Events & Workshops
Events & Workshops
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Seasonal virtual workshop series
Virtual Campfire Connections (English & français)
Other pro-d opportunities from the outdoor learning community
Outdoor learning partners offering professional development
2022/23 Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshop Series
Presented in partnership with the charitable social enterprise, the Outdoor Learning Store, alongside our outdoor learning partners, this popular online series continues with more engaging expert presenters in a wide variety of topics.
- Registration is free and there are always draw prizes for attendees!
- All registrants receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
- Workshops are 60 minutes and take place on Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific time / 7pm Eastern time.
- For those who can’t attend live, each session is recorded and posted here.
- 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 of attendance after you watch the recording.
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How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention
May 30th 2023 – 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET (60 min)
With Naturalist, Artist, and Educator John (Jack) Muir Laws
John (Jack) Muir Laws is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. Jack is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness.
Jack will share about his new book, How to Teach Nature Journaling which includes 31 hands-on field activities to connect art, science, math, and critical thinking, while encouraging students and mentors alike to recognize and record the wonder and beauty in the natural world.
All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a discount link to the resources shared, the recording, and to access your Certificate of Attendance.
REGISTER TO ATTEND
Walking Together: (Re)Connecting to Nature through Two-Eyed Seeing
June 6th 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (300)
With Authors, Elder Albert D. Marshall and Louise Zimanyi
Elder Albert D. Marshall is an Honorary Doctor of Letters and Mi’kmaw Spiritual Leader from the Moose Clan of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Eskasoni, Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). He has been working to advance the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing and is a respected and influential environmental voice in Unama’ki.
Louise Zimanyi, who is of French-Canadian and Hungarian descent, lives as a guest in Tkaronto/Toronto, Treaty 13 territory. As a professor and researcher, she is co-learning from and with the Land and wise teachers, co-transforming early childhood pedagogy and practice. They co-wrote ‘Walking Together”, an innovative picture book that introduces readers to the concept of Etuaptmumk – or Two-Eyed Seeing, the gift of multiple perspectives in the Mi’kmaw language – as it follows a group of young children connecting to nature as their teacher.
Elder Albert and Louise will read from and talk about the book, sharing how braiding the strengths of Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives together can inspire everyone to nurture respectful, reciprocal, responsible relationships with the Land and Water, plant-life, animals and other-than-human beings for the benefit of all.
REGISTER TO ATTEND
Animating Outdoor Learning using Finger Puppets
June 13th 2023 – 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET (60 min)
With Educators Charlotte Soles, Bridget O’Malley and Publisher Qwultultun – Robert Goldsmith
Join educators Charlotte and Bridget as they share how they utilize puppets including Indigenous designed finger puppets to animate outdoor learning in their teaching practice. Also joining us is Qwultultun – Robert from Strong Nations, an Indigenous owned and operated publishing house, Robert will introduce the workshop and share about why Indigenous resources are so vital to land-based learning.
This workshop will be full of animal facts and fun that will have you lining up to produce your own in class puppet show!
All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a discount link to the resources shared, the recording, and access to your Certificate of Attendance.
Indigenous Finger Puppets, designed by Indigenous artist, Bill Helin (Tsimshian (Ts’msysen); Tlingit) that will be featured in the workshop, you can get yours here:
REGISTER TO ATTEND
Missed one of our past workshops? No problem!
Check out the all recordings here.
Virtual Campfire Connections: Circling up with Educators from Coast to Coast to Coast //
Feu de camp virtuel : Connecter avec des éducateurs d’un bout à l’autre du canada
Le français suit
Next English Campfire: SPRING – Stay tuned!
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Pull up a log and come join us to learn, share and connect around all things related to outdoor learning. We would love to chat about all of the AMAZING things going on in and outside of your classrooms. Like most campfire chats, we are hoping to have a very open mic forum around outdoor education topics and format. As the school year continues, we want to facilitate chances to gather and connect you & other incredible educators!
There will be opportunities to play games, share stories, and brainstorm to discuss key topics on your mind. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor learning educator, or someone taking their first steps outside the classroom, there will be some great takeaways as we build community nationwide. And of course, some prizes from both Take Me Outside and the Outdoor Learning Store!
Come join us for a few minutes or the entire campfire! We can guarantee you will leave the fire inspired. This is a free event, using the same link each time – register below to join or click the link above a few minutes before the fire begins. Please note these informal gatherings are not recorded at this time.
