FALL 2017 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL-FOR-PRESENTERS
The 2017 COEO Conference Organizing Committee has been hard at work and plans are well underway for this year’s annual conference. This year’s conference theme, Inspired by Nature, Innovative by Practice, asks participants and presenters to share the learning experiences that have inspired them as well as the innovative work they are doing in the field. This conference will provide an opportunity to share best practices around outdoor education and explore new ideas and perspectives about engaging children and youth in outdoor learning. Our host site will be Camp Couchiching—located near the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Orillia, Ontario, “Camp Cooch” operates as a year-round outdoor education centre and summer camp, and also maintains close ties to its surrounding community through various action projects and unique program offerings.
How can we, as Outdoor and Experiential Educators, instill a lasting love of the outdoors in others? How is your practice expanding and/or changing the field of outdoor education? How are you bringing people together? How can we, as educators, foster and maintain hope and resilience in youth?
The conference committee is currently seeking workshop and presentation proposals that focus on, but are not limited to:
Innovation and Creativity: How do you keep your practice fresh? How do you think outside the box to create meaningful outdoor programs? How do your methods integrate technology into the outdoors? How do you use your outdoor spaces in innovative ways?
Community and Inclusion: How are you influencing the culture that is driving your community? How can we use our teachings to celebrate diversity? How can we build and enrich strong communities?
Activism and Perseverance: How do you motivate students to advocate for meaningful change? How do you challenge the status quo to shift social and environmental norms? How do you stay motivated as an activist/educator?
***To submit a presentation proposal please click here. Submissions are due by June 15th, 2017.
COEO IS LOOKING FOR OEE PHOTOS
COEO is looking to create a database of diverse, high-quality photographs depicting OEE activities. These photos will be used to create the new version of our website and support the updating of the 2007 Research Document. Click here to see the full requirements of this photo contest. The deadline is June 16, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged!
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
Human Kinetics Canada: Monthly Book Discount Offer
Order now and get your Members-only special discount through HK Canada. Another great membership benefit brought to you by The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. Use code W890 to receive Free Shipping on orders of $25 or more + get 40% off if you sign up for HKRewards. Click here to sign up! Good for 1x use only. Offer expires 05/31/2017.
Outdoor Survival Guide provides you with the essential survival information to help you overcome the most frequently encountered outdoor hazards. This guide offers practical, step-by-step instruction so you can implement the skills and techniques even under the most stressful circumstances. From extreme cold to the isolated wilderness, you’ll have the tools to survive. For more details click here.
Outdoor Classroom Day – May 18th, 2017
Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 18 May 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritize playtime.
Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.
It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do!
If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? Or, if you’re an outdoor learning pro, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing already and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.
Sign up your school, or talk to your child’s school and get involved in this outdoor learning initiative. Click here to sign up!
New 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.
Call for Book Submissions from Children and Young People – ChildhoodNature
ChildhoodNature is a term that researchers have developed that helps us to remember that children, and all people, are part of the natural world. Children and young people like you understand that the natural world, including plants and animals, is very important for many reasons and you have many ideas about how to share our planet with other living things. We hope that your submissions in The ChildhoodNature Companion can help all of us, including adults, learn from children and young people about how to build and sustain lasting relationships with animals, plants, and other living things in our homes, backyards, neighbourhoods, parks, oceans, and in many other wild and not-so-wild places.
We are looking for anything and everything that you, as children, teenagers, and young people (ages 0-25), might contribute that draws on your ideas about nature, your experiences with animals, or your thoughts about environmental issues. We will accept essays, poetry, short stories, photographs, photo-essays, opinion pieces, drawings, paintings, and potentially even video submissions. Once we have collected enough submissions we will decide which pieces to include and work with the authors and artists to edit their work if necessary for the final book. Anyone wishing to submit a piece must register their details at the (protected) website listed below, indicating their intention to submit, the kind of work, and any association with adult researchers:
Please note that all children and teenagers under the age of 18 will require consent from a parent or guardian in order to participate in this exciting project. More information about consent can be found at the online registration site (as above) or can be made available by contacting the editors (see below). Once we collect your personal contact information and we have your parent/guardian permission, you will then be invited to submit your work directly to the website of our publishing company, Springer (see https://meteor.springer.com/sihe-cn).
