hosts to deepen their engagement with Indigenous worldviews, communities and context in both the organizing process and conference offering.
Workshops and trainings on diversity/anti-oppression, facilitation training and peer group dynamic
Are you looking for educational resources for learning or teaching about the wonders of nature at home? Well then we’ve got you covered!
Nunavut (Department of Environment)
Lesson plans, books, and videos to support land skills and species specific information in Nunavut
Educational programs with a focus on diversity, leadership, environmental sustainability, and energy literacy
Activities and programs for Nova Scotia educators that raise environmental knowledge for all ages
Fédération des éducateurs et éducatrices physiques enseignants du Québec
Resources to support teaching outside and managing risks in the school yard
Varied and creative educational activities to get your students to learn, move and excel outside!
An education and action project on the theme of Quebec biodiversity
UNITÉ DE LOISIR ET DE SPORT DE LA CAPITALE-NATIONALE
An organization whose mission is to support, promote and participate the development of leisure and sport in the Capitale-Nationale region
Learn all about birdwatching and how to go about beginning a birdwatching adventure!
Programs and resources for children, parents, educators, and communities in Canada to engage in environmental education
ACER (Association for Canadian Educational Resources)
Programs and resources for learning about environmental issues through a variety of ecological monitoring projects
Indigenous Games for Children (by High Five)
A collection of traditional Indigenous games and activities that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples across Canada
Exploring by the Seat of your Pants
Full day, week and month long events covering themes like conservation, biodiversity, ocean plastics, climate change, ecosystems, technology and more!
A variety of biomimicry and engineering unit plans, lesson plans, and design challenges
Learning through Landscapes
Outdoor learning ideas and lesson plans to help children and families to spend more time outside
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Manitoba Chapter)
An online portal with resources to support outdoor education and learning about the boreal forest
Online resources for year-round teaching ideas, lesson plans and professional development
Green Action Centre
Projects that help the whole family learn and grow, while exploring sustainability practices
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute
A collection of multilingual books on environment and sustainable development
First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario
Exploring Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being that are grounded in relationships and connection with the land
Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
Resources that focus inclusively on First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) worldviews and perspectives.
An interactive map to help identify the Indigenous territories, languages and treaties, as well as tools to help develop a land acknowledgement
iNaturalist and SEEK
Combining nature and technology, it is a place to record and organize nature findings and learn about the natural world through citizen science
Invasive Species Centre
Free teaching resources to support invasive species knowledge, identification and detection
Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter
A toolbox of activities to engage children in the outdoors
Back 2 Nature Network
Resources that prompt, engage, encourage and inspire a strong connection between children and nature
Curriculum connected materials to support hands-on citizen science projects in your school yard and community
Resources that introduce forests, soil and biodiversity into the classroom through a variety of curriculum-connected activities and tool kits
A variety of award-winning education activities to engage youth and empower them to make a difference in their own communities
Science, math and literacy resources to suppoort outdoor learning for grades K-6, and digital risk assessment templates for outdoor learning
Ontario Society for Environmental Education
a Subject Association for all educators, both formal and non-formal who are interested in integrating environmental topics into their teaching practice
Indigenous Education and the National Centre for Collaboration
K-12 activities infused with Indigenous knowledge and opportunities for on-the-land learning
Toronto Zoo/Turtle Island Conservation
a conservation programme that utilizes a First Nations cultural lens in the commitment to preserve water and biodiversity
Toronto Outdoor Education Schools
Webinars, lesson plans and resources to support in school and learn from home environmental education
Creative Star Learning LTD
Practical ideas to support math and literacy in the primary years through outdoor play
OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association)
Lesson Plans that have a focus on health, physical activity, inclusion and more.
Easy-to-use environmental monitoring programs that encourage citizen science
Hundreds of livestreaming nature and animal webcams from around the world.
Canadian Parks Council
A guide to inspire actions that all Canadians can take to connect a new generation with Nature.
Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Resources, programs, professional development, and grants to support environmental and energy education in your classroom.
From a scavenger hunt to tips on how to help nature in your area, these resources offer ways to get outside and connect with nature
Curriculum based resources and lesson plans that help students to explore Canada piece by piece.
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
How to guides to help start a local play charter or mobile adventure playground.
An organization that inspires the community to become more environmentally responsible through creative public education.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Nature-inspired learning resources to help your child learn at home, independently or with your help
Project WET Canada’s Instructional Resource page includes new supporting documents such as curriculum cross-references, suggestions for fall and winter activities, and physical distancing suggestions.
Council of Outdoor Educator’s Ontario
An outdoor learning tip sheet that includes tips on risk management, materials, activities and assessment strategies.
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
K-12 educator resources that connect learners to the marine environment.
Risk management and safety when taking groups of learners outside! They also offer programs catered for K-12 students.
New Brunswick Environmental Network
Environmental learning resources that are organized thematically.
Canadian Network for Ocean Education
Ocean themed resources to spark marine discovery and education opportunities.
TED Ed Earth School
TED Education Earth School has 30 quests to connect learners to nature.
Child & Nature Alliance of Canada
Forest School Canada Guide a digital resource with a “head, heart & hands approach to outdoor learning”.
Get Outside Guide (WILD BC)
Outdoor learning guide for creating outdoor classrooms for K-12 learners.
Alberta Teacher’s Association Get Outside & Play
An Alberta based resource that has tons of activities, ideas, and research surrounding outdoor learning in Alberta as well as Canada wide!
A citizen science tool to encourage learning about local species of butterflies through tracking and monitoring exercises.
Project Feeder Watcher
A citizen science tool to encourage getting outdoors in the winter by counting and learning about your local feathered friends.
A citizen science tool database that is searchable and organized thematically.
David Suzuki Foundation
Science based resources that can be searched and filtered to suit the needs of your learners.
Outdoor Play Canada
A wealth of resources for outdoor play including activities, policies, and research.
BC Green Games
A summary of the BC curriculum for grades K – 9 sorted by subject.
Farm to School BC
BC based resources for farm to school learning opportunities.
Project Learning Tree
A wealth of resources for implementing environmental and outdoor learning while connecting it to curricular outcomes.
Nature Kids BC
The source for NatureWILD, a nature magazine featuring articles by BC’s leading naturalists, as well as games, nature activities, and more.
North American Association for Environmental Education
A resource hub for environmental education that includes lesson plans, activities, articles and other media.
Child & Nature Network
Research library with a collection of scientific literature for advancing the children and nature movement.
Great kid-tested ideas for fostering learning and inspiring action on environmental and other global issues.
Stewardship Centre for BC
A diverse and comprehensive set of educational, technical and capacity resources for stewardship in BC.
Resources for Rethinking
Lesson plans, curriculum units and other teaching resources that support interdisciplinary and action oriented learning.
A searchable database of lesson plans, how-to guides and research on topics such as climate, conservation and outdoor learning & play.
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Colouring pages, educational units, lesson plans, manuals, handouts, resource sheets, wild webinars and more!
A Pinterest board full of inspiring resources to assist in educational pursuits surrounding environmental and Indigenous inquiry.
Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature
A print based resource to guide your excursions into outdoor learning. This resource can be purchased through our friends at the Wilderness Awareness School.
A vast collection of educational resources that are searchable by grade and subject.
A vast collection of resources that are teacher reviewed, classroom tested and matched to BC’s transformed curriculum by grade.
CBEEN’s Climate Change Resources
A concise listing of key Climate Change education lesson plans, resources and information.
Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
The HCTF’s Resource Room houses a collection of environmental and educational resources, links and materials that can be downloaded, viewed and/or purchased through our online store.