Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops

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Seasonal virtual workshop series

Workshop recordings

Virtual Campfire Connections (English & français)

Other pro-d opportunities from the outdoor learning community


2022/23 Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshop Series

Presented in partnership with the charitable social enterprise, the 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 are always draw prizes for attendees!
  • Workshops are 60 minutes and will take place on Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern.
    • Please note that ‘Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults’ was postponed to Wed Feb 8th.
  • For those who can’t attend live these will each be 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 after you watch the recording.


Climate Change & Sustainability Education ResourcesClimate Change & Sustainability Education Resources

January 31st 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With Ian Shanahan (Green Teacher) and Sam Levac-Levey (Solutions)

Join Ian Shanahan & Sam Levac-Levey to learn about some fantastic resources for educating, engaging, and empowering students around climate change and sustainability education.

Sam is the developer of the Solutions, a board game to inform and inspire hope and action for the climate. Solutions was designed with educators in mind. Each solution card played requires students to actively engage with the solution, think critically, and discuss it with their peers.

Ian is the Editor of Green Teacher, a world-renowned organization that has published hundreds of practical examples, activities, and lesson plans from teachers who are making a difference in their classrooms and communities.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

You can access these empowering resources here:

  1. Solutions Board Game
  2. Teaching Kids about Climate Change
  3. Teaching Teens about Climate Change
  4. Teaching Green Series: for Elementary, Middle & High Schools
REGISTER HERE!

Taking Math Outdoors: Practical Ideas & ExamplesTaking Math Outdoors: Practical Ideas & Examples

February 7th 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With Pamela Gibson & Janice Haines (Learning for a Sustainable Future)

Wondering how you can further the outdoor experience for your students beyond science and geography? Perhaps re-envisioning your Math Program can help. Join Pamela Gibson & Janice Haines of Learning for a Sustainable Future(LSF) for some inspiring ideas and practical ways of connecting math curricula with outside. It’s a liberating experience!

Pamela is a career long classroom teacher with K-10 experience and has been taking students outdoors for decades. To get at curriculum she uses a hands-on experiential approach, place based outdoor learning and inquiry.

Janice is an elementary teacher with a passion for learning outdoors and in the community. Janice has been using the Sustainable Development Goals to help children become informed active citizens who are taking action and making a difference in their communities.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

You can access some of the Outdoor Math Resources that will be shared here:

  1. Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years
  2. Math in Nature Seasonal Series
REGISTER HERE!

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults

Wed Feb 8th 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With Indigenous Author Monique Gray Smith (note: originally delayed from Jan 17th)

Join us to learn from award-winning, best-selling author and professional consultant Monique Gray Smith as she shares about her most recent published book, the adaptation of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ for the Young Adult audience.

Join Monique for this engaging workshop on how to share Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants with Young Adults. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. She has written eight books including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, and When We Are Kind.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! In addition in your confirmation email you will also be sent a discount code to access Indigenous Learning Resources at the non-profit Outdoor Learning Store, including Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults. Following the workshop you will receive a link to access your Certificate of Attendance.

REGISTER HERE!

Green Ummah & The Great OutdoorsGreen Ummah & The Great Outdoors

February 21st 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With Aadil Nathani, Co-founder of Green Ummah

Join Aadil Nathani of Green Ummah, a non-profit organization with the goal of creating a green movement in the Muslim community.

Aadil has responded to the urgent need to address climate change and the responsibility that we have to take care of the planet by co-founding Green Ummah with the hope that it can provide simple, practical solutions for Muslims to be more environmentally friendly.

Aadil will share some ideas and resources from the work of Green Ummah, and will also share the work of Ambreen Tariq, author of Fatima’s Great Outdoors, and of the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

Featured resource during this session:

  1. Fatima’s Great Outdoors
REGISTER HERE!

A People’s Curriculum for the EarthA People’s Curriculum for the Earth

February 28th 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With Author & Teacher, Tim Swinehart

Tim Swinehart is a high school teacher and co-author of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.

This resource book for educators features some of the best articles from Rethinking Schools magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution – as well as on people who are working to make things better.

At a time when it’s becoming increasingly obvious that life on Earth is at risk, here is a resource that helps students see what’s wrong and imagine solutions.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

Featured resource during this session:

  1. A People’s Curriculum For The Earth
REGISTER HERE!

School Gardening: Teaching Tools & ResourcesSchool Gardening: Teaching Tools & Resources

March 7th 2023 – 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60 min)
With School Garden Educators, Kaci Rae Christopher and Megan Zeni

With spring around the corner, we are excited to bring back Megan Zeni and Kaci Rae Christopher, two amazing school garden specialists!

Kaci Rae is a School Garden & Farm Educator, and author of  The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide for Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole-Systems Thinking.

Megan is a Teacher and School Garden Educator, and the co-curator of the Soil Study and Inquiry Kit, as well as the Looking Closely Outdoor Learning Kit.

Kaci Rae & Megan will share some tips, tricks, activities and resources for taking your learning into your school or community garden. We will also share the learning resource that accompanies the Food Cycler for Schools.

All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

You can access these fantastic outdoor learning resources here:

  1. Soil Study & Inquiry Kit
  2. Looking Closely Outdoor Learning Kit
  3. The School Garden Curriculum
  4. Food Cycler for Schools
REGISTER HERE!

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 

Campfire Logo

Next Campfire: Early 2023 (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88622643499)
Missed our December campfire? Stay tuned for our next one! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for all the updates.

& see below for campfires en français! 

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.

SIGN UP HERE!


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 : Début 2023 (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83424642248)

Vous avez manqué notre feu de camp de décembre ? Restez à l’écoute pour notre prochain ! Inscrivez-vous à notre newsletter et suivez-nous sur les médias sociaux pour toutes les mises à jour.

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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.

 


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 17 Resources.

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Whose Land Pro-D Series

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.

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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

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.

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Indigenous Canada course

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.

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LSF: Pro-D Workshops

LSF: Pro-D Workshops

Based on decades of experience and led by expert facilitators, LSF’s Professional Development (PD) workshops help educators transform their practice and link education to action in meaningful and engaging ways.

Our 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.

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LST: Perfectionnement professionnel

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.

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The Outdoor Teacher

The Outdoor Teacher

Forest school and outdoor learning courses based in UK but available internationally online.

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CBEEN Webinars

CBEEN Webinars

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.

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Natural Curiosity Webinars

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.

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Ever Active Schools Workshops

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

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North American Association for Environmental Education

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.

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Association of Experiential Education

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).

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Evergreen pro-d for educators

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.

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EEPSA Events

EEPSA Events

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.

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Wilderness Awareness School

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.

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Outdoor Council of Canada & training organizations

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.

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Classrooms 2 Communities Conference

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).

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Green Teacher Webinars

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.

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