Resources from COEO
Like many of you, COEO has been adapting to the restrictions of the pandemic and finding new ways to promote & support outdoor education.
We created a YouTube channel, where you can watch recordings of the two free webinars we’ve hosted during the pandemic: Taking Your Kindergarten Students Outside and Engaging Students in Nature-Based Programming Online.
An Outdoor Learning Tips resource document was compiled and has been widely distributed. Please share this with any educators you know looking for advice on taking their students outside.
We started a monthly webinar series, free for COEO members to attend and available on a sliding scale for non-members. More details about upcoming webinars can be found here.
Other Helpful Resources for Outdoor Education During Covid-19
Outdoor Council of Canada has posted a collection of guidelines and supporting documentation to assist outdoor programs care for their participants and implement effective COVID-19 adaptations. *NOTE* – These documents related to outdoor activities come from a diversity of sources and each program will have to refer to and use the provincial and regional government guidelines that are most relevant to their particular context.
Association of Experiential Education (AEE) has launched a monthly series of open space roundtable forums for experiential educators to come together and chat informally in a shared space of collaboration, support, and connection. All are welcome from any area of practice or interest! No membership is required to participate.
Peel District School Board – Learning Naturally
Toronto District School Board – Learn from Home
Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG at Home offers accessible, diverse and entertaining learning opportunities for all ages. New resources being added each week, in English and French.
Hardwood Nature School – Homeschool Resources Blog
Learning for a Sustainable Future – Learning Inside Out
NPCA Outdoor Education – At Home
Earth Rangers – Eco Activities
Toronto Zoo – Zoo to You
Summer Camp Professionals COVID-19 Slack Group
Travis Allison, founder of the summer camp pros Facebook Group has started a slack group for all camps and outdoor education centers. This group connects folks from different communities, provides tips, tricks and webinars on how to run online programming and is a great place to ask questions, share resources and learn. To sign up for the Slack group, CLICK HERE
Access to Online Webinars
From the Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF) HERE
From the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) HERE