The deadline to submit is May 22nd, 2017.
We are Dr. Helen Widdop Quinton, Dr. Laura Piersol, David Roussell, and Dr. Joshua Russell, researchers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States who have worked with children all over the world on projects highlighting their connections with animals, nature, and environmental issues like climate change. We are passionate about making children’s voices heard in order to think about how to build a better future for all living things on our planet.
If you have any questions about our project, the book, or the submission process, you can contact one of the following editors, Dr. Laura Piersol, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Joshua Russell, at email@example.com.
Invitation from Canada C3 project
As part of the Canada C3 project, we are creating, together with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Teachers from across the country, the Canada C3 Digital Classroom. The members of your Ontario Teaching Subject Association have been identified as Teachers and Educators we hope to engage in this initiative. Specifically, we are inviting your members to contribute to the Canada C3 Digital Classroom which will launch in early 2017 and be promoted through an extensive network of national and regional education partners already well established in Canadian schools. This content will be further enhanced by educational resources that are being provided by dozens of national educational NGO partners who specialize in one of the central themes highlighted above. Teachers who design and contribute an exemplary learning module for the Canada C3 Digital Classroom will be invited to apply to become a Canada C3 Participant on one of the 15 legs of the expedition.
COEO’s facebook page has all of the required documents needed for pursuing this opportunity.
Save the Date! Trailhead Canada
Canada’s 2017 – 150 Anniversary National Trails Celebration
For full details: https://trailheadcanada.com/home/
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
Leaders of the Day
Paddle Canada Certification Programs with Leaders of the Day
Nationally recognized certifications delivered by expert wilderness Instructors
Paddle Canada Advanced Level Canoe Tripping + Introduction to Lake Skills Combo.
*This is the current certification required by O.P.H.E.A. to take students on canoe expeditions
May 23rd to 28th 2017 in Killarney
August 20th to 25th 2017 in the Algonquin Interior
Guide Star Training Program: 4 Great Certifications in just 8 days!
May 23rd to 30th 2017 in Killarney
August 20th to 27th in the Algonquin Interior
– Paddle Canada Advanced Canoe Tripping
– Paddle Canada Introduction to Lake Skills
– Wilderness and Survival Skills Program
– Back-country Navigation Level 1
Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 Course for Instructors and Trip Leaders
For use at camps, canoe clubs, schools and special groups Ideal for group instruction up to 14 persons at a time. Add to your ORCKA certifications.
You will be able to certify ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Level 1 for new paddlers or experienced paddlers.
Level 3 Skills certification in any discipline OR any ORCKA Canoe Instructor
A log of shared leadership for 10 day-trips and a total of 200 kms
ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 course runs May 19 (evening) 20, 21, 22 at Port Perry, (north east of Toronto) $300. Accommodations possible in campgrounds available at your cost or shared.
or ORCKA office 416 426 7016
or Gordon Haggert: firstname.lastname@example.org, 519 253 4055
Rocky Mountain Instructor Development Program
The Outward Bound Canada Instructor Development Program is designed to give you a high-quality immersion into the Outward Bound process. This is the most rugged of any course: you will be challenged mentally, physically and emotionally so that you may advance your own skills in order to come away as a more confident outdoor educator. Furthermore, this immersion into the Outward Bound teaching model will educate you on how to coach students, meet them where they are at, manage risks, and challenge them where needed – so that your students will emerge from their courses as more resilient, self-reliant and compassionate people. Those who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for a summer internship with the Outward Bound Canada Rocky Mountain School.
Internships are designed to allow you to continue your learning from your program and get practical experience leading alongside our seasoned instructors. If chosen for an Internship, you would be assigned to one of our summer wilderness programs which take place July and August and are generally between 20 and 24 days in length.
For more information on this opportunity please click here.
Assistant Ropes Course Instructor (Level 1)
May 10-14, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON
Low Ropes Facilitator (Level 1)
May 10-11, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON
Ropes Course Instructor (Level 2)
May 15-19, 2017
Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON
For more details on any of the above courses, click here.
Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars
Depaving: A New Way to Change Cities from Grey to Green
Presenter: Alix Taylor
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 7:30-8:30pm EST
Best Practices in School Gardens
Presenter: Mary Dudley
Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 7:30-8:30pm EST
OSEE PD Day 2017
May 27th, 2017, Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
Lakehead Faculty of Education AQ Course
This course provides K-12 classroom teachers with the theoretical and practical foundations needed to take their students outdoors regularly and within their home communities. Successful completion of the course includes an undergraduate university credit as well as the AQ.
