Workshops

CBEEN is pleased to host workshops, as well as support our members in hosting professional development workshops in their communities.
Below Zero Workshop

9am – 2pm, Friday, February 9
In the snow near Nelson!

The WildBC Below Zero workshop will take you outside for a close look at how life survives the winter in your area. Participants will be taken out on a guided snowshoe and 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. Designed for educators who want to awaken their learners to an appreciation of the uniqueness of the winter season, plant and wildlife adaptations, habitat and ecological principles, and responsible human actions, this guide offers 46 activities appropriate for K-12, youth and adult learners. This workshop is hosted by the Kootenay Lake Local Chapter of the BC Environmental Educators. Click here for more information.

SD5 Classrooms to Communities Workshop

8:30am – 12:00pm, February 23
Fernie (Fernie Secondary School) or Cranbrook (Aboriginal Gathering Place)

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Curriculum Implementation workshop is an opportunity to help inspire, support and enhance the ongoing and evolving work of K-12 teachers in British Columbia School Communities to integrate Place-based Education as best practice. It is an invitation for school district staff and community partners to learn, share, connect and collaborate together to support Place-based Learning. This workshop is a collaboration between the East Kootenay Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EKEEPSA), the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Initiative (KBEE) and the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). Click here for more information.

Climate Change Education Workshop

9am-5pm, March 3
Chamber Building, Nelson

Do you want to teach about Climate Change? But want to learn more about the local science and education resources? This workshop will be grounded in local climate science using projections and historical information for our region. It will feature activities, resources, discussion groups and examples of effective climate change education across the region, province and country. Workshop participants will also consider barriers to teaching about climate change and develop solutions to overcome these barriers. You will learn strategies to support students in using critical thinking skills to approach climate change through a solutions based approach. This workshop is co-hosted by CBEEN, Wildsight, EEPSA and Columbia Basin Trust. Click here for more information.

Forest School Canada Risky Play Workshop

April 15 – 16, 9am-5pm

Canyon-Lister Elementary School, Creston

This is a two-day workshop around the importance of risky play in childhood development, learning, and health. Participants will examine play types in both educational and recreational settings, and will explore how to support children engaging in risky play while still fulfilling the duty of care as an educator and/or care provider.

Participants will also learn how to develop and conduct risk/benefit assessments, including the dynamic risk assessment wherein children are included in the assessment and management of risk, and will examine how all of these risk assessments can be done within their own specific educational or recreational settings. For more information visit http://childnature.ca/forest-school-canada/

Around the Medicine Wheel: Indigenizing your class planning and your classroom

April 16 – 8:30am – 3:00pm
Redfish Elementary School, Balfour, SD8

Participate in a 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.

This workshop will take place outside within the Redfish Creek Spawning Channel grounds 20 km from Nelson next to Redfish Elementary School. This workshop will be facilitated by Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicine.

Coyote Mentoring Workshop

May 4, 9:00am – 2:30pm

Elk Valley Nordic Centre, Fernie

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.

This workshop will give you:

  •  a chance to rediscover a child-like passion for the natural world
  •  an opportunity to experience what it is like to participate in a program based on the Coyote mentoring program
  •  an introduction to the natural learning cycle and essential routines that ground and reconnect us with the natural world
  •  an understanding of how stories can be used to create powerful learning experiences.
Lakewater Instructor Level 1 course

June 16/17 & June 30/July1

Location TBA

This certification by the Recerational Canoeing Association of BC is an introductory canoeing instructor course for outdoor leaders such as school teachers, camp staff or outdoor educators. Previous experience is beneficial but not required. Canoes and all gear is available on request. Self guided practice and theory preparation will likely be required in between the two weekends.

Course content includes:

  • Beginner and advanced tandem skills
  • Basic solo skills
  • Teaching skills and course structure
  • Group management
  • Safety procedures, regulations and equipment
  • Presenting theory topics
  • Written exam submitted after the course

To register, email CBEEN Member Roger Warnatsch: roger.warnatsch@gmail.com

Coyote Mentoring Workshop

March 9, Nelson

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.

This workshop will give you:

  •  a chance to rediscover a child-like passion for the natural world
  •  an opportunity to experience what it is like to participate in a program based on the Coyote mentoring program
  •  an introduction to the natural learning cycle and essential routines that ground and reconnect us with the natural world
  •  an understanding of how stories can be used to create powerful learning experiences.

Registration will open soon!

Canadian Classrooms to Communities Conference

October 18 -21, 2018

 St. Eugene Mission Resort

EECOM National Conferences are Canada’s largest, regular gatherings of environmental learning stakeholders, and provide unparalleled professional development and networking opportunities. The theme for the 2018 Conference is Classrooms to Communities (C2C) which envisions learners and educators being deeply connected to place, community and planet, able to effectively communicate their stories of connectedness, and are taking responsibility to do so.

Click here to read more.

Registration will open  in May, 2018. 

Please note: since we are already supporting these workshops we cannot provide additional support through our professional development bursary program.
Click here for our refund policy.
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