Wondering how to support diversity in the outdoors and be a better ally to BIPOC folx within our industry?
Check out this great webinar Black Outdoors: The Connections Between Race and Outdoor Space put on by the Toronto Public Library, featuring Jacqueline L. Scott in conversation with Demiesha Dennis.
Support Colour the Trails and the incredible work being done by Juju Milay to inspire, engage, and uplift people of colour. Donate to this work to help more people access the outdoors.
Support Project Love Run, which is all about womxn’s mental health, community and running. Find out more about them here.
Check out the stories and work shared on social media during #BlackBirdersWeek, #BlackHikersWeek, and the upcoming #BlackBotanistsWeek.
Fall 2020 Conference Update
COEO Awards – Call for Nominations
COEO Awards provide an important opportunity to recognize individual and group efforts, as well as to celebrate the varied expression of outdoor education within our organization and throughout the province of Ontario. Click HERE for more information about the 5 separate categories of COEO Awards and consider nominating a deserving colleague or organization. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of our in-person Annual Fall Conference for 2020, award nomination forms will be received on an ongoing basis in advance of our next in-person awards ceremony in September 2021 at Camp Couchiching. Simply fill out a COEO Awards Nomination Form, then email the completed form to: email@example.com (Liz Kirk, COEO Past President). Thank you for your nomination of an outstanding outdoor educator or organization in Ontario!
COEO Webinar – Outdoor Education for Kindergarten in 2020/21
Thursday, July 9th at 7:00pm – REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.
As summer 2020 begins, many of us are beginning to think about what our return to school could look like. At 7 pm on Thursday, July 9th, COEO will be hosting a Zoom webinar in support of teachers who wish to take their JK/SK students OUTSIDE in the coming year! Can that even be possible? Yes! With the right tools and knowledge in your backpack, we know outdoor school programs can be safe and grounded in solid teaching pedagogy. In fact, we want you to hear directly from teachers already doing this work in the context of a regular public school, and in the private sector/Forest School setting. The biographies of our incredible panel of presenters are below. Each panelist will present for a short time and then we will offer time for discussion of several of the common questions submitted by registrants within the remaining time. Our panel of seasoned outdoor educators taking part in this live, online discussion includes:
Barbara Sheridan – Barbara Sheridan founded and has been lead teacher for Barrie Forest And Natural Learning School for almost a decade. She is currently teaching inquiry, problem based and project based learning online as well. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching preschool and school age children and staff using child directed social and play skills, child specific and child centred programming and training other professionals in the same approach. She has completed level 3 of Forest School Kindergarten teacher training from Cedarsong with Erin Kenny. She also has her Child and Youth Worker Diploma and a BA in psychology. She is currently finishing her coursework for her Masters in Education (Sustainable Education) with a focus on self-directed learning including inquiry, problem based and project based learning.
Lisa Graham – Lisa is a Kindergarten teacher in Halton District School Board who has presented her outdoor classroom initiative at COEO conferences, and who is also one of the co-authors of, “Into Nature” teaching guide! Lisa set up a weekly Kindergarten Forest School program in two HDSB schools, while mentoring and providing professional development for teachers of grades k through 8, throughout her school board. Some of her sessions focused especially on getting out in the winter months, which we know some of you will be wondering about!
Chantal Lariviere – Since 1997, Chantal has taught in the French speaking public school board in Ottawa, the CEPEO. Convinced that every child is competent , and most of all curious, she uses inquiry-based learning to enhance her students’ learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom. From dissecting owl pellets to collecting slush on the corner of the street, students figure out various ways to answer their questions. In 2015, Chantal was recognized by her peers, receiving Capital Educators’ Awards and the Bernard Brandmaitre award. Passionately curious and always on the quest to learn, you will always see her with a new pedagogical resource in her hand! Loving nature and inquiry based learning, it was an obvious choice for her to explore land based education and play in her practice, and to join Forest School Canada!
Julie McLean – Julie found her love for the natural world when, as a child, she moved from wandering the open fields and forests of Northern Ontario to the big city of Ottawa. To fill the void this change had left, she joined the scout movement and has since been involved as a leader. Through different experiences with the scouts, Julie has come to discover the magic that comes with connecting children with nature. After finishing her B.Ed, Julie went on to l’Universite Laval to study the development of children’s environmental sensitivity influenced by their time spent in nature. She has since worked as a teacher in Nunavik and Ontario, gardening with kids and working to create a sense of wonder for the natural world. In 2016, Julie set up a Forest School program for all students attending École élémentaire et secondaire publique Rivière Rideau. She is now coordinating this program, all while mentoring other teachers in the school to integrate Forest school principles in their all around teaching practice. Julie is also passionate about developing forest school resources in French and hopes to be ale to offer French workshops for all French speaking educators in Canada.
