MAKE PEACE WITH WINTER REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY! REGISTER NOW!
Your 2018 COEO Make Peace with Winter Organizing Committee has been hard at work planning for another amazing weekend packed full of professional development, experiential learning and winter fun. Make Peace with Winter is a retreat-style conference for educators interested in learning how to share the outdoors with their students in the coolest of seasons! Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter camping skills; games, crafts, learning activities; snow science, winter ecology and much, much more.
Plan to join us as we learn, share and laugh with kindred spirits from across the province and beyond. We’ll savour delicious food all weekend and enjoy an evening social program filled with fun, dancing and live music. You will leave this professional development experience feeling rejuvenated and with many new ideas and resources in hand. The final ingredient for a perfect winter weekend is you! Our host site will be the Bark Lake Leadership Centre—a place of significant meaning and long standing connection to the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.
***Check out the amazing line-up of workshops, fantastic pre conference PD opportunities, and outstanding keynote presenters! It’s shaping up to be an amazing weekend of learning and fun.
CANADIAN STUDENT OUTDOOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT
The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference (aka The Horwood Conference) is an event organized by and for Canadian students studying outdoor and environmental education, health and physical education, outdoor recreation, adventure leadership, experience-based learning and/or related fields. It is hosted at Queen’s University each year and held over a weekend in February. Graduate, Undergraduate, B.Ed and College students from across Canada will meet at the Horwood Conference to present oral or poster contributions on various research topics related to outdoor education, as well as share games and learning activities, lead workshops, attend special invited lectures, and also meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer Bachelor of Education and graduate degrees with a focus on outdoor education.
DATE: February 2-3, 2018
LOCATION: SKHS Building, 28 Division Street, Queen’s University
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Simon Beames, University of Edinburgh & Dr. Lisa Nisbet, Trent University
Jeremiah Perry Sub-committee
As COEO members know, the sad loss of Jeremiah Perry this summer in a drowning incident while on canoe trip in Algonquin Park has precipitated changes to some school board policies and procedures around swimming, swim testing, and student opportunities for canoeing. The COEO BOD has been working behind the scenes, and discussing this with members at the fall conference, to choose the best way forward. While wanting to advocate for our profession and for these valuable opportunities for students, we also want to take a measured approach to a response until more information becomes available. A sub-committee is being formed to consider this response. The level of involvement required by sub-committee members is still a bit of an unknown, but we expect to meet for two conference calls, and perhaps an in-person meeting (GTA) to get started. We will require writers, people with experience canoeing with students and who understand school board processes, and eventually a spokesperson who understands media relations. We would also like feedback from members who can articulate the changes they have seen, if any, in their school board guidelines, specifically, around swim testing, canoeing (“base camp”), and canoe tripping. If you are interested in being involved, please contact email@example.com
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
2018 CWF Conservation Achievement Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for CWF’s 2018 Conservation Awards. When you know someone who is contributing to conservation efforts in Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation invites you to nominate them for our Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards Program. Each year countless Canadians of all ages demonstrate their commitment to wildlife conservation through active involvement. Their actions contribute to the protection of our country’s natural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. These are the people we hope to see nominated for an award.
Nominations are being accepted until January 31st, 2018. Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Experiential Learning: An Infographic
Living Planet @ School
Interested in seeing what classrooms and school groups across the country are doing to support the planet? Check out all the projects here. There are school yard cleanups, polar bear walks and NatureSketch activities to get inspired by. Join the World Wildlife Foundation movement with your classroom today!
Water Docs @ School Action Projects
Water Docs @ School (WD@S) is a free, curriculum-connected community action program that actively engages Ontario Grade 8 students in addressing water issues through authentic inquiry, project-based learning, and video production. This program builds students’ understanding of water and instills in them a commitment to water stewardship.
To see how this program aligns with the new Community-Connected Experiential Learning Policy Document released in Fall 2017 by the Ministry of Education, click on our flyer for more details.
2018 Ocean Awareness Contest
Bow Seat’s annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest is now accepting submissions! Students ages 11-18 are invited to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music (new!) that explore this year’s theme: Our Oceans in a Changing Climate.