Joignez-vous à la boutique d’apprentissage en plein air et à nos partenaires canadiens d’apprentissage en plein air pour apprendre, partager et vous connecter autour de tout ce qui concerne l’apprentissage en plein air. Nous serions ravis de discuter avec vous de toutes les choses INCROYABLES qui se passent à l’intérieur et/ou à l’extérieur de vos salles de classe. Comme la plupart des discussions autour d’un feu de camp, nous espérons avoir un forum de micro très ouvert autour de sujets et de formats d’éducation en plein air. Nous voulons juste avoir la chance de vous connecter avec d’autres enseignants incroyables au Canada ! Veuillez noter que ces rencontres informelles ne sont PAS enregistrées.
Il y aura des occasions de jouer à des jeux, de partager des histoires et d’avoir des groupes pour discuter de sujets clés qui vous préoccupent. Que vous soyez un éducateur chevronné en apprentissage en plein air ou quelqu’un qui fait ses premiers pas en dehors de la salle de classe, il y aura d’excellentes idées à emporter alors que nous construisons une communauté à l’échelle nationale. Et bien sûr, des prix Amène-moi dehors (Take Me Outside et de la boutique d’apprentissage en plein air (Outdoor Learning Store)!
Venez au feu de camp et repartez avec des idées plein la tête! Il s’agit d’un événement gratuit utilisant le même lien à chaque fois – inscrivez-vous ci-dessous pour vous joindre ou cliquez sur le lien ci-dessus quelques minutes avant le début du feu.
Prochain feu de camp : Printemps – restez à l’écoute ! (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86135666016)
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Other upcoming workshops to support outdoor learning
Please check dates and time zones carefully! Most sessions are intended for educator pro-d; however, grade level will be indicated if applicable.
Take Me Outside is not involved in the delivery or content of the following workshops. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.
- New Brunswick Environmental Network: Spring Climate Learning Series (in French only!)
- Throughout May | Free
- Centre for Global Education & the Canadian Wildlife Federation: Celebrating School Actions for Wildlife (Primary grades)
- Wed May 31st / 12-12:45pm ET | Free
- North American Association for Environmental Education: Nature Preschools in the US: Results of a New National Survey
- Wed May 31st / 3pm ET | Free
- ParticipACTION: Commmunity Challenge
- June 1-30 | Free
- Centre for Global Education: Canadian Indigenous History Month (Gr 6-9)
- Fri June 2nd / 12-1:30pm ET | Free
- Environmental Educators of North Carolina: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education
- Mon June 5th – July 31st / Asynchronous | $0-40 (sliding scale)
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Spring Harvest and Celebration (Part 1/2: Workshop)
- Tues June 6th / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Children & Nature Network: Family Time in Nature
- Tues June 6th / 2pm ET | Free
- Texas Children in Nature: Green Schoolyards as a Climate Change and Health Solution
- Wed June 7th / 2 times to choose from: 2pm or 7pm CDST | Free
- Centre for Global Education & Ocean Wise: World Oceans Day (Primary grades)
- Thurs June 8th / 1-1:45pm ET | Free
- Centre for Global Education: World Oceans Day (Secondary grades)
- Thurs June 8th / 11-11:45am ET | Free
- Ocean Wise: World Ocean Day 2023
- Thurs June 8th / 2-7pm ET (drop-in), in person: Toronto, ON | Free
- Wild Wonder Foundation: Nature Journal Educators Virtual Workshop
- June 9th & 10th / 8am-6pm PT (w/ breaks) | $0-125 sliding scale
- Kingston Forest & Nature School: Nature-Rooted Mini Conference: Outdoor Risky Play & Skill-Share Social
- Sat June 10th – Sun June 11th / In person: Harrowsmith, ON | $105-146+ (sliding scale)
- Alberta Council for Enviromental Education & EcoSchools Canada: Virtual Celebration: EcoSchools in Alberta
- Thurs June 15th / 10:30-11:15am MT | Free (register by Fri June 9th)
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Spring Harvest and Celebration (Part 2/2: Discussion)
- Thurs June 15th / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Environmental Educators for North Carolina: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
- Mon June 19th – July 31st / Asynchronous | $0-40 (sliding scale)
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: The Sustainability Education Collective Conference Series (1/3): Environmental Justice in the United States: Sustainability Education and Social Movements in the U.S.