July 3rd – 28th, 2017
Click here for more information.
The Canadian Network for Environmental Education (EECOM) Annual Conference
May 18-21, 2017, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Title/theme will be See Change: Tides of Environmental Learning
Nature-based Preschool National Conference
August 3-5, 2017, Seattle, Washington
International Play Association World Conference
September 13-17, 2017, Calgary, Alberta
9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)
September 9-15, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia
Title/theme will be Culturenvironment: Weaving new connections
Southwest Fall Program Supervisor, NOLS (Tuscon, Arizona)
Job Objective: Supervise NOLS Southwest field staff, ensuring program quality and promoting student and field staff satisfaction. Administer curriculum, provide route information, and oversee risk management practices. Deliver feedback on performance and mentor field staff on career development.
Applicant must possess a thorough understanding of and passion for the NOLS mission. NOLS senior instructor and course leader is preferred. Experience in the school’s canoeing program is preferred. Field time at NOLS Southwest and experience in the school’s backpacking, caving and rock climbing is helpful. This position demands excellent oral and written communication skills, problem-solving and team-building skills, staff management experience, ability to work independently and a willingness to work flexible and irregular hours. Mac computer skills are helpful.
Send cover letter and resume to: Lindsay Nohl
520-749-0955 ext. 3422
Please contact Lindsay Nohl with any questions about the position.
Closing date for applications is May 17, 2017.
For more information about this position, please click here.
Fall 2017 Instructor Positions, ALIVE Outdoors
The philosophy of ALIVE Outdoors is grounded in the belief that students should have the opportunity to realize their potential. This realization begins with students understanding their personal strengths and how these strengths can contribute to being an active and engaged person living with intention. In a society that encourages competition, one of our objectives is to create experiences where students learn the value of collaboration. At ALIVE, we believe this starts with developing and continuously deepening respectful and authentic relationships with self, others and nature.
- 21 Years of Age
- Clean and Current Vulnerable Sector Check
- Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
- Two professional references that are able to comment on your character as well as your capabilities as an educator.
For more information on working for ALIVE or to apply, please click here.
Fall Group Leader (Contract), Norval Outdoor School
We are looking for 2 Group Leaders to assist with our Grade 7 Fall Outdoor Education Program. This is an exciting and innovative program with a strong focus on helping students connect with themselves, each other and the natural environment. Program components include a variety of team building and high/low ropes course activities, a pioneer history simulation, archaeology and photography. Each group of students sleep in tents in different areas of the Norval property.
The Grade 7 Program dates are as follows:
- Monday, September 4th to Friday, September 8th, 2017
- Monday, September 11th to Friday, September 15th, 2017
- Monday, September 18th to Friday, September 22nd, 2017
- Monday, September 25th to Friday, September 29th, 2017
- Monday, October 2nd to Friday, October 6th, 2017
Overview of Duties:
- Assist with planning and delivery of either morning or afternoon program
- Shares in supervision of students throughout the day including program, free time, meals, evenings and overnight
- Camp out as one of two overnight supervisors for a group of 20 students.
- Shares management & maintenance of specific program materials
Education and Experience:
- B. Ed. and/or an undergraduate degree in an outdoor-related program
- Current First Aid and CPR certifications
- Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work as a team player
- Proven competency in outdoor and beyond-the-classroom skill areas
- Ability to adhere to certain protocols and at the same time flexible to changing environmental circumstances as well as needs of groups
- Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check required
$190 per day plus room and board (a very nice tent), pro-rated for partial days.
Please submit your résumé, and cover letter and the names of three references by Friday, May 19th to Bill Elgue, Director, Norval Outdoor School, Norval Outdoor School, email@example.com
Interpretive Program Guide, Grand River Conservation Authority
This position is responsible to deliver a variety of outdoor/environmental education programs to youth groups, school groups and the general public at GRCA Nature Centres and parks. This position will be required to work primarily weekends and evenings.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills (public speaking/teaching skills).
- Experience and or training in nature interpretation, environmental teaching or outdoor education.