- Students can earn awards of up to $1,500!
- Open to: students from around the world ages 11-18 with an adult sponsor
- Students can work as individuals or a group
- Free to enter
- Deadline: June 18, 2018
To learn more and submit, visit: http://www.bowseat.org/contest.php(link is external)
Contact: Alyssa Irizarry – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, inspiration, and classroom resources, visit: http://www.bowseat.org/contest.php(link is external)
Nourish Curriculum Guide, Learning for a Sustainable Future
What’s the story of your food? The goal of this curriculum is to actively engage students in a meaningful conversation about food and food systems. The seven activities included in the Guide give students opportunities to reflect on current food practices, to explore more sustainable ones, and to link their learning to relevant action.
Click here for more details.
Climate Change Lesson Plans (Grades 7-10)
Let’s Talk Energy in partnership with Canadian Geographic & Natural Resources Canada has created two free climate change units for middle years to high school. Canada in a Changing Climate: The Living World (Gr. 7-8) & Society and Economy(Gr. 9-10) touch on themes of climate change and biodiversity, the environment, the economy, and health and urban life.
Download the free lesson plans and accompanying infographics on our website.
EcoSource Resource: ReRooted in Play
Want to know more about inclusivity in the garden?
Ecosource’s latest resource works to support educators to provide hands-on, garden-themed activities for children, youth and adults of all abilities. This resource aims to reduce barriers and encourage
educators to facilitate physically active and fun outdoor learning that is inclusive for all.
Download the Access Companion Guide here.
Canadian Conservation Corps
The Canadian Conservation Corps is a new national program for 18 to 30 year olds where they will gain skills to engage their peers in meaningful conservation in their own communities. The program has three parts:
- 2-week Wilderness Expedition
- 3-Month Service Learning placement with a conservation expert and;
- Time in their home community to connect their peers with conservation.
For more information, go to: http://cwf-fcf.org/en/
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
2018 LEAP Conference with Laurie Frank
Conference – February 26, 2018
Post Conference – February 27, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Ropes Course and Climbing Wall Management & Certification
February 27 – March 2, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Assistant Ropes Course Instructor – Level One
April 2-6, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Ropes Course Instructor – Level Two
April 2-6, 2018
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster
Full Schedule www.adventureworks.org
Project WILD & Below Zero Workshop
January 12th, 2018, Bark Lake Leadership Centre
Project WILD Below Zero WorkshopProject WILD is a classic K-12 environmental education program which is one of the most conventional programs used nationwide. With the interdisciplinary Project WILD Activity Guide, you’ll be able to explore topics from; the types of habitats migrating birds need to survive the trek to their wintering grounds to how new fishing technologies have affected the fish populations. The guide features 121 complete lesson plans about wildlife and the environment that can be adapted to suit any age, grade or subject.
Click here for the event details.
Working on Ice
January 12, 2018, Bark Lake Leadership Centre
This course is for individuals or small groups that are required to work or choose to play on bodies of ice covered water. The goal of this course is to give people practical assessment and decision making skills to determine safe versus non-safe ice coverings.
Click here for the event details.
School Waste Reduction Workshops
The Region of Peel’s Waste Reduction Workshops, delivered by Ecosource, engage students in contemporary waste issues and foster critical thinking through hands-on learning. These curriculum-linked workshops are offered to individual classes (Kindergarten to Grade 12) within Mississauga. The program, led by qualified and knowledgeable Ecosource educators, aims to inspire change in waste reduction practices and study in each classroom by creating awareness amongst students, teachers, and administrators.
- Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 workshops per day for elementary schools
- Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 workshops per day for secondary schools
- Maximum of 30 students per workshop
- Student and classroom takeaways are provided to reinforce the concepts covered in each workshop
- Workshops are only available to Mississauga elementary and secondary schools
- Programs are inclusive of different learning styles and can be further accommodated based on student needs
Click below to view available workshops:
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds provides schools with resources and grants to help you make your school grounds green. Green school grounds help support outdoor education, sensory play and emotional well-being.
Click here for more information.
