Book a Professional Development Workshop!

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 info@cbeen.org.

Please note: If you need financial assistance to help put on your workshop you can apply to our Workshop Bursary Program by clicking here. We can also assist by creating an online registration form and event poster. Please contact us at info@cbeen.org if you have any questions or would like more information.

Coyote Mentoring: Exploring the Wonder of Nature-Based Education – Nature’s Tracks Forest Play

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 ntforestplay@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.canmoreforestplay.com

Deeply Connecting with Nature – Nature’s Tracks Forest Play

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 ntforestplay@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.canmoreforestplay.com

Environmental Inquiry Institute – Learning for a Sustainable Future & Natural Curiosity

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 stankozak@betterlearning.ca.

Website: http://www.lsf-lst.ca/institutes

Teaching Green: Integrating Environmental Justice Issues Across the Curriculum
BC Teachers’s Federation

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.

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
Where the Wild Things are in New Curriculum
WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN workshops - WildBC Get Outdoors
Get Outdoors with the New Curriculum – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN workshops - Forest School Canada
Introduction to Forest and Nature School – Forest School Canada

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 admin@childnature.ca.

Website: http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca

CBEEN workshops - Forest School Canada
Introduction to Risky Play – Forest School Canada

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 admin@childnature.ca.

Website: http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca

 Indigenizing your class planning and your classroom – Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicine

This day of outdoor learning day for culturally relevant, land-based teaching and learn how to indigenize your class plans and classroom. Learn how to use the Medicine Wheel as a template to help ensure that Indigenous Worldview and Perspectives are reflected in all aspects of your teaching. Participants will also explore Core Competencies and how they are embedded in our Traditional Indigenous pedagogy; as well as how to embed them into your classroom and teaching practice. For more information contact Kathryn McCooeye at fournationscoalition@gmail.com.

Website: https://www.fournations.net/

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
Classrooms to Communities – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
Get Outdoors Bootcamp – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

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Project Learning Tree (Early Childhood) – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

Exploring Place-based Learning

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.

Website: https://bctf.ca/PD/WorkshopDetail.aspx?id=43517

CBEEN workshops - Learning for a Sustainable Future
Resources for Rethinking (R4R) 

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.

Website: http://lsf-lst.ca/en/projects/teacher-resources/resources-for-rethinkings-r4r#webinar

CBEEN workshops - Non-profit by Nature
Grant-writing for Environmental Education  

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.

Contact: info@nonprofitbynature.com

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
Project Learning Tree (K-8 Environmental Education) – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
 Below Zero – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
Leap into Action
WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN Workshops - WildBC
 Project WET – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN workshops - WildBC Growing Up Wild
Growing up WILD – WildBC

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.

Website: http://hctfeducation.ca/workshops/

CBEEN workshops Telus World of Science
Structuring Inquiry
Science World

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 kzlee@scienceworld.ca.

Website: https://www.scienceworld.ca/pro-d

CBEEN workshops Telus World of Science
Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists
Science World

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 kzlee@scienceworld.ca.

Website: https://www.scienceworld.ca/pro-d

CBEEN workshops Telus World of Science
Assessing for Inquiry
Science World

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 kzlee@scienceworld.ca.

Website: https://www.scienceworld.ca/pro-d

CBEEN workshops Telus World of Science
Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Science World

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 kzlee@scienceworld.ca.

Website: https://www.scienceworld.ca/pro-d

CBEEN workshops - Green Learning
Online Education Program Workshops
Green Learning Canada Foundation

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.

Website: http://greenlearning.ca/programs/request

How to Teach about Invasive Species – Invasive Species Councils of the Columbia Basin

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:

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society: Robyn Hooper, rhooper@columbiashuswapinvasives.org
Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society: Laurie Frankcom, info@ckiss.ca, 1-844-352-1160
East Kootenay Invasive Species Council: Jessie Paloposki, info@ekisc.com, 1-888-55-EKISC, 1-888-553-5472
Field Leader Certification
Outdoor Council of Canada

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.

Website: http://outdoorcouncil.ca/Leadership_Training

CBEEN workshops - Interpretative Guides Association
Interpreter Training Courses
Interpretive Guides Association

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 info@interpretiveguides.org.

Website: https://interpretiveguides.org/courses

Outdoor Play Space Assessment Tool

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 info@cbeen.org.