Kendra Martin – Kendra founded the Little Falls Forest School in 2013 in St. Mary’s Ontario, where she remains a lead teacher providing workshops to fellow educators on how to “take the learning outdoors”. In 2015, she was awarded the Outstanding K-12 Teacher Award by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. She also writes for Green Teacher. Her background prior to teaching was in Outdoor Education at The Rocky Mountain YMCA and Program Coordinator for Canada World Youth Thailand Exchange program.
Due to overwhelming interest, this webinar is now FULL. Deb will send out the Zoom invitation to the first 100 registrants. However, please note, a recording of this webinar will be made available after the live event. Keep an eye on COEO’s social media platforms for access to the webinar recording.
Outdoor Education Online Resources During COVID-19
Outdoor programs have a duty to care for their participants and must implement effective COVID-19 adaptations. To facilitate this process, the Outdoor Council of Canada has posted a collection of guidelines and supporting documentation HERE. *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 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.
#MakeItBetter This toolkit provides tips for parents and teachers on communicating with children about climate change and its health impacts: Communicating with Children About Climate Change
Peel District School Board Field Centres – #peelconnected on Twitter (@peel_fc) and Instagram (@pdsbfieldcentres) and website, Learning Naturally, #learningnaturally. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions for activities please email PDSBlearningnaturally@gmail.co
Toronto District School Board – Learn from Home
Hardwood Nature School – Blog
Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG at Home
#stepintonatureathome – on Twitter– Outdoor education ideas posted by Conservation Authorities across Ontario
Learning for a Sustainable Future – Learning Inside Out
NPCA Outdoor Education – At Home
Earth Rangers – Eco Activities
Toronto Zoo – Zoo to You
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Pathways Call for Articles
Life Pre and Post Pandemic: Navigating a Greener Future to Reform Culture
Take advantage of this time spent indoors and behind a screen to compose a Pathway’s article or art submission that fits this situation of extraordinary times: Human’s first pandemic in a global world of devices. Let’s learn to move forward and envision the sustainable future we want and unit our ability to communicate and inspire global environmental efforts. Due September 15, 20202. Submissions and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Have you learned to appreciate nature or technology more in this time?
- In what ways have you shifted your practices of being in nature for well-being?
- What links from the history of experiential education (rooted in being prepared for crisis), have you reflected upon?
- How have you maintained a practice of being in nature to heal? What have you found serves as a ‘best remedy’ in handling social confinement?
- How did you bring nature into your limited space, shift your sit spot, learn about solos?
- What new norm are you imagining will come from this pandemic? (will we value and encourage more green space in urban areas?)
- Did you learn a new skill or practice as a means of education or homeschooling yourself or others in your own home?
- In what ways have you been able to encourage others and continue the long-standing practice of service associated with experiential education?
- Have you implemented new creative outlets?
- What personal impact did you experience when your contact with Nature was constrained? Did your connections to environmental justice broaden?
- How did you maintain your fitness in a limited space? Did you substitute good habits by instilling other worthy practices? Did you create new ways to play?
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
Book of the Month:
Physical Literacy: An Introduction provides foundational information for educators, coaches, and recreational leaders to understand the importance of encouraging lifelong movement, skill development, and enjoyment of physical activity. The completion of this certification course will provide leaders with the skills necessary to create quality programming that supports holistic development of all children and young people.
Unit 1 provides an overview of physical literacy and its components. It highlights the importance of guiding children and young people through the development of various skills and fostering confidence and competence as they continue their journey to lifelong active behaviour.
Unit 2 focuses on creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for all participants. It introduces strategies to modify activities and environments to ensure the development of each participant. Leaders are also introduced to various strategies for developing supportive environments and how to implement these strategies in their programming.
Unit 3 builds on the material from the first two units of the course and allows leaders to apply the strategies introduced in unit 2 by observing physical activity leaders in action. Leaders are encouraged to develop a personal philosophy that will support them in developing effective programming to support a lifelong physical literacy journey for children and young people.