Outdoor Play and Learning Symposium (OPAL) 2018
January 19, 2018, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference 2018
February 2-3, 2018, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
LEAP Conference 2018
February 28th, 2018, Ancaster, Ontario
2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
April 23-28th, 2018, Burlington, Vermont, USA
Canada International Conference on Education
June 25-28th, 2018, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
EECOM 2018, Classrooms to Communities
October 18-21st, 2018, St. Eugene Mission Resort, Ktunaxa First Nation
8th International Outdoor Education Research Conference
November 19-23rd, 2018, USC, Sippy Downs Campus, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Stewardship Youth Ranger Team Lead, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fort Frances
The Stewardship Youth Ranger Program provides youth with the opportunity to work outdoors, learn about environmental issues affecting their community and acquire the valuable skills and work experience needed to launch their future careers.
Click here for the full job description.
Conservation Educator (Interim, Maternity Leave), Ausable Bayfield Conservation
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is accepting applications for the position of Conservation Educator – Interim. This position is a maternity leave position with the opportunity to work on a variety of education programs for students, youth and the public within the Stewardship, Land and Education Department.
Contract duration: February 5, 2018 – December 15, 2018
Please provide your résumé and cover letter (via post-mail or e-mail) clearly marked Conservation Educator by Monday, January 8, 2018, 9 a.m. local time to:
Kate Monk, Stewardship, Land and Education Manager
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5
For full job description, click here. Posting closes on January 8th, 2018.
Executive Director, Ontario EcoSchools
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of Ontario EcoSchools (legal name: EcoSchools Canada). The Executive Director will support the organization’s leadership team to ensure the sustainability, financial viability, fulfillment of the mission and vision, and strategic direction set in conjunction with the Board of Directors. They will collaborate with the Associate Director in operational planning and guide partnership development, reporting, and fundraising. The ideal candidate is passionate about environmental learning and action in the k-12 school system and demonstrates a strong track record in leading an organization, change management, and stakeholder relations.
Click here for the full job description. Posting closes on January 12th, 2018.
Certification Assessor, Ontario EcoSchools
Ontario EcoSchools is seeking temporary staff to join our team! Assessors will review certification applications, conduct school visits, and celebrate with schools certifying in the Ontario EcoSchools program.
Please send resume and cover letter in a single PDF to Sierra Frank at email@example.com by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5pm.
Interviews will be staring the following week via Skype.
Please clearly indicate which region(s) you are applying for at the top of your cover letter and in the subject line of your email.
Full job description can be found here.
Program Supervisor, NOLS Yukon
Applicants must possess a thorough understanding of the NOLS mission. NOLS instructor certification, with course leading experience, particularly in the Yukon, strongly desired. This position demands excellent oral and written communication skills, problem-solving and team-building skills, ability to work independently and in a small team, and a willingness to work flexible and irregular hours in both a program and operational role. Duties include supervising faculty in the areas of course logistics, curriculum, risk management, performance expectations and evaluation, and administration. Facilitate communication between NOLS administration and faculty. Be a role model and source of expertise for operational in-town staff.
Outdoor Educator, Evergreen
The Outdoor Educator will deliver educational programming activities for School Groups, children and families at Evergreen Brick Works. The Outdoor Educator will be expected to deliver programming that is place based, hands-on, ecological, arts infused and active, while integrating expectations from across the curriculum. An Outdoor Educator should have a passion for teaching, and hold knowledge of local ecology, geology, and history as well as a willingness to learn.
Cover letters and resumes can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please Reference “Outdoor Educator” in the subject line
By Mail to Attention: Human Resources
Centre for Green Cities, Suite 300
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3X8
Full job description can be found here. Applications close January 15th, 2018.
Gardens Program & Education Manager (full time), Ecosource
Ecosource is seeking a Gardens Program & Education Manager to support Ecosource’s Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture programs. The Gardens Program & Education Manager will oversee the delivery and development of community gardens and local food programs in the Region of Peel. A key focus of this position is the management of Ecosource’s growing Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture team, including 5 full-time and 3 part-time staff.
For full job posting, click here. Applications close by January 14th, 2018.
