Want to book a professional development workshop for educators in your community? Then look no further! Here is a list of suggested workshops that are offered in the Columbia Basin. Some are offered free of charge, and some have a facilitator fee. We highly recommend you get in touch with us first to get the ‘inside scoop’ before booking. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This workshop has five modules: Climate Justice, Food Security, Water Rights, Sustainable Resource Use, and Sustainable Transportation. Available for K–12 teachers. For more information and to book this information click here.
Exploring inquiry and experiential learning in the new curriculum, engaging students with wild places. This workshop includes connections to big ideas and competencies through place-based learning strategies. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
Explore the new curriculum outdoors with WildBC at this engaging 1-day workshop. Dig into activities, beginning with inquiry. Get immersed in experiences, exchange ideas and make connections to big ideas and curricular competencies. Discover new ways to integrate place-based learning and community connections to your practice. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
Join us for collaborative inquiry into place and competency based learning for the 21st century. Rich opportunities to explore ecological literacy and the change in educational culture in this collaborative full-day session offered with partners to support teachers in place-based environmental learning. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
Survival tactics for teaching outdoors! Discover easy ways to explore nature with your students: tips & tricks, barriers and solutions & fun, hands-on lessons to add to your outdoor survival kit. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
Key topics include using the five senses, meeting neighbourhood trees, experiencing trees through the seasons. Workshop includes a guide and CD which has over 130 experiences engaging children ages three to six in outdoor play and explorations. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
This 3-5 hour workshop will help teachers deepen their understanding of place-based education (PBE), explore the connections between PBE and student inquiry, and develop their confidence and efficacy in using PBE with their students. In the day-long workshop teachers will have the opportunity to work on a plan for implementing PBE in their own practice.
R4R offers bookable 40-minute webinars to show teachers how to access and utilize our database of curriculum-matched teaching resources including lesson plans, children’s literature, videos and outdoor activities that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through interdisciplinary and action-oriented learning.
This half or full-day workshop offers support for those looking for grant-funding for their environmental education projects and programs. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to identify the best grants for their initiatives, and develop a Case for Support that can be used to submit applications to these funders.
An internationally recognized environmental education program providing hands-on interdisciplinary activities to help young people learn how to think (not what to think) about complex environmental issues. This workshop includes a guide which provides 96 multi-disciplinary activities, each tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
The Below Zero workshop will take you outside for a close look at how life survives the Canadian winter in your area. Participants will learn about adaptations of local plant and wildlife species, as well as winter ecology and responsible human actions, through the fun, interactive activities in the Below Zero Activity Guide. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
Action projects make learning relevant, alive, and real. They enhance creative and critical thinking skills, and empower students in taking responsible action on issues and problems that affect them and their community. Action projects also integrate diverse subject areas through a real world context, and connect students to their broader community. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
This workshop provides educators an opportunity to receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, try a variety of activities in the Project WET Activity Guide first hand, and learn about water as a vital shared resource. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
This workshop supports early childhood educators build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. For more info contact: Kerrie Mortin at Kerrie.Mortin@hctf.ca.
The transformed curriculum has a large focus on inquiry-based learning and cross-curricular, cross-cultural teaching. Inquiry-based learning positions the teacher as facilitator. How could this look in your classroom? In this workshop, you will engage in inquiry activities that can be used in your class and get tips on how to structure an inquiry! We’ll discuss effective questioning, techniques for scaffolding students’ learning, and how to assess student work. For more info contact Karen Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking to enhance your experience with inquiry-based learning, this workshop is for you! Open inquiry requires students to act like scientists (by formulating questions, designing investigations, and communicating results). This workshop aims to uncover the ways in which we can foster life-long learning by encouraging our students’ curiosity. We’ll develop a criteria to help us adapt activities for inquiry and put it to use! Join us to share ideas, explore open inquiry, and discuss how to support student-led investigations. For more info contact Karen Lee at email@example.com.
Test different methods for gathering evidence of learning and looking at student work. We will share best practices and explore how we might further inquiry-based learning in our classrooms. For more info contact Karen Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore techniques for incorporating local knowledge and place-based learning into inquiry that enable students to make meaningful connections to their everyday lives and the world beyond. Join us as we unpack cultural ways of knowing that shape our worldviews and influence our teaching and learning. For more info contact Karen Lee at email@example.com.
GreenLearning.ca offers free professional development workshops for teachers on our various online education programs – at school board Professional Development days, Subject Association Conferences, and other venues.
This workshop will empower teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources to teach about invasive species both inside and outside of their classrooms. For more info contact the invasive species organization in your region:
The Field Leader program offers outdoor leadership certification courses for entry level leaders. These courses, based on industry standards, provide a comprehensive introduction focused on the roles and responsibilities of the outdoor leader. New leaders begin by taking the Field Leader course in one or more of three activity areas: ‘Hiking’, ‘Paddling’ or ‘Equine’. These courses can be supplemented by additional modules that provide training for winter environments, overnight trips and navigation skills.
