Pro-D Opportunities


Virtual Campfire Connections: Circling up with Educators from Coast to Coast to Coast

Date and time: MONTHLY! Upcoming dates: Feb 3rd, March 3rd.
7 pm ET / 4 pm PT

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 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.

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.

This is a monthly recurring meeting, using the same link each time – sign up here!


2022 Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshop Series

Presented in partnership with Canada’s nonprofit Outdoor Learning Store, our popular free online series continues with more engaging expert speakers in a wide variety of topics.

  • 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 lower down on this page.
  • 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.

Resources to Teach and Learn for a Sustainable Future

  • Thursday, January 20 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern – RECORDING HERE!
  • Presented by: Green Teacher, GreenLearning Canada and Learning for a Sustainable Future

Learn more about some of the incredible sustainability-focused initiatives and resources available for teachers and learners across Canada. The virtual workshop will offer the opportunity for educators to hear more from our partners at three Canadian non-profit organizations that are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

We will feature excellent resources like Sila and the Land, Teaching Kids About Climate Change, Teaching Teens about Climate Change and Connecting the Dots: Key Strategies that Transform Learning for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability.

 

 


Singing in Solidarity: Exploring Environmental Inquiry and Justice Through the Arts

  • Thursday, January 27 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
  • Presented by: Natural Curiosity

As more educators turn to the outdoors amid COVID-19, there are compelling reasons for integrating environmental inquiry – a process shaped by students’ questions and interests – into practice. The Indigenous lens on Natural Curiosity provides a starting point for all educators to consider how an awareness of Indigenous perspectives can inform practice over time, as they explore lasting connections to the natural world with students. This workshop will invite educators to consider music as a form of gratitude. How might we use songs to explore environmental justice, and deepen our relationship to each other and to land?

This workshop will feature the incredible teaching resource, Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry.

Register here!

 


Connecting the Dots: Key Strategies that Transform Learning for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability

  • Thursday, February 10 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
  • Presented by: Learning for a Sustainable Future

This workshop will give educators an overview of the resource, Connecting the Dots, which supports teachers in linking transformative teaching practices to environmental education. We will explore why the seven core strategies are central to learning with today’s students, and how this resource provides a strong foundation for current climate change education and student action.

We believe these strategies represent the best that environmental education has to offer to formal learning. They are the “dots” that connect to form a system approach to learning.

Register here!

 

 


Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way

  • Thursday, February 24 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
  • With Sinixt Storytellers and Knowledge-keepers Marilyn James and Taress Alexis

Sinixt Storytellers and Knowledge-keepers Marilyn James and Taress Alexis will share some of the story behind the new edition of their educational resource, Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way. Through lively story and discussions by the authors, each chapter of this beautiful resource illuminates the Sinixt relationship with their watershed and their quest to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in their x̌aʔx̌aʔ təmxʷúlaʔxʷ, their sacred homeland.

Their perspectives represent the interest of increasing numbers of people in developing respectful and decolonizing relationships among Indigenous and settler peoples and to inspire the work of reversing the Sinixt extinction. Join them all to meet the trickster Snk̓lip and the other Animal Beings who people the stories of the captikʷɬ, the Sinixt oral history.

Register here!

 


Water Education Resources: Flowing from Lakes and Rivers to the Sea…

  • Thursday, March 10 –  4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
  • With Water Rangers, Project WET and Ocean Wise

Join our partners at three leading Canadian water education organizations that provide support and resources for educators and learners. Water Rangers, Project WET and Ocean Wise will provide insights and ideas for better engaging your learners in water education projects and initiatives.

We will have the opportunity to share more about some of our water resources & equipment, including: Water Education Kits, Freshwater Tiny Test Kits, Compact Freshwater Test Kits, Aquatic Dip Nets and Pond Life Guides.

Register here!

 

 


Missed one of the webinars during our fall workshop series?

Find all the recordings here:


OTHER UPCOMING WORKSHOPS TO SUPPORT OUTDOOR LEARNING


Professional Development Opportunities

This directory lists organizations & specific events hosted virtually or face-to-face for educators across Canada linked specifically to outdoor learning. Found 14 Resources.

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CBEEN Webinars

CBEEN Webinars

CBEEN offers a wide variety of webinars to assist educators in expanding their outdoor learning tool kit. Sign-up for one today!

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Natural Curiosity Webinars

Natural Curiosity Webinars

Natural Curiosity offers a diversity of webinars that aim to promote outdoor learning and empower educators in building classroom community through thoughtful outdoor lessons.

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Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors NOW!

Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors NOW!

A growing number of outdoor programs for preschool-aged children have been established in British Columbia following models from Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health recommendations encourage British Columbians to go outside to reduce transmission risks. COVID-19 combined with the mounting research on the importance of outdoor play for children’s learning, development and health has meant that outdoor early childhood programs are gaining momentum. Under the provincial Community Care and Assisted Living Act, licensed child care requires an indoor facility and Outdoor-based early childhood programs must operate independent of current Child Care Licensing Regulations. Amidst a second wave of COVID-19 and new growth in the outdoor-based early childhood field, now is the time to re-examine this.

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Natural Curiosity in the normal a COVID look at the Indigenous Lens Webinar

Natural Curiosity in the normal a COVID look at the Indigenous Lens Webinar

This webinar will highlight an Indigenous lens on the current crisis in education. Indigenous perspectives, land-based learning and inquiry, sitting in friendship within the Natural Curiosity framework, invite us to embrace the outdoors and our local environment as another teacher. Doug and Maria will share their knowledge and expertise in decolonizing pedagogy as we venture outdoors to protect the health and wellbeing of students and teachers. Through conversation, we will challenge ourselves and our participants to reflect on the perspectives, opportunities and strengths that we bring to our school communities.

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Ever Active Schools Professional Learning

Ever Active Schools Professional Learning

Ever Active schools provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for school communities in areas that support comprehensive school health and the diverse needs of school communities

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Outdoor Play Canada

Outdoor Play Canada

Outdoor Play Canada’s events calendar highlight both virtual events and some in person events for educators across Canada.

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North American Association for Environmental Education Learning

North American Association for Environmental Education Learning

Webinars, workshops, online courses the NAAEE has it all when it comes to professional development for educators in North America.

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Association of Experiential Educators

Association of Experiential Educators

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 conferences are designed to help you to develop professionally, find employment or employees, learn valuable new strategies and skills to integrate into your work, and develop lasting personal and professional relationships.

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Evergreen Professional Development

Evergreen Professional Development

Evergreen Brick Works professional development opportunities offered virtually as well as in person (gradually) at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

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EEPSA Events

EEPSA Events

A whole bunch of professional development opportunities for educators offered online and in-person. This is updated regularly so make sure to check back often!

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Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School

Offers a diversity of adult & youth programs steeped in deep nature connection. Though they host their programs in Western Washington many are available online as well.

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Outdoor Council of Canada Courses

Outdoor Council of Canada Courses

Leadership training for Canadians that prepare you for leading others outdoors.

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Classrooms 2 Communities Conference

Classrooms 2 Communities Conference

An annual conference open to all educators focused on place-based education. This years’ conference is offered online.

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Green Teacher Webinars

Green Teacher Webinars

A wide variety of webinars offered to everyone for free, register for one today!

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