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How Does Vulnerability Show up in the Outdoors? PT 1

Karen Lai works as an independent consultant in accessibility and inclusion. She works with businesses and organizations to increase the accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics where she examined the social theories behind social inclusion of people with disabilities. She has more than 20 years of working alongside with individuals with disabilities in the field of recreation, employment, government, and other community involvements.

A Collaborative Approach to Outdoor Learning Support in Schools

In this interactive workshop participants will examine an innovative outdoor learning initiative in the Toronto District School Board. Using school yards and local greenspaces, the TDSB’s Outdoor Education department is shifting how and where outdoor learning happens by supporting educators to make outdoor learning a part of student learning. Participants will enhance their understanding of how collaborative inquiry and a co-teaching process supported educators to provide students with increased curriculum connected learning through the outdoors and the benefits for school communities.

Community as Classroom: Connecting with Places and Partners beyond the Exit Sign

Just beyond the exit sign of every classroom are infinite opportunities to support experiential learning that connects learners to place, land and community. Join us for this engaging, interactive workshop to explore the community as classroom. Be inspired by current place and land-based education for sustainability success stories from Metro Vancouver School and Youth Leadership Programs, UBC Teacher Education and colleagues from across Canada. You’ll take away ideas, inspiration and resources to deepen connections with community, place and partners in your practice.

Environmental education and inclusion: Considering learners’ diverse needs when facilitating outdoor learning

This workshop focusses on environmental education that takes into consideration the needs of diverse learners. The purpose is to develop participants’ abilities to plan inclusive experiences whilst using experiential, environmental, and community-based approaches to facilitate learning. Guided by universal design for learning principles, the reflective process will occur by way of a gentle nature walk with participants encountering different "stations" representing challenges-to-learning that students often face (e.g., intellectual, physical, linguistic, cultural, learning disabilities).

Identity Intersections: Understanding the Role that Social Group Identity Plays in Constructing Environmental Identity

As environmental and outdoor educators, we cultivate the environmental identities of young people. But recent research suggests strategies for doing so can be affected by other identities we hold, such as race and gender. In this session, we will discuss vignettes and data on environmental and social group identities, and explore what these data mean for our work. We will also use research-validated tools to understand the intersections between our own social & environmental identities. Finally, we will make meaning of our reflections using eco-contemplative practices.

PLT Canada’s Forest Literacy Framework: Growing Forest Literate Generations

Learn about Project Learning Tree Canada's Forest Literacy Framework (FLF), this new resource charts a pathway for those who educate young people, create education policy or curricula, or advocate for forests. During this session, participants will explore the 5 Hot Topics within the FLF through an interactive facilitated discussion

Outside In! A Participatory, Inquiry-based Approach to Food Security

Superle, Basran, and UFV students lead attendees through the participatory, inquiry-based process they’re facilitating with children in the Abbotsford School District in the “Outside In! Dig for Your Rights” pilot program. This program addresses challenges in educational settings that hamper creation of outdoor learning opportunities due to non-conducive settings. The program goal is inspiring children to contribute to food security by participating in their local food system. We believe this approach will help children experience their world as a foodscape they’re part of.

Nature’s NEAR (Neighbourhood Eco Action Rangers)

It’s a field trip that comes to you! Through a series of engaging activities, we'll learn about Halton District School Board’s new outdoor and environmental initiative, Nature’s NEAR (Neighbourhood Eco Action Rangers). Rooted in inquiry and place-based education, this initiative aims to connect students and staff to the natural world within their schoolyards in the hopes of fostering stronger community and environmental relationships. We will explore how to make meaningful and accessible outdoor education programs no matter where you are, whether it is a paved schoolyard or flourishing forest!

Learning From Indigenous Perspectives: Outdoor Play Pedagogy in Mainstream Early Learning Centres

Participants in the workshop will engage in experiential activities that they can in turn apply to their own teaching practice. Activities will include pedagogies to support practices such as greeting and expressing gratitude for the gifts of nature, recognizing human interconnectedness with the natural world, and building relationships with, and showing care and responsibility for nature.

Teaching towards reciprocity and identity-affirming classrooms: Akinoomaagzid, Indigenous ways of knowing and Anishinaabemowin

Two educators will share their story using the Akinoomaagzid program developed in partnership with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation to reconnect students to the land, their language and Indigenous ways of knowing. This workshop will model how to actionize reciprocal teaching practices, identity-affirming spaces and ideas around reciprocity. The focus will be Indigenous innovations and connections to Anishinaabemowin and explore Indigenous ways of knowing. Participants will build connections to the land which will strengthen their understanding of Indigenous worldviews.