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2022 Leadership Clinic

From April 22 – 24, 2022, forty-five educational leaders from across the Columbia Basin, and around British Columbia, came together for the Environmental Education Leadership Clinic after a 3-year hiatus due to COVID-19. This Leadership Clinic provided representatives from 15 Local Chapters of EEPSA (the BC Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association) with the opportunity to […]

Indigenous Learning Resources

Indigenous Learning Resources Here is a list of resources that have been recommended by our Indigenous advisors, members and partners as a way for you to deepen your understanding and move forward the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Watch this short video of a song which was written, recorded […]

Our Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store is now available Canada-wide!

We are excited to share that our Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store is now available Canada-wide! After launching in June in the Columbia Basin, we expanded in September to offer this to the rest of British Columbia. As a result of that success, we are now in a position to offer this to the rest of […]

Six Local Educators Recognized

Six Local Educators Recognized Each year a volunteer team sits down to the task of reviewing nominations to recognize outstanding local educators from across the Columbia Basin region for their efforts in educating their students on environmental stewardship and sustainability. “Our 2020 recipients represent a diversity of communities and backgrounds, and collectively they have made […]

Community Connections Outdoors with Dave Quinn

On Friday January 31, CBEEN supported the East Kootenay Local Chapter of Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) (EKEEPSA) in getting 20 totally engaged teachers and outdoor educators from across the East Kootenay out with Dave Quinn at Jim Smith Lake Provincial Park! They explored winter activities and ideas related to place-based, community-centered education, and shared cross-curricular […]

Connecting Classrooms to Communities in the Columbia Basin and beyond!

Over 325 educators, including teachers, students and community members from across the province, gathered in Vancouver on October 25-26 to explore inspiring and community-connected strategies for teaching and learning in B.C. schools. “Place-based learning is as core foundation of the renewed K-12 curriculum in B.C.” said Patrick Robertson, Chair of the C2C Education Network, “Our […]

Coyote Learning Model in Revelstoke

On October 25, 42 educators gathered in Revelstoke for the Coyote Mentoring Workshop. This was hosted by the Revelstoke Local Chapter of EEPSA with support from CBEEN. Despite wet and story weather, educators were filled with smiles and new activities and ideas. This workshop gave educators an excellent framework for teaching environmental education. It showed educators […]

Inspiration, Sharing, and Collaborating for Place-based and Environmental Learning

On October 25, CBEEN partnered with the Kootenay Lake Local Chapter of EEPSA to host a workshop entitled ‘Inspiration, Sharing, and Collaborating for Place-based and Environmental Learning’. 43 educators took part, learning from each other by sharing things that they have had success with, such as lessons, resources and ways to manage behavior while teaching students […]

Educators get outside at outdoor, experiential workshop

On October 25, CBEEN partnered with the Rocky Mountain Place-based Learning Network – a local chapter of EEPSA – to host outdoor teacher Matthias Starzner, in facilitating the Cross-curricular Outdoor, Experiential Teaching and Learning Workshop. 22 educators took part, increasing their capacity as educators with current research, tried and tested activities, including: Cross-curricular links, STEAM […]

Coyote Mentoring – Akisqnuk First Nation

On September 28, CBEEN partnered with the Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society to host the Coyote Mentoring Workshop at the Akisqnuk First Nation’s Lakeshore Campground. The Coyote Mentoring Workshop provided participants with a powerful nature-based educational model that fosters a deep connection with the natural world. Focusing on play, story telling and nature crafts, […]

Inquiring Voices 2019 Environmental Education Gathering

30 educators from across the Columbia Basin and beyond gathered at beautiful Whatshan Lake Retreat on September 20-22 for CBEEN’s annual Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering. The goal of this annual event is to bring together educators to form a rich learning community meet to share, support, and collaborate with one another.  Some of the themes […]

Breath of Fresh Air: Outdoor Play Summit

CBEEN recently supported Courtney Haeusler (Fernie) in attending the ‘Breath of Fresh Air: Outdoor Play Summit‘ in Ottawa. Here is what she discovered: Like many of these workshops/conferences, my greatest takeaway is the connections made with like-minded folks and the enthusiasm and drive I feel after participating in a workshop such as the Breath of Fresh Air. […]

Local Educators Recognized for Excellence

Seven educators from the Columbia Basin have been recognized by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) for their excellence in encouraging stewardship and sustainability through environmental education. Through their experience, collaborative efforts and mentorship, they have collectively made a deep and lasting impact on our entire region. 2019 Awards of Excellence were presented to […]

Permaculture Education

With the support of CBEEN’s Professional Development Bursary Program, Heather Keczan from Nelson recently attended the Permaculture for Educators Course in Portland. This week-long course was for educators to gather at a Permaculture demonstration site and learn best practices for teaching and facilitating permaculture programs in schools and communities. In Heather’s words… I learned how we can apply […]

Agua Adventures

Claire Pollock-Hall and Avery Deboer-Smith of Living Lakes Canada recently attended the Living Lakes International Conference in Valencia, Spain, with the support of CBEEN’s Professional Development Bursary Program. Claire shared that “The 15th International Living Lakes Conference in 2019 focused on Wetland Conservation both within Spain and around the world through its various partner organisations. The networks that […]

Empowering Climate Action through Education

A group of CBEEN members recently attended the #EECOM2019 Canadian Environmental Education Climate Change Conference in Saskatoon with support from our Professional Development Bursary Program which CBEEN offers in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust. They brought home many resources and ideas to share with other educators in the Columbia Basin! What was most interesting and […]

Getting Outdoors in Revelstoke!

On May 13 CBEEN supported the Revelstoke Local Chapter of EEPSA in hosting WildBC’s ‘Get Outdoors’ Workshop. 21 educators attended this workshop which was facilitated by Theresa Southam from Nelson. She shared her vast experience building wetlands and working with educators throughout BC. As a facilitator, she also encouraged participants to share their activities and […]

Connecting to the Land and Culture

CBEEN member Brittany Haugen recently attended the CASS 2019 First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Gathering in Edmonton with the support of a professional development bursary. She reflected that “This conference was filled with meaningful connections to the land, roots of Culture and how it can be embraced and embedded into any program. I have always […]

Leaders emerge from across the Columbia Basin

In southeast British Columbia there has been an emergence of effective systemic leadership model for supporting environmental education in the K-12 school system. In April, for the 6th year in a row, forty educator leaders were brought together at Nipika Mountain Resort for a leadership clinic to encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability by supporting educators. […]

Walking Curriculum 30-day Challenge

This past month, Mrs. Burgess’ Grade One students at Marysville School took part in the Walking Curriculum 30-Day Challenge.  Starting April 3, K-12 educators around the world were dedicated to taking their classes outside, rain or shine (or snow!), for at least 30 minutes. Students helped with planning for our time outdoors, and our support staff […]

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