The Interpretive Guides Association offers a series of training courses and exams designed to provide guides with skills and knowledge to effectively communicate our unique local natural and cultural heritage to visitors. They provide training focused on sharing the natural and cultural heritage for hiking guides, museum interpreters, bus tour guides, information centre staff, rafting guides, horse packing guides, scuba guides, mountain guides and anyone interested in learning more about the Rockies. They also offer group management training for interpretive hiking guides.. For more info contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning professionals, consultants, and educators from across Canada are now being trained in using the Assessment Tool in Support of Creating Children’s Outdoor Play Environments with a Sense of Wonder. The tool, the first of its kind in Canada, examines 32 items grouped into seven domains: play zone, play environmental elements, physical movement and risk-taking, loose parts, experiential play, involving parents and families, and the role of early learning practitioners. For more info contact email@example.com.
When children are deeply connected with the natural world, they are more connected to themselves, they are happier and more hopeful. During this interactive workshop we’ll share stories and experiences from the field and introduce some of the tools and techniques we integrate into Nature’s Tracks Forest Play programs that get kids learning (without knowing it) and deeply connected with the natural world. For more info contact Dave Verhulst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coyote Mentoring is a powerful nature-based educational model that fosters a deep connection with the natural world. Focusing on play, story telling and nature crafts, Coyote Mentoring is an amazing way of getting both children and adults to learn…without knowing it. For more info contact Dave Verhulst at email@example.com.
Those who have a deep connection with nature have many attributes needed to thrive in our rapidly changing world: inner happiness, empathy and respect for nature, a commitment to helping others grow and a clear sense of personal vision. Inspiring children to develop these attributes can be achieved through the artful (and sometimes invisible) practice of “core routines.” In this workshop we’ll explore several proven learning habits (core routines) that, when practiced, help people develop a strong and lasting bond with the natural world. For more info contact Dave Verhulst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These Institutes give educators the opportunity to 1) Identify and begin to address their individual questions, issues and challenges relevant to applying inquiry in their professional practice, 2) Experience professional inquiry methods that can in turn be applied with students, 3) Investigate collaborative knowledge building principles and methods, and 4) Gain confidence in planning authentic inquiry learning experiences and applying appropriate assessment methodology. For more info contact Stan Kozak at email@example.com.
As Kermit the Frog once said ‘It’s not easy being green.’ Environmentally-minded teachers sometimes suffer the ‘lone wolf syndrome,’ or encounter other obstacles to being exemplary ‘Green Teachers.’ In this session we’ll look at some of the barriers you face, and then build bridges over each of these barriers. Gareth Thomson of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education will share his ‘top ten tips’ that allow green teachers like you to survive and thrive within the education system. For more info contact Gareth Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this workshop we will allow the peace of nature to nurture us, as we explore the connections between wellness and the outdoors. Join environmental educator Gareth Thomson as we explore some hidden trails around the area – and some hidden trails in ourselves! We’ll do a variety of outdoor activities: You’ll view nature, take some time to write and sketch in our new journal, and get to know other participants as you discuss what wellness means to you, and role of outdoor experiences in nurturing wellness. For more info contact Gareth Thompson at email@example.com.
Teachers of any and all curricula have a great opportunity to give students this hope – we can inform and inspire students, and empower them to help look after their home, planet Earth. David Orr said it best: ‘Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.’ In this inspiring presentation Gareth will draw on cutting-edge educational research, recent polling of adults and students, and knowledge of some great teaching resources and best practices. For more info contact Gareth Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This session profiles one of the Gareth Thomson’s favorite teacher resources, “Five Minute Field Trips:” a kind of ‘greatest hits’ compendium of an experienced environmental educators’ favorite activities. The guide is designed for teachers and classes wishing to do simple and enjoyable outdoor environmental activities on their school campus. In this session we’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible. For more info contact Gareth Thompson at email@example.com.
This is a two day workshop offered for interested educators and early childhood educators on the foundational pedagogy and practice of Forest and Nature School in Canada. Topics to be overviewed include risky play, play-based learning, emergent curriculum, place-based education, as well as planning and delivery of Forest School programs. Educators will leave with a broad understanding of Forest School practice in Canada, and how this could potentially relate to their future teaching methodologies and practice. For more information contact Stephanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This full day workshop covers the importance of risky play to children’s learning and development, with a focus on both theory as well as the practice of supporting children to intrinsically navigate risk in their lives. In this workshop we will define “risky play”, explore the benefits of children having freedom in their play, ending with tangible resources on how to support children in this, while fulfilling our duty of care as educators, parents, and/or care providers. For more information contact Stephanie Smith at email@example.com.