NEW Webinar- Engaging Students in Nature-Based Programming Online
Thanks to Barbara Sheridan, current COEO Board member and director of virtual nature school/nature inquiry programs with kids, for sharing tips, tricks and answering questions about engaging students in nature-based programming online. CLICK HERE to connect to COEO’s YouTube channel and view a recording of the webinar which took place on December 30, 2020.
Barbara Sheridan is the founder and lead facilitator of Barrie Forest and Natural Learning school. She is currently completing her project for her Masters of Education in Sustainability, Innovation and Creativity which focuses on Innovative learner centered processes. She does in person and online programs using innovative techniques to keep students connected with nature. She works with educators internationally to connect with learners from all age groups from toddlers to adults looking to better their practice. She also works with educators in Ontario to better their practice through workshops, consulting and field trips.
Have you renewed your membership this year? A reminder that our membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st, so now is the time to renew your membership if you have not done so already!
Being a COEO member means that you are part of a strong and active community dedicated to promoting and celebrating the value of outdoor and experiential education. By being a member of COEO, you add your much-needed support and voice to all the work being done by COEO.
Diversity & Allyship in Outdoor Education
Wondering how to support diversity in the outdoors and be a better ally to BIPOC folx within our industry?
Check out this video Black & Safe in Outdoor Spaces, a conversation between Demiesha Dennis and Jacqueline Scott. They discuss what it means to be Black outdoors, both within the city and out on Canada’s trails, how safety considerations impact the way Black communities navigate these spaces and the historic roots of these issues.
Support Demiesha Dennis, founder of Brown Girl Outdoor World, in her efforts to create a Gear and Equipment Library (based in Toronto), either through a monetary donation or equipment donation. Check out her Instagram and read more about her work on her website.
Read about the movement Bird Names for Birds and sign the petition.
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.
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’s Outdoor Learning Tips for Teachers
Looking for a document aimed to help teachers get started in preparing to take their students outside this fall? Check out the Outdoor Learning Tips and Resources found here!
OTHER OEE & RELATED NEWS
Book of the Month
Outdoor Adventure Education: Foundations, Theory, and Research steeps students in the theories, concepts, and developments of outdoor adventure education, preparing them for careers in this burgeoning field.
This text is based on author Alan W. Ewert’s pioneering book Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Models, and Theories. Ewert and Sibthorp, both experienced practitioners, researchers, and educators, explore the outdoor adventure field today in relation to the changes that have occurred since Ewert’s first book. The authors present a comprehensive text on outdoor and adventure foundations, theories, and research that will provide the basis for the next generation of professionals. To see more click here
Use code B501 to receive 40% off regular price. Offer expires 1/31/2021
OTIP Teaching Awards
The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the OTIP Teaching Awards.
For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of our teachers in publicly funded education. There are three categories of awards: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. A teacher may be nominated by anyone – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public.
Nominations are now open for the 2021 awards. The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31, 2021. Further information is available at www.teachingawards.ca. If you have any questions, please email: OTIPAwards@otffeo.on.ca.
OTF Special Recognition Award 2021
The OTF Special Recognition Award is presented annually to an organization, group or individual in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to publicly funded education in Ontario, beyond the school board level.
The efforts of the individual, group or organization must have the goal of improving publicly funded education in Ontario. The nominee’s contributions may be at the local or provincial level and must have been sustained over an extended period of time.
Anyone can nominate: parents, students, teachers, administrators, members of the public. Nominations close on March 31, 2021. For more information on the award, the criteria and the nomination form, click on Special Recognition.
Get Kids Paddling – Survey Request and Why Paddle? Visual
Want to help get more kids paddling? Click HERE to complete a short survey and help GKP complete the goal of finding out where paddling programs are available across Canada. That’s where you come in! The eventual goal of this project, initiated by Get Kids Paddling, is to connect people, places and stories from different parts of Canada, in order to highlight the value of these types of experiences and promote the future of paddling in Ontario.