- Knowledge of GRCA operations and programs.
- Basic computer skills.
- Proven commitment to providing excellent customer service
- Demonstrated competency with basic outdoor/environmental education equipment (e.g., snowshoes, microscopes, hip waders, GPS units, etc.).
- Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety Act.
- CPR and First Aid Certified required
- A satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required
The deadline for application is May 11th, 2017. For the official job description, please click here.
Learning Coordinator (Full time), MEC Toronto
As a Learning Coordinator, you’ll bring events, festivals, clinics and programs to life. Some will be in store, others will be on trails, roads and water. You’ll use your positive attitude and project management experience every day – when plan A doesn’t work, you’ll find creative ways to make plan B (or C, D, E, F, G) fly.
You’ll work with an inclusive, hands-on, collaborative group that connects people with quality products to encourage active outdoor lives. You’ll always be learning, and there’s a good chance your co-workers will inspire you to try something new, like riding in a Fondo, bouldering or paddleboarding.
What you do:
- Coordinate learning programs and skills programs for staff to try new activities and products.
- Tailor learning materials to the store and give feedback to improve learning materials.
- Think about the big picture, strategize, problem solve, and make things happen with the store manager and senior staff team.
- Open and close the store, along with other senior staff duties.
What you bring:
- 1 to 3 years of training or instructional design experience.
- Great communication – you listen first, then share knowledge. This goes for both speaking and writing.
- You can manage projects, timelines and nitty-gritty details while keeping cool.
- Super savviness with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- An outgoing and enthusiastic personality. You’re influential and inspire those around you to do great stuff.
- You’re stoked on something: you love to build trails, log miles, organize hut trips, lean into corners, climb splitters or do something outside every day.
The closing date for this application is May 14th, 2017. For more information, click here.
Fall Program Instructor Part-time Contract, YMCA Wanakita
The Fall Outdoor Centre Program Instructor is a contract position responsible for delivering and facilitating recreational and educational programs throughout the season. The instructor is primarily responsible for programming (canoeing, kayaking, swimming, high ropes, initiatives, archery, environmental programs, out trips etc.) and site support. The Fall Outdoor Program Instructor will report directly to the Program Coordinator under the supervision of the Outdoor Centre Director.
Contract dates are August 28th – October 25th, 2017.
Click here for the full job description. Deadline for applying is July 31st, 2017.
Various Outdoor Education positions (including Canoe/Voyageur Guides, and Camp Counsellors), Great Moose Adventures
Great Moose Adventures prides itself as a highly respected, quality Outdoor Education Centre. To achieve this status, we rely on an amazing staff of hard working, passionate, skilled outdoor educators, teachers, ECE’s and young professionals. As such we are always on the look out for new candidates and fresh faces. Please visit our website to see a list of current job openings, including details and requirements.
Click here for the full job descriptions and application details.
Multiple Opportunities at Outward Bound Canada
Outward Bound Canada’s greatest asset is our instructional staff. Accomplished outdoor educators with extensive technical and facilitation skills, and the passion and compassion to inspire students to learn, our instructors come from all walks of life with a vast array of talents and experiences. Some have worked extensively in outdoor education, while others come from university programs or other career paths. We value group facilitation skills, life experience, passion, dedication, resiliency, and teaching ability as highly as technical proficiency.
Click here to find links to multiple job opportunities.
Summer Nature Camp Program Staff, p.i.n.e. project
The Primitive Integrated Naturalist Education (p.i.n.e.) project is a registered non-profit organization created to bring the wonders of the natural world back to the urban jungle. p.i.n.e.’s mission is to inspire healthy, lifelong connections between people and nature through outdoor-based learning and play.
This is a paid position working under the supervision of the p.i.n.e. camp directors. All program staff will be expected to work five day camp weeks, with weekends and statutory holidays off. Special notes: Each week of camp has a Thursday evening campfire that staff are expected to attend and participate in, from 6:30pm-8:15pm, along with the camp take-down weekend from Aug. 26-27, 2017.
For more info on these camps, check out their pages on our website: https://www.pineproject.org
Interested applicants are asked to forward their cover letter and resume by email to Eileen, Camps Coordinator. Please use the subject line “Summer Camps Staff Application 2017: [Your Name]”. Applications will continue to be reviewed until all positions are filled.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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