Program Facilitator, Adventureworks! Associates Inc.
Adventureworks! Associates is hiring a team of energetic facilitators to deliver quality adventure programs to our school, youth, and community-focused clients. Program facilitators will work directly with our senior program management team to prepare, deliver, and debrief adventure experiences including day and overnight programs and front-country expeditions.
Click here for the full job posting.
Program Manager, The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives
The Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) http://www.cicada.world is a multidisciplinary research centre that supports indigenous peoples’ collective life projects to generate innovative regimes of environmental protection and alternative visions of development. The Program Manager will oversee the centre’s activities and communications strategy. The centre brings together the projects and programs of more than seventy regular members and collaborators undertaking partnered research with indigenous peoples globally, including the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia.
Please submit your cover letter and your curriculum vitae by email to Dr. Colin Scott, Director, CICADA, at email@example.com and cc’d to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘CICADA posting — reference number MT0420’ by January 25, 2018. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
Ropes Course Installer, Adventureworks! Associates Inc.
Adventureworks! Associates Inc. are looking for an experienced Ropes Course Installer to help fulfill client contracts by installing high and low ropes course elements, climbing walls, and other portable products across Canada.
Click here for the full job posting.
Outdoor Educator, YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
Outdoor Educators facilitate outdoor education programs, including leadership and team building activities for participants of all ages from elementary and secondary school groups, colleges and universities, retreats, youth groups, sports teams, conferences and other youth and adult groups. We are currently hiring for three contract lengths:
- Two months: April 23 – June 30, 2018
- Four months: April 23 – September 3, 2018
- Eight months: April 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is located in York Region near Bolton, Ontario approximately 45 minutes north of Toronto and is a 263 acre site that has two significant program focuses: summer camp programs and year round outdoor education programs. Cedar Glen welcomes outdoor education, retreat and conference groups, offering meals served in our dining hall, overnight accommodation, meeting facilities and a variety of outdoor experiential education programs. Outdoor education programs are also delivered at off-site locations including Toronto Island, in schools, and in other facilities. Shared staff accommodation is available on-site in our staff cottage.
More information about this position and application details can be found at: https://ymcagta.org/join-our-team/employment-opportunities/761-outdoor-educator
Instructor/Residential Care Worker (Full time, Permanent), Wendigo Lake Expeditions
Instructors/Residential Care Workers for Project DARE & REACH Residential Adventure Therapy Programs provide direct service programming including delivery of the intensive therapeutic and behaviour management program; facilitating adventure activities ranging from games/initiatives, low and high ropes courses and other challenge activities; leading wilderness expeditions; supporting the school program; and facilitating life skills programming including cooking and daily chores routines.
Instructors are paid a variable per diem based on work experience, services provided, and level of responsibility. A typical annual income ranges from $32,000-$42,000 plus benefits including an extended health care plan. Work schedules vary per program, but average 15-18 days per month. If you are well-qualified, enjoy the challenge of working with youth who have very challenging behaviours, and would like to work as a member of a motivated team of exceptional people within a culture of support and feedback, send a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Workshop Facilitator (contract position), TREC Education
Working primarily with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in schools from grades 4-8. The Workshop Facilitator will lead educational workshops that use hands-on renewable energy models, such as wind turbines and solar panels, to educate students about science curriculum-linked topics, such as electricity, energy resources & conservation, and career building. We use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based learning in all our programs. The successful candidate will deliver TREC Education’s renewable energy education programs; market workshops to schools; maintain workshop equipment.
Please click here for more details on this job posting.
Teachers, Educators, Counsellors (Winter & Spring), The Boundless School
Our mission is to go to the ends of the earth to help teens achieve academic and social outcomes beyond their wildest dreams. We are quite relentless in insisting people be good to each other. The result is an exquisite learning environment where kids don’t want to leave. In the Fall and Winter, we deliver an adventure-based boarding school for struggling teens.
For more information or to apply, please click here.
Casual Outdoor Education Instructors, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Outdoor Education Centres (MacSkimming & Bill Mason Centre) provide outdoor curriculum-based hands-on programming to a wide range of classes and students within the OCDSB and from across the Ottawa area.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is currently seeking Outdoor Education Instructors to work on a casual basis at our two Centre locations – Bill Mason Centre and MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre.