- Thurs June 22nd / 8:15am-1:30pm CDST, both virtual & in-person options | Free
- Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO): Encouraging Messy Play in the Early Childhood Classroom
- Tues June 27th / 6-7:30pm MT | Free
- Lakehead University Faculty of Education: Outdoor Experiential Education Course for Educators
- July 3rd – 28th / Virtual + 2-night in person retreat at Sheldon Outdoor Education Centre, Alliston, ON | $950
- Alberta Council for Environmental Education & PLT Canada & Climate Generation: Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
- July 17-18 & 21-22 / $150 for the Canadian cohort (may range up to $250 for others)
- Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO): Outside the Fence: Let’s Go on a Nature Walk!
- Tues July 18th / 6-7:30pm MT | Free
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology K–12 Education team: Summer Educator Retreat
- July 23rd – 27th / $700
- New Hampshire Energy Education Project: Summer Institute 2023: Jumping from Joy to Action
- Aug 7th – 11th / In person: World Fellowship Center, Albany, NH / $900 – 1140 (early bird rates in effect until May 1st)
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: The Sustainability Education Collective Conference Series (2/3): Sustainability Education, the Global South, and Social Justice
- Thurs Aug 17th / 8:15am-1:30pm CDST, both virtual & in-person options | Free
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Harvesting and Seed Saving (Part 1/2: Workshop)
- Tues Sept 12th / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Natural Curiosity & EECOM & ESE-TE: National E-Course: Integrating Inquiry and Indigenous Perspectives in Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE)
- Sept 13th – Dec 6th (6 sessions) / 7-8:30pm ET | $75
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: The Sustainability Education Collective Conference Series (3/3): Resisting Climate Change and Injustice with Sustainability Education in Colleges of Education
- Fri Sept 15th / 8:30am-12:30pm CDST, both virtual & in-person options | Free
- Outdoor Learning Store & CBEEN: Ktunaxa Language Course
- Sept 18th – Dec 11th / 12 Monday sessions, 7-8:30pm MT | Sliding scale: $0 for Ktunaxa Nation members, $252 for CBEEN members, $315 for all others
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Harvesting and Seed Saving (Part 2/2: Discussion)
- Thurs Sept 21st / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Winterizing Your Garden and Long-Term Sustainability (Part 1/2: Workshop)
- Tues Oct 3rd / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Farm to School BC: School Garden Mentorship Program: Winterizing Your Garden and Long-Term Sustainability (Part 2/2: Discussion)
- Thurs Oct 12th / 3:30-4:30pm PT | Free
- Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network: Inquiring Voices Gathering for Educators
- Oct 19th-21st / In person: Canal Flats, BC | $100-250 sliding scale + GST
- The Outdoor Learning Store: 4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning (Choose from Season 1 or 2)
- Oct 2023 – June 2024 | Early bird rate until June 30th: $100
- Earth Force: Environmental Action Civics: Ongoing Support Series
- Jan – May 2023 (monthly) | Free
- Learning for a Sustainble Future / L’Éducation au service de la Terre: Youth Forums (Gr 5-12) / Forums Jeunesse (5e – 12e année)
- Ongoing through 2022-23 school year / Virtual & in-person options | Free (+ all participating schools receive a $500 Action Project grant!)
- Bee City Canada: Virtual Learning Sessions (Pre-K – Gr 6)
- Ongoing through 2022-23 school year | Free
- Evergreen: Virtually Outdoors
- Ongoing through the 2022-23 school year | Free for educators in Ontario
- Child & Nature Alliance of Canada: Forest and Nature School Practitioners Course
- Throughout the year: Dates, times, and locations vary / 5 days in-person learning, followed by 11 months online study | $1750
- Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants: Virtual lessons happening every week! (Topics vary; English & French options)
- Ongoing throughout the school year | Free
- #NatureForAll: Storytelling Festival
- Ongoing | Free
- Child and Nature Alliance of Canada: Risky Play Workshop
- Ongoing | $65
- UNESCO: Climate Change & Emotions Course (Middle school educators & their learners)
- Ongoing / 20 hours self-paced | Free
- UNESCO: Climate Change in the Classroom (Secondary educators)
- Ongoing / 6 days of modules (asynchronous) | Free
- Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools: Emergency Response Preparedness for Nature-Based Programs
- Ongoing / 8 hours self-paced | $75 for members, $125 for non-members
Outdoor learning partners offering professional development
This directory lists organizations & specific events hosted virtually or face-to-face for educators across Canada linked specifically to outdoor learning. Found 18 Resources.