For more details click here
Use code B286 to receive 40% off regular price. Offer expires 07/31/2020
COVID-19 Research Study – Impact on Outdoor Recreation
Around March 17, 2020, most provinces and territories in Canada implemented stay-at-home,
physical distancing strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This immediately
impacted the way Canadians were able to engage in recreation and leisure activities.
In an attempt to gain insight into Canadians’ outdoor recreation practices before, during and after
the start of COVID-19, researchers from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at
Brock University, Dr. Tim O’Connell and Dr. Garrett Hutson, and ALIVE Outdoors, Dr. Ryan Howard, collaborated to collect data and hope that the results of this study will illuminate the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian outdoor recreationists and provide information to land managers, politicians, and recreationists that is helpful in making decisions as we move through this pandemic. Read the Initial Research Report HERE and see the infographic below for key findings from Phase 1 of the research study.
If you would like to participate in the next phase of the survey, go to: COVID-19 & Outdoor Recreation in Canada – Phase 2 No previous participation is necessary. Survey closes July 10th, 2020. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Tim O’Connell, Principal Investigator at: email@example.com More information is available at www.aliveoutdoors.com/research
COVID-Inspired Outdoor Adventure
When COVID-19 cancelled their summer jobs as camp counsellors, six Toronto friends decided they would use their outdoor wilderness skills and experience for a good cause. The recent high school graduates — who all met at Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park — decided to embark on a 60-day, 2,000-kilometre canoe trip through Ontario. The group is already more than halfway towards its goal of raising $60,000 in funds for Food Banks Canada and Indigenous communities affected by COVID-19. Check out the CBC News story and video HERE and follow along the journey @Canoe4Covid and #Canoe4Covid. Donations can be made HERE on the Canoe4Covid website.
Get Kids Paddling – Interactive Map Project
Want to help get more kids paddling? Click HERE to complete a short survey and your testimonial will become part of an online Interactive Map. The goal of this project, initiated by Get Kids Paddling, is to connect people, places and stories from different parts of our province, in order to capture the ways in which paddling has influenced our lives. By showcasing these stories publicly on an Interactive Google Map, the hope is to highlight the value of these types of experiences and promote the future of paddling in Ontario. Survey participation is open to all ages, lived experiences and ability level and should take 10-20 minutes to complete.
LSF Call to Action for Outdoor Education
COVID-19 presents an opportunity for Canadian schools to embed learning outdoors as part of our culture of education, both for the short-term benefits of better infection control and the long-term benefits of outdoor learning for our children’s physical and mental health and academic success.
Please review the Call to Action for Outdoor Learning that Pamela Schwartzberg, President and CEO of
Learning for a Sustainable Future, recently sent to Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education, teachers’ federations and school boards across Canada.
You are invited to take this letter, modify it to include your specific organization’s offerings, and send it to Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education, teachers’ federations and school boards in your networks. Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) would appreciate their leadership on the call to be acknowledged in the letter, in some way! From experience, we know that it is more impactful if decision-makers get 25 emails with the same message, rather than one email with multiple signatories. Please share this call to action widely!
Support for Conservation Authorities – Letter to Premier Ford
Recently, the provincial government asked for public input on the role of Conservation Authorities (CAs). Over 100 organizations signed a letter voicing support for the role of CAs in land-use planning, permitting, monitoring, stewardship and education, standing together to resist the trend towards environmental deregulation in Ontario. These organizations included nature and environmental groups, agricultural groups, land trusts, and recreation organizations as well as businesses, engineers, and the private sector. The letter of support for the Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities asking the government to retain their current mandate can be found HERE
Click to see the Response from the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks. “We want to continue to hear from all stakeholders interested in the stewardship of our lands before we move forward with further changes to the legislation and regulations.” Have something to say? Share your opinion about the role of Conservation Authorities in Ontario with Minister Yurek.
Catalogue of Programs, Personnel, Sites and Services in Outdoor Education in Ontario – Updated by Chris Shibley, M.Ed.
