Finding our 'Place': Fostering Deep Connections to Land Through Outdoor Education
What are we as Outdoor and Experiential Educators doing to connect children and youth to the land? Are we creating a successful environment for youth and children to engage with the culture, history and ecology of a place? How do we encourage individuals to move from a shallow understanding of space to a deep, personal and holistic understanding of place? What activities and techniques are we using to inspire and evoke an understanding of and connection to place?
This year's conference theme, Finding our 'Place': Fostering deep connections to land through Outdoor Education, encourages practitioners to share stories of places and spaces that have inspired deep connections to the land. This conference will provide an opportunity to share best practices around place-based education and explore new ideas and perspectives about connecting children and youth to natural places.
Download a copy of the OFFICIAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM here.
Bark Lake Leadership Centre is a year round leadership and outdoor education facility. Each year Bark Lake welcomes thousands of students from across Ontario and around the world. Students and teachers participate in a wide range of camp and leadership activities including campfires, canoeing, and challenge courses.
Bark Lake Leadership Centre began as the Ontario Camp Leadership facility at Bark Lake in 1948. It has been a forerunner in Outdoor Education and Leadership experiences in North America since that time, for staff and students, corporate leaders and organizational groups. The centre is passionate about making leaders, building character, nature and adventure based experiences, and creating an environment for excellence in group interaction in this beautiful, wild place!
*From Toronto, Mississauga & the west
Take Highway 400 north to Hwy 11. Follow Hwy 11 to 2nd Orillia ext 131A, Hwy 12south. Follow Hwy 12 to the turn off for RR 44 (Rama Rd.) Follow 44 (Rama Rd.) to RR 45.
*From Toronto & the Oshawa area
Take Highway 35 north via Lindsay to RR 121 junction just south of Fenelon Falls. Follow RR 121 north to RR 45/County Rd. 503 Kinmount.
*From North Bay & the north
Take Highway 60 just north of Huntsville to Highway 35. Follow Highway35 south to Kinmount
*From Kingston area
Take Highway 401 West to Hwy 62 at Belleville. Take Hwy 62 North via Madoc to Bancroft, then Hwy 28 west Paudash. Take Hwy to County Rd. 503 at Tory Hill.
*From Ottawa area
Take Hwy 17 to Hwy 60 west. Take Hwy 60 to Renfrew. From Renfrew, take Hwys 132 and 41 to Hwy 28 at Denbigh. Take Hwy 28 west thru Bancroft to Paudash. Take Hwy 118 West to County Rd. 503 at Tory Hill.
Accommodations will be in shared camp cabins at Bark Lake. Facilities include flush toilets and hot showers. Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and flashlight. Tent camping is available on the Bark Lake property (same cost applies). Please inform us of any special accommodation needs on your registration form.
MEALS and SNACKS
The Bark Lake Kitchen will be providing delicious and nutritious meals for the conference. Please outline any dietary needs clearly on your registration form. Coffee, tea, juice and water will be provided at all times in the dining hall. Other snacks will be provided at times indicated. BYOWB! – Bring Your Own Water Bottle. ***Please note, alcohol is permitted on the Bark Lake property (BYOB), but no glass beer bottles – cans only please.
Start slapping your knees and stomping your feet! On Saturday night, the lively trio of "Roz, Tess, and Kim" (an off-shoot of The Living Daylight Stringband, a five-piece old time band based in Toronto, Canada) will have us flying around the dance floor. With a fiddle, a banjo, and a guitar, their sound is at times "full-bodied and muscular, knocking out raucous tunes and, at times, a delicate sketch - an etch - of a tune, all the while singing long-life songs with rich vocal harmonies." The band plays to find each other in the music, to share and to celebrate the rhythms and melodies of this rich folk tradition! This year’s dance theme will be (wait for it…) come dressed-up as your favourite butterfly or moth! That’s right, real or fictional and any larval stage thereof—Lady, Sulphur or Swallowtail; Luna, Hawk or Looper; The regal Monarch or its mimic the Viceroy; Mothra, the Hungry Caterpiller, Papillon, Arthur the Moth, Oscar the Grouch’s friend, Slimey the Worm (actually a caterpillar!). So many ideas, so many potential costumes!!!
