We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), Green Teacher, and the North American Association of Environmental Education to offer a wide variety of webinars.
Designing Green Schoolyards – With and For the School Community
Monday, October 15
Designing green schoolyards for and by the school community can take many forms. Join the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) on Oct. 15 to hear how Learning Landscapes in Plumas County, CA, Trust for Public Land in New York City, and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada collect their school communities input when creating their green schoolyards. We’ll learn about their programs, techniques and what tools they use during this webinar.
Why Learn About Insects?
Wednesday, October 17
In this presentation, Rob Bixler argues that a wide variety of personal, community and societal benefits can emerge if we can find more ways to focus our students’ attention on the lowly, creepy critters that most people just call “bugs.” Bugs should and can be the ideal means of teaching many environmental education concepts to elementary age children.
Feeding Plants That Feed the World
Monday, October 22
Today’s modern agriculture faces the challenge of feeding a growing world population, which is estimated to be 9 billion people by the year 2050. With fewer students involved directly with agriculture, there is a disconnect in which fewer young people know where their food comes from today. To address this disconnect and the global challenges, Kent Lewarne will share some activities that introduce students to some of the terms used in agriculture and the “food” plants need to eat too.
A Community Pathway to Stewardship
Tuesday, October 30
This presentation will offer up an environmental framework for education, centred on stewardship and drawing on Indigenous Ways of Knowing. If we truly want to foster the environmental citizens of tomorrow, we need to involve our entire community: That means parents, grandparents, educators, schools, organizations, community leaders, health professionals, municipal officials and businesses. A theory of change around community environmental education is being developed in Peterborough, Ontario.
Creating Community-Wide Outdoor Education Festivals
Wednesday, November 7
Four years ago, a small group of people came together to explore how to change attitudes and behaviours and increase the amount of time people in our city were spending outdoors for living and learning. We created an annual weeklong outdoor education festival, and a movement to increase time spent outdoors. Hartley will provide advice on how to get started, how to reach out to community members, how to raise funds, and finally, the lessons we have learned.
Exploring Learning Stories
Wednesday, January 16
Join into a conversation about the value of documenting Learning Stories as experienced through a unique University and School Board research partnership. Webinar facilitators will discuss how observing and documenting learning in, about and for the environment alongside learners, is slowing down the process of learning and offering a space for thoughtful reflection about relationships, stewardship and global citizenship to inform pedagogy.
Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains
Wednesday, February 13
Teacher-led progressive skits are a quick and engaging way to make food chains come alive for students aged six to adult. They provide a good mix of teacher control and student creativity, and use repetition and humor to facilitate learning. They can be customized to work with any grade level or even mixed groups by purposefully selecting the level of vocabulary and detail you include. In her presentation, Emily will walk you through the basics.