CBEEN workshops - Natures Tracks
Stories of Connection – Nature’s Tracks Forest Play

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 ntforestplay@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.canmoreforestplay.com

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Delivering on your curriculum – and increasing environmental and energy literacy – through Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

Our promise: you’ll leave this workshop with some good ideas – and perhaps a good plan! – to do as the title suggests.  We’ll review the tenets of PBL, discuss what ‘increasing environmental, energy, and climate literacy’ means, explore some superb projects created by teachers just like you, and help identify relevant community resources and programs – and of course we’ll model best PBL instruction as we do so!  Then we’ll use the remaining half of the workshop to facilitate small working groups in which your colleagues will help you begin or refine your plan to deliver your curriculum using PBL.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
How do we teach about climate change and give students hope?
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

Teaching about climate change can be challenging – there are many perspectives, students often feel overwhelmed, and it is complex. What are some strategies to help you teach this topic? We have built an education program that engages students around climate change, helping them explore concepts like interdependence and managing our global commons, and explores what they can do to combat climate change.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll ‘learn by doing’ as many activities as possible, receive a digital copy of the draft resource, and discuss with your colleagues how to weave this topic into your classroom practice.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Fun environmental activities in your schoolyard!
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

In this session, we’ll highlight a variety of resources to help you deepen students’ connections with nature and environmental stewardship. We’ll profile a variety of activities that you can do with your students in your schoolyard. You’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
How to teach controversial energy/environmental issues in your classroom
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

“Climate change.”  “Getting Alberta oil to tidewater.”  Students hear a lot about the issues of our day.  Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events – but what to do when the issue you’ve chosen is controversial and might get some parents upset?  In this workshop, we’ll review best teaching practices, show a few examples of powerful project-based and inquiry learning, mention some great teaching resources – and we’ll discuss classroom-ready strategies to help you ‘go there’ with your students.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Outdoor Play in the Early Years – Connections for learning, well-being and nature
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

‘Play is the work of the child,’ and one of our key roles as educators is to create spaces that allow unstructured play that stimulates and engages young children, allowing them to directly experience the natural world as they follow ants and smell the flowers. Research shows that children who play outside in nature in the company of a caring adult – you! –  are more likely to practice responsible environmental behavior when they grow up. In this session, you will learn about the research and benefits of active outdoor nature play, see what others have done, and consider how to weave this in your teaching.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Numeracy and Literacy – using the environment as an engaging and meaningful context
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

The phrase “Environment as the third teacher” refers to the use of the classroom environment as teacher. This workshop will unleash the use of the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities for students to engage in numeracy and literacy. We’ll explore how outdoor learning helps students make meaning of words and numbers, have authentic reasons for writing, understand the magnitude of numbers, estimate, recognize patterns, measure, and understand shapes and space. We’ll have fun doing some activities and expanding your learning environments.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Support for the Green Teacher
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

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. In this session, we’ll share strategies used by your fellow green teachers to survive – and thrive!  – and engage fellow teachers and administrators in your impactful work.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Environmental Storytelling
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

One of the best ways to teach a lesson is to tell a story. In this workshop, you will learn simple storytelling techniques, identify important ‘teachable’ stories in your life, and craft a successful oral tale. The focus will be on telling the stories that demonstrate the positive environmental future we all want to see. Not only that – you’ll thrill to a gripping story of struggle, competition, life, and death that took place in Christina’s worm composter!

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Competencies for stewardship and citizenship
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

Dr. David Orr tells us that “Given the vulnerable state of our natural world, we need a different approach to education” – one that develops students who are not only knowledgeable but also environmentally and socially conscious.  What knowledge and competencies do Alberta students need to create a sustainable future?  How can we help them develop environmental stewardship and citizenship? We’ll share the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future that you can use to enhance your own teaching, showcase inspiring classroom stories, share resources, and identify grants to help turn your ideas into actions.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
‘Leap into Action’ – a free teacher’s guide to environmental action
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll help you identify links between your curriculum and action, and then do several activities from ‘Leap into Action,’ a free teacher activity guide that you’ll receive in this workshop. This guide was created for teachers and is full of lesson plans to help you prepare, inspire and support your students in conducting age-appropriate environmental action projects, including skill-building activities and tools, and real-life case studies.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
Greening your curriculum
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

Environmental education IS excellent education! And your curriculum is full of opportunities to help students learn about the environment. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with a plan to create more environmental learning experiences for your students that emphasize inquiry or project-based learning, real-world and community connections, integrated curricula, and opportunities for students to practice citizenship and act on what they have learned.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

CBEEN workshops - ABCEE
A new education program: Energy efficiency and climate action!
Alberta Council for Environmental Education (Canmore)

We’re developing a powerful education program to increase students’ energy literacy, help the environment, feel hopeful about the future, and give them new skills they can use in school, at home – and in the workplace!  We leverage new circuit meter technology that “makes energy visible” to students, with dashboards that students can use to monitor electrical circuits in their school – from the lights in the gymnasium to the photocopier in the office.  Lesson plans help students understand energy, become analysts and energy efficiency experts, and even create and deliver on action plans to reduce your schools’ greenhouse gas emissions, carbon tax, and utility bills.  We’ll ask for your advice, and share our lesson plans and how you can participate in the program.

For more info contact Gareth Thompson at gareth@abcee.org.

Website: http://www.abcee.org/

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