Together with Erica Bota from ThinkLink Graphics, Get Kids Paddling has produced a stunning visual to capture a 2 hour discussion where 7 people spoke openly about their paddling experiences, primarily on canoe trips. Opening the link will show you the illustration displaying how Erica captured the conversation. GKP-Why-Paddle-Visual.pdf
Call for resources from Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC)
As teaching outside is gaining in popularity across the country, we want to be there to share best practices and support teachers in going outdoors. Want to give us a hand? We are building a database of professional development workshops enabling teachers to bring students outside. If you know of any, please contact us. If you have relevant news or scientific articles, don’t hesitate sending them our way also.
Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is lobbying government for funding to sustain summer camps #savecanadiancamps
The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is lobbying the federal government for a $200 million sustainability fund, and the Ontario government for an additional $30 million, to help camps survive the COVID-19 pandemic. For overnight camps in remote areas, it isn’t viable to operate day programs, meaning some businesses have lost 100 per cent of their revenue. The camp industry annually generates $2 billion for the national economy, with about two million kids attending camps each year, and 70,000 jobs, usually first time jobs for youth. Many camps are charitable organizations or not-for-profits. Read more HERE.
The OCA needs your help to #SaveCanadianCamps. Camps, campers, parents, camp staff, and alumni, your voice matters! Write a letter to your MP and MPP and let them know why camp is important and what camp means for you. Thank you for your support!
Discover an huge repository of resources from the OCA in response to COVID-19 HERE, see a copy of the letter sent to lobby the Federal government HERE and listen HERE to an interview with Mark Diamond.
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!
Articles and Blog Posts by Bob Henderson
Wondering what’s on Bob’s mind these days? Check out his latest articles, published on his blog website HERE. Two of his most recent pieces include A Case for School Canoe Trips: Rethinking Risk and Thoughts and Admittedly a Bit of a Rant on the Wilderness Superhero “Look at Me” Adventure Narrative. Enjoy!
Research on Whole-school Environmental Education
Shelley Wu, a teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching program at OISE (University of Toronto), is looking for teachers to help her with her research. A component of this program involves learning to conduct educational research through conducting semi-structured interviews with educators on a topic that interests us. The findings from these studies are intended to inform our practice as beginning teachers.
More specifically, she is interested in learning: in what ways and to what extent does a select group of Ontario schools recognized for their efforts in implementing whole-school level environmental education utilize school culture to encourage pro-environmental behaviors from the students?
1) Participants should be teachers in elementary or secondary schools in Ontario.
2) Participants should be from a school that has been recognized for their efforts in implementing whole-school level environmental education, such as platinum-level EcoSchools, place-based community schools and schools with environmental responsibility as their core value.
3) Participants should be from a school that has been recognized for their efforts in creating an environmentally responsible school culture.
4) Participants should be current leaders with an active role in environmental education programs with at least two years of experience in the programs in their current schools.
To view the whole criteria, and for contact information CLICK HERE
Thrive Outside Launch Kit, Child and Nature Alliance
Are you interested in connecting children with nature through outdoor learning and play?
Explore Thrive Outside — a free resource portal on outdoor learning and play available now!
Designed by educators, for educators, Thrive Outside helps you to re-imagine what back to school can look like beyond the classroom. Visit www.thriveoutside.ca to get started today!
There are many more resources to come — including a French portal. Follow The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada on social media for updates!
OEE P.D. OPPORTUNITIES
MHO Adventures – NEW! 42-day Guide Development and Leadership Course
Outdoor Learning Webinars, hosted by LSF:
- A series of webinars designed specifically for and by secondary teachers
- Tips for getting outside even in cold winter months!
- Connecting primary and middle school math curriculum to the outdoors
Check out the recorded webinar sessions for each grade group:
- Kindergarten/Early Years: Webinar recording | Webinar slides
- Grades K-6: Webinar recording | Webinar slides
- Grades 4-10: Webinar recording | Webinar slides
Webinar Recordings from Natural Curiosity:
Recordings for Webinars 1 and 2 of a 4-part series are now available through a “pay-what-you-can” model on the University of Toronto Press website!