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION
AWARD NOMINATIONS AND PRESENTATION
Our annual conference is also the time for us to recognize and celebrate the efforts and achievements of COEO members and other outdoor educators throughout the province. Join us after dinner on Saturday evening as we acknowledge the recipients of this year’s annual COEO awards. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague or organization -- visit our Recognition page to read about our five major awards. A nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here or from the bottom of that page.
SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENING PRESENTATION
Grant Linney, Retired COEO Member, worked at the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (now the Bark Lake Leadership Centre) for 13 summers as a Resource Councillor and Program Director. This was during its heyday years when Bark Lake was run by the Ontario government and open to any youth who was a graduate of grade 10, a resident of Ontario, and sponsored by a youth-serving agency (e.g., summer camps, 4-H, Junior Farmers, Scouts & Guides, high school outdoor clubs). Through this special audio-visual presentation (and walk down memory lane), come learn how "People, Program and Place" made Bark Lake one of the most powerful and transformative programs to ever grace the Ontario OEE scene, and find out what learnings this amazing experience has to offer modern day OEE.
FREE PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - BECOME A CERTIFIED TRAINER FOR INTO NATURE!
The Back to Nature Network, in partnership with COEO, is offering a free pre-conference workshop on September 19th to certify outdoor and environmental educators to lead short, hands-on workshops for teachers based on the Into Nature guide.
What is Into Nature?
In 2012 Ontario's Back to Nature Network worked in partnership with the Halton District School Board, Royal Botanical Gardens and Ontario EcoSchools to create a guide to engage teachers in getting children outdoors as part of their day to day learning. Into Nature is available online as a free download in English and French at www.back2nature.ca. It is a step-by-step guide designed to help any elementary level teacher teach any subject outdoors using the schoolyard or neighbourhood parks. Teacher-developed and teacher-tested lessons and activities range from Nature2Go activities that take less than 30 minutes, to full lesson plans for P, J and I students.
Why train trainers?
Recognizing that the teaching world is crowded with resources, we want to make it easy for teachers to use the guide. We are looking for educators who will take a free one-day, hands-on pilot workshop and agree to share the guide and introduce its activities in short (e.g. after school) introductory workshops for teachers in their Board or region.
The train-the-trainers program will involve a mixture of classroom and outdoor sessions running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 19th at Bark Lake. It is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
For further information or to register....
12TH ANNUAL HIKE HALIBURTON FESTIVAL
Attending the COEO Conference? Well then, COEO Member Barrie Martin would like to extend an invitation to come early to participate in the 12th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival, Canada's largest hiking event. This three day festival attracts over 1500 people to participate in 60 guided hikes, concerts, BBQs, workshops, and contests. There are hikes for all ages and abilities varying in length and level of difficulty. We hope you can join us for the Blast Off BBQ on Thursday, September 18th and participate in one or two of fourteen hikes we have scheduled for Friday before registering for the conference. The hikes are free (donations are welcome).
Accommodation for Thursday night is available at Bark Lake. Call Maria or Karen at (888) 517-9999 or (705) 447-2447 to reserve a room. There are also many other places to stay in the Highlands - http://www.experiencehaliburton.com/category/stay/
For more information on the Festival see www.hikehaliburton.com or call 1-800-461-7677 or 705-286-1777. Pre-registration is recommended
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Regular and Organizational Members $235
Student and Retiree Members $215
Registration can be done online or by mail. Download a copy of the 2014 COEO Conference registration form by clicking here or register online and use PayPal to make payment using your PayPal account or credit card.
*Membership: Registrants for the 2014 COEO Conference must hold a current COEO membership. Membership fees maybe included with registration.
ATTENTION: Organizational Members. Unfortunately our online registration system is unable to process multiple registrants under one membership. An organizational membership may be purchased online along with the conference fee for one attendee, however the subsequent second or third or fouth individual attending under an organizational membership must register by mail. Alternatively, your organizational membership and multiple conference registrations can all be made by post -- download a copy of the 2014 COEO Conference registration form here.
Hey College and University Students!!!
Have you seen this year's OFFICIAL FALL CONFERENCE POSTER yet? (see below) Download a copy for your very own, print and display it with pride in your centre, school, camp, store, park, staffroom, office or outhouse!