If you would like more information about becoming a casual Outdoor Education Instructor, please contact Kevin Wallace, Coordinator of OCDSB Outdoor Education Centres, at (613) 833-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click here for the full job posting.
Multiple Opportunities, Bark Lake Leadership Centre
Bark Lake 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! There are multiple summer job openings for 2018:
Indigenous Programs Coordinator, Outward Bound Canada
Outward Bound Canada’s programs for Indigenous youth and young adults combine the philosophy of Outward Bound with the values and teachings reflected in Canadian Indigenous cultures and communities. For more than 25 years, Outward Bound Canada has worked with various Indigenous communities and organizations to help develop inspiring and valuable programs.
This individual will oversee the administration and admissions of Outward Bound Canada’s National Indigenous Programs. This includes the creation of on-boarding materials for students and community groups, processing applications and registrations, collection of post course feedback and the creation of course end reports. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone who is highly motivated and compassionate with a profound commitment to supporting the development aspirations of Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Click here for the full job description.
Northern Ontario Wilderness Instructor, Outward Bound Canada
Starting in April 2016, OBC collaborated with Pine River Institute (PRI). Pine River Institute is an innovative co-ed residential treatment program for teens struggling with addictive behaviors. Every student, upon entering the program, spends 8 or more weeks in Algonquin Park before moving to the residence. An OBC instructor co-delivers the Outdoor Leadership Experience Program with 2 Pine River staff, and up to 8 participants. Although there are day to day joint responsibilities, PRI staff focus on the therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience, while OBC instructors ensure group safety, teach basic wilderness skills, and create course logistics with the direction of the Program Manager.
We are looking for individuals with the qualifications and related experience, facilitating outdoor wilderness experiences, demonstrated sound judgment, integrity, patience, commitment, and an ability to maintain clear boundaries with vulnerable youth ages 14-20. A typical rotation schedule includes 1 day of course prep on a Monday, in the field time Tuesday- Tuesday. Wednesday a wrap day. This is followed by a period off of 6 days off.
For the full job description, click here.
Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE) Field Instructor (Full-time), Pine River Institute
Pine River Institute is an innovative co-ed residential treatment program for teens struggling with addictive behaviours. We are a family-centered program comprised of 4 phases: Wilderness (Outdoor Leadership Experience), Residential, Transition, and Aftercare. Every student, upon entering the program, spends 8 or more weeks in Algonquin Park before moving to the residence. Day-to-day activities in wilderness include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, group initiatives, group and individual therapy, and journaling. Youths live and work in nature in groups of up to eight, with three staff.
Our campus is situated on 200 acres of spectacular Niagara Escarpment land near Shelburne, Ontario. The program here includes outdoor education, individual, group, and family therapy, expressive arts, athletics, and life skills, as well as the more traditional academic offerings.
We are currently seeking experienced Wilderness Field Instructors to help us deliver this unique program, primarily in Algonquin Park and also at the Shelburne campus. We are looking for individuals with the qualifications and related experience in Wilderness field work, demonstrated sound judgment, integrity, patience, commitment, an ability to maintain clear boundaries, and a sense of humour. The primary responsibility of the Field Instructor is to deliver the Outdoor Leadership Experience program; ensure group safety, teach basic wilderness skills, solidify course logistics, and maintain focus on the therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience.
The schedule is run on a rotation of 8 days in the field (in South River area), 2 days off, 4 days working at the campus near Shelburne, and 7 days off shift. The role is challenging and rewarding for the right candidate. If you want to make a difference and believe you have the right stuff, we want to hear from you! Click here for more details.
We offer competitive compensation, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative program. Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Gayle Dennison, Human Resources Manager email@example.com or fax to 519-925-9220.
ONTARIO CAMPS ASSOCIATION – JOB BOARD
The OCA Job Board is always an excellent place to find job postings in the field of outdoor education. Check out their website, as many full-time positions at outdoor centres and camps are now being advertised.
ABOUT THIS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
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