COEO AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION IN ONTARIO – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Bob Henderson (with help from Kyle Clarke)
This keynote presentation will be a playful organic muse. Our focus will be COEO and OE in Ontario. Together we will journey from the past to the present and then do some imagining of the future. The format will be interactive, busy and quick – and all are invited to contribute to what will be a sweeping presentation, discussion and debate. You might participate by adding to an emerging visual installation or by sharing specific moments, items or ideas orally (and succinctly!) Your moderators (Bob & Kyle!) will try to be engaging and responsive, and act as effective time mangers (Kyle & Bob?), and also do their utmost to ensure lots of fun – as well as quality content. They might fail at this task (no they won’t), but either way it’s bound to be a good time.
Dr. Bob Henderson has been guiding trips and teaching in the outdoors since 1973, primarily Outdoor and Environmental Education at McMaster University. Early years canoeing in Algonquin, Temagami, and Quetico eventually led to Arctic travel in Canada, Iceland, and Norway. These regions have been a focus of Bob’s writings concerning heritage travel and conceptualizing outdoor education and life. He now splits his time between Uxbridge and Algonquin Park in Ontario. His books include Every Trail has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada, Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way and Paddling Pathways: Reflections from a Changing Landscape. He serves as resource editor for Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education and Nastwagan: Journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association.
REMEMBERING THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE: RECOLLECTION & PREDICTION BY LAMPADOMANCY
This presentation examines the past, present, and future of outdoor learning using the metaphor of prediction by fire. Linked with the co-creation of a COEO History (facilitated by Bob Henderson and Kyle Clarke), it will include a crowdsourcing exercise to identify Ontario’s present position on an international evolutionary scale. The presentation content will cover global definitions, philosophies, and practices by the decades. It will conclude with predictions and recommendations for Canada to avoid the problems of other nations and construct a uniquely Canadian form of outdoor learning.
Dr. Simon Priest has facilitated outdoor learning in various roles since 1972. Simon was an instructor for Outward Bound Canada, senior mountain coordinator at Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, and director of outdoor education and camping for a YM/WCA. Dr. Priest was a full professor of outdoor adventure recreation and environmental studies at Brock University in the 1990s. Now retired from university administration, he considers himself to be a recovering academic as he still researches, writes, and teaches. He has been awarded visiting scholar positions in outdoor learning at 30 universities around the world and has conducted practitioner training events in over 50 countries. His latest project is co-editing an open resource and free textbook of readings on outdoor learning for, by, and about Canadians. Please see olic.ca and get involved.