Last published by COEO in 1992, check out the newly updated version of the Catalogue of Programs, Personnel, Sites and Services in Outdoor Education HERE
The intent of this document is to provide as complete a listing as possible of programs, personnel, sites and services offered in Outdoor Education in English, Public Secondary School Boards in Ontario in 2018/2019. The purpose of this document is to encourage the sharing of ideas, resources, and information amongst outdoor educators across the province. By making readily available the contact information, and descriptive details about OE courses, centres, ICPs (integrated curriculum programs) and wilderness trips the document shares timely and relevant knowledge about OE. If you are reading this document, you are encouraged to reach out to the people listed in this report (all of whom have consented to have their contact information published). The intent of this report is to create a “community of sharing” amongst outdoor educators across the province, strengthening the field of OE as a whole, while attempting to support fellow OE practitioners.
Please note – This document is not to be used as a mailing source for commercial purposes.
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
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
Penn State University- Free online classes
Penn State is hosting free online classes on a variety of different subjects, including Teach for Forests: Forest Education for teachers and youth leaders. Sign up and take your free class HERE
Access to Online Webinars
From the Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF) HERE
From the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) HERE
Youth Climate Action Summit
NEW DATE – October 5-6th, 2020, The Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing, Brockville, Ontario
Are you a high school educator in Eastern Ontario? Consider registering a team of 4 or 5 students to participate in the first ever Youth Climate Action Summit held in Canada. Spaces are limited – maximum of 20 teams. There is no cost for registration. Teams have to pay their own cost of transportation and accommodation (if needed). Visit the website to find out more details here.
Canadian Outdoor Summit
Postponed to September 29 – October 2, 2021, Gatineau, Quebec
This inaugural event is about bringing people together to celebrate contributions and tackle some key structural challenges affecting all outdoor programs from coast to coast to coast. This national gathering is aimed at celebrating our contribution to Canadian society and solving key challenges faced by outdoor programs. This project is a collective effort of the outdoor sector, therefore your perspective and contribution offers tremendous value. More information can be found on the event website: http://canadianoutdoorsummit.com/ and social media channels. Please follow and share: Instagram, Facebook, Canadian Outdoor Summit Promotional Video
NAAEE Annual Conference and Research Symposium
October 14-17, Tucson, Arizona
Inspiring Change – The focus of the 2020 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium is positive change. We will explore the ways in which environmental education informs and inspires, and how it builds human capacity, influences attitudes, and galvanizes actions to create healthier communities and a healthier environment for all.
More information can be found on the event website: https://naaee.org/conference
EECOM National Conference
Postponed to April 28 – May 1st, 2021, Toronto, Ontario
EECOM’s National Conference in Environmental Education is coming to Toronto – save the date! EECOM’s conferences are Canada’s largest, regular gatherings of environmental learning stakeholders, and provide unparalleled professional development and networking opportunities. This conference is being hosted in Toronto by EcoSchools Canada, the Environmental & Sustainability Education Initiative at OISE, University of Toronto, and the Toronto District School Board’s Sustainability Office.
We are currently inviting proposals for presentations, sessions, workshops and other facilitated learning opportunities at the EECOM 2021 Conference.
For applying for General Sessions: https://ecoschools.ca/eecom/call-for-proposals/
For applying to present at the Research Symposium: https://ecoschools.ca/eecom/research-symposium/
AEE International Conference
November 12 – 14, 2020 – in a virtual format. Click for more information about the Association for Experiential Education’s International Conference.
Natural Curiosity Environmental Education Coordinator
An exciting opportunity exists to join the Natural Curiosity team at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, University of Toronto in the position of Environmental Education Coordinator. At this time, our small collaborative team is looking for a Coordinator who can provide support to our outreach, communications and professional learning strategies. You may be a Teacher or an ECE with a passion for land-based education and Indigenous perspectives or an environmental studies/communications professional with an interest in education. This is a wonderful opportunity to help grow and contribute to the continuing development of exemplary practices within environmental and outdoor education. The Natural Curiosity Coordinator’s primary focus will be to support the Environmental Education Program Manager and Program Director(s) at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. The Natural Curiosity Program supports the introduction, implementation, and use of Natural Curiosity and inquiry-based teaching with an Indigenous lens in schools and across the province and country.
Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application including a resume, a cover letter, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Monday, July 20th, 2020. Find the complete job posting HERE.
Causal Outdoor Education Instructor, Blue Mountain Wild School
We are seeking a multi-talented program coordinator and outdoor educator to join our team and help us build our program beginning on acasual basis starting this summer with our wild day camp and evolving with us into the regular year. The BMWS Outdoor Education Instructor is required to have a strong knowledge of the natural world, be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and be adaptable to instruct to a wide range of students (From 7 to 13) in an outdoor setting. Valid driver’s license and access to your own vehicle is required in order to travel to our various program locations within the Blue Mountains region.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Jeff Barrett, Coordinator of Blue Mountain Wild School at email@example.com. If you have any questions feel free to call Jeff at 416-700-3737.