Adventureworks! Associates Inc. ropes certification courses
Sneak Peek at 2021 Ontario Challenge Course Certification Dates:
Ropes Course Instructor – Level 2 – April 5-9, 2021
Refresh & Recert – Level 2 – April 8-9, 2021
Assistant Ropes Course Instructor – Level 1 – May 12-16, 2021
Ropes Course Instructor – Level 2 – May 26-30, 2021
Canadian Outdoor Summit
Postponed to September 29 – October 2, 2021, Gatineau, Quebec
The in person Canadian Outdoor Summit has been postponed to 2021. 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/
Youth Climate Action Summit
NEW DATE – May 3rd and 4th, 2021, 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.
Instructor, Credit Valley Conservation
CVC has a strong history of providing educational programming in our Conservation Areas and educating the public about conservation, issues such as climate change, and the natural heritage of the Credit River watershed.
Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Education, these positions support CVC’s commitment to providing quality education that enhance ecological literacy throughout our watershed. Assisting with program implementation, Instructors lead educational initiatives focused on priority CVC issues targeting diverse audiences such as elementary students, adults, multicultural groups, families, and whole communities in urban, rural, indoor and outdoor locations. From March to April, Instructors deliver the Maple Syrup program at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. From April to October, the long-term contract position supports other education programs including, but not limited to: outdoor education programs, multicultural programs, conservation area public programming, in-class/school workshops, and virtual programming.
To view the full posting and to apply CLICK HERE
Wilderness Canoe Trip Guide and Naturalist, Algonquin Adventure Tours
Full time seasonal (May-Oct) naturalist wilderness guides/outdoor educators needed in Algonquin Park.
To view the posting CLICK HERE
Learn to Camp staff, Parks Canada (student position)
The Learn-to Camp Program at Parks Canada is hiring for summer 2021! It’s a creative job that focuses on increasing accessibility to the outdoors/camping for all people. Open to post-secondary students returning to studies in the fall.
To view the posting CLICK HERE
Outdoor School Lead Instructor, The P.I.N.E Project
The Pine Project is hiring one lead instructor for our Outdoor School starting in January! You may be a good fit for this position if you enjoy spending time outside (even in the winter), you appreciate the hilarity of children and relish in inspiring them, and you appreciate the natural world around you (and perhaps even know a little bit about it). We are hiring on a rolling basis so apply sooner rather than later! Feel free to reach out to Hannah with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the posting CLICK HERE
Road Less Travelled Academy (RLTA) – Full Time Outdoor Educator (2 positions)
The Road Less Travelled Academy (RLTA) is a not for profit, charitable educational organization that has been in operation since 2017. A nature-based elementary school is seeking two outdoor educators for full-time positions to join our small but growing team to work with children ages 4-8. We do currently have two indoor classrooms, which are Yomes (yurt/eco-domes) heated with wood stoves for the colder months. The school campus is located on a working farm setting and there is ample opportunity for adventuring through farm, forest, and fields with the students. Nature is our classroom. Our integrated curriculum and activities focus on real-world themes (for example, food/animal systems, health & wellness, social justice & servant leadership).
Project Director, Northern Youth, NWT
We’re hiring a new Project Director!
This is an exciting career opportunity based in #Yellowknife directing a small non-profit that offers free on-the-land leadership programs for youth from across the NWT and Canadian Arctic. Northern Youth Leadership is a project on the @makeway_together shared platform (formerly Tides Canada). If you’re looking for a career that combines your organizational management experience with your passion for working with youth & being on the land, this position may be for you.
We’re looking for a candidate with extensive experience in grant writing, program management, youth work and land-based/wilderness programming. The Project Director is responsible for all aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating NYL’s remote wilderness programming. Experience working in Northern and remote settings is a significant asset. This position will be of particular interest to those with backgrounds in social work, outdoor education, child and youth work or non-profit management.
The Project Director answers to a dedicated group of volunteer Steering Committee members and works closely with MakeWay Charitable Society to maintain operating, financial and administrative systems that support operations.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please see full job description at www.northernyouth.ca/join-our-team. Contact email@example.com with any questions and with your CV and cover letter to apply
OLE Instructor and OLE Support, 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 Huntsville 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 Huntsville or Algonquin Park and also at the Shelburne campus.
We are looking for individuals with the qualifications and related experience in Wilderness field work. This individual will demonstrate patience, integrity, commitment, and an ability to maintain clear boundaries, and a sense of humour.
To view the postings, click the links below.
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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