Office for Climate Education Resources
A searchable database of education resources including class activities, multimedia activities, special topics in climate science, videos, and teacher pro-d. Some resources are also available in French, Spanish, or German.
Whose Land Pro-D Series
This workshop series will introduce participants to Indigenous topics such as Indigenous naming terminology, history of Indigenous and settler relationships in Canada and the importance of land acknowledgements. Designed to be an easily implementable lunch-and-learn series facilitated by a fellow co-worker volunteer or group of volunteers.
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
A free 6-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.
Indigenous Canada course
Indigenous Canada is a free, virtual 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. Delivered in English with a variety of subtitles available.
LSF: Pro-D Workshops
Based on decades of experience and led by expert facilitators, LSF’s Professional Development workshops help educators transform their practice and link education to action in meaningful and engaging ways.
The FREE 1 hour webinars are packed full of resources, tips and tricks for incorporating more outdoor learning, sustainability education, and more into your classroom practice, no matter your grade, subject, or experience.
If you would like to request a specific pro-d workshop, you can fill out the interest form here.
LST: Perfectionnement professionnel
Basés sur des décennies d’expérience et dirigés par des animateurs experts, les ateliers de perfectionnement professionnel (PP) de LST aident les éducateurs à transformer leur pratique et à relier l’éducation à l’action de manière significative et engageante.
Nos webinaires GRATUITS d’une heure regorgent de ressources, de conseils et d’astuces pour intégrer davantage l’apprentissage en plein air, l’éducation au développement durable et bien d’autres choses encore dans votre pratique de classe, quels que soient votre niveau, votre matière ou votre expérience.
The Outdoor Teacher
Forest school and outdoor learning courses based in UK but available internationally online.
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network is based in BC and offers a wide variety of webinars to assist educators in expanding their outdoor learning tool kit.
Natural Curiosity Webinars
Natural Curiosity offers a diversity of webinars that aim to promote Indigenous perspectives in outdoor learning while empowering educators in building classroom communities through thoughtful, engaged lessons.
Ever Active Schools Workshops
Ever Active Schools, an Alberta-based organization, provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for individuals, groups, and school communities. Their workshops support comprehensive school health and the diverse needs of school communities
North American Association for Environmental Education
Online and in-person courses, webinars, workshops, and other educational activities. You’ll also find degree programs and state environmental education certification programs.
Association of Experiential Education
AEE sponsors a variety of events for experiential educators, practitioners and students from around the world to come together in a supportive community with the goal of promoting, defining, developing, and applying the theories and practices of experiential education. AEE’s YouTube channel has over 65 free webinar recordings, and AEE conference workshop recordings are also available (free for members, $50 for others).
Evergreen pro-d for educators
Kindergarten – Grade 12 teachers and Early Childhood Educators will explore nature-focused and experiential teaching and learning practices. Both virtual and in-person workshops will equip you with inquiry and play-based approaches that are easy to implement in any space right away. Find out how outdoor learning enhances physical and mental health, resiliency and social skills, and how these approaches directly support Ontario curriculum and education policies.
The Environmental Educators Professional Specialists Association (EEPSA) is dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education supported by the BCTF in British Columbia. Many pro-d opportunities are available for educators both online and in-person.
Wilderness Awareness School
Mission: To help children and adults cultivate healthy relationships with nature, community, and self. Offers a diversity of adult & youth programs steeped in deep nature connection. Programs hosted in Western Washington, but many are available online.
Outdoor Council of Canada & training organizations
The Outdoor Council of Canada’s Field Leader courses are designed to educate outdoor leaders on how to ensure physical and emotional safety for their participants, manage logistics, solve problems, and provide meaningful experiences outside. The site also lists other external types of programs to help you develop as an outdoor practitioner and/or leader.
Classrooms 2 Communities Conference
An annual conference in British Columbia in October of each year. It is open to all educators focused on land-based and place-based education. C2C also hosts solstice events each year: one virtual (winter), and one in-person (summer).
Green Teacher Webinars
Green Teacher’s webinars are dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, enhance environmental literacy among young learners. They are free of charge and all are open for registration to the general public. The webinar recordings will be available for public viewing through our YouTube channel for 30 days after the live session. Beyond 30 days, only Green Teacher subscribers can access them, along with our archive of 120+ webinars.