Animal Handler/Presenter, Earth Rangers
Through our live shows, online community and national television presence, we communicate a positive, science-based message to millions of children each year about the importance of protecting biodiversity. Our Bring Back the Wild program inspires children to become directly involved in protecting critical habitats across Canada by providing an avenue for action.
We are seeking a fully Bilingual (French/English) Animal Handler/Presenterto be responsible for handling and presenting in our publicprogramming across Canadaand with general animal husbandry. Please note that this is a Full Time position therefore Seasonal applicants will not be considered.
Program Manager, Park People
Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada.
Our mission is to build strong communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in the city.
We support a Canadian network of park people by sharing knowledge, connections and funding that bolsters their awesome work in parks. We also mobilize Canadians by highlighting the insights, policies and practices that help city parks meet their full potential. Join us and make awesome things happen in city parks.
In this role, you will co-lead Park People’s programs through the next exciting phase of growth, working with partners to deliver new and expanded programs. You will play an important leadership role as Park People emerges as a key agent for city building and positive change in cities across Canada. As a senior member of the team, you will supervise and coach a growing team of 5-7 staff delivering programs on the ground in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada, in both French and English. If you are a collaborative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced growing entrepreneurial environment and wants to make your mark playing a role in shaping an organization at the forefront of city building in Canada, we can offer you a rewarding and fun place to work.
If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to our cities and communities while working with a dynamic, results-driven and expanding group that is at the forefront of an emerging urban park renaissance, this is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a connector and city builder with a high degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive for bringing positive change to our city. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file by Sunday June 21st, 2020 in confidence by to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher, The Owl’s Nest Holistic Alternative School
he Owl’s Nest Holistic Alternative School is a Holistic Alternative and Forest School program located in the town of Minto along the Whites Junction Trails and Forests. We are also collaborating with Reroot Organic Farm in their 70 acre organic farm in Harriston and running a forest school in Moorefield.
We are in search of an independent contracted co-teacher or volunteer/intern for our summer camp program at Reroot Farm and Forest School in Moorefield There is potential to continue as a co-teacher in our fall programs as well. We are searching for a teacher that is enthusiastic, creative, and self-motivated. Being committed to ongoing learning is very important.
Our long-term vision is to create a holistic learning environment where children may discover, hone, and freely use the skills they possess innately to pursue their interests; while focusing on providing each student with tools and opportunities to investigate those interests. Together with our students, we wish to co-create a learning environment that reflects their autonomy to learn and to explore their own ideas. Through our school, we hope to inspire a global dialogue about the value of hearing our children’s voices.
To apply: Please send your resume to Carly, 3 professional references, and a letter of interest. Please indicate if you are interested in summer camp only or summer camp and ongoing instructing in our school-year program.
Youth Leadership Coordinator, Ottawa Riverkeepers
Ottawa Riverkeeper is seeking a creative, personable, and self-starting Youth Leadership Coordinator to join our dynamic team and work directly on Youth and Education Programs. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Youth and Education Programs, the Coordinator will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing the Youth Water Leaders Program, which develops cohorts of youth aged 15-30 into young leaders in water stewardship.
In particular, the Youth Leadership Coordinator will lead a cohort of youth through water stewardship activities that will build their knowledge, skills, and networks. Our new colleague will be an excellent communicator – able to engage and mobilize youth in the program to raise awareness and take action on important issues within the Ottawa River watershed. Through online engagement of the Youth Water Leaders Program, they will spark curiosity and discovery within the community about how people can protect our waterways.
To view the full posting, or to apply CLICK HERE
Multiple Student Positions, Conservation Halton
Waterfront Lifeguard, Way of the Woods Camp Counselor, Summer Camp Supervisor, Challenge Course Facilitator.
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. Are you a natural team leader and a creative problem-solver? Do you enjoy giving back to the community and inspiring others to do good? Katimavik is looking for open-minded, resourceful individuals to lead youth development projects. This challenging and rewarding position provides leadership for up to 11 youth at a time, guiding them through a six-month experience of volunteerism, learning, discovery, growth, and accountability. The Project Leader will reside in-house with the group.
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