|Located at:||Yamnuska Area|
|within Bow Valley Wildland Park, https://goo.gl/maps/FaacoKYqw37ZE64N7, AB|
TARGET AUDIENCE: GR K-6 TEACHERS OF ALL DISCIPLINES, PRE SERVICE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS, AND LEARNING COACHES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.
Join this learning, set in the great outdoors, where we’ll expand our interdisciplinary literacy and numeracy repertoire, with an interwoven wellness focus, using the land as our inspiration. You can choose to participate in all 3 parts or you can pick and choose the sessions which are most applicable to you. We will learn from each other while engaging with programming experts to deepen our outdoor learning resources facilitated by outdoor and environmental educator, Andrea Barnes. Come and enjoy the mental wellness benefits of movement and spending time outdoors while we explore connections to the various subject disciplines.
We will explore land-based learning, what it means to us, and how we can incorporate it into our daily teaching and year plans.
The sessions will integrate three FULL DAY outdoor experiences as ways of learning from the land, choose all 3 sessions or a combination that works.
Throughout these learning days we will weave literacy and numeracy outcomes into each of these land-based learning objectives through:
These elements will help your students be more observant, reflective, and curious about the land and take one small step towards building reciprocity into your teaching repertoire.
Andrea Barnesis passionate about teaching and learning outdoors. She has been the Formal Education Coordinator for Alberta Parks in Kananaskis Country for the past 20 years where she has been developing, delivering and evaluating nature and field experiences for students and professional development workshops for teachers. She is inspired and influenced by progressive teaching pedagogy, infusing Land-based learning principles and the natural learning cycle in her programs. She aspires to have a growth mindset when it comes to improving her practice. Andrea is also a professional learning contractor and a classroom teacher. Currently, she also teaches part time in an outdoor based school in Canmore.
Emily ParkinBased in Canmore, Alberta, Emily is an educator at Stoney Education Authority (SEA). This year, Emily is a part of the newly formed land based learning department, which supports all four schools within SEA. Previously, Emily has taught middle and high school courses in England and China. With a love and passion for education technology and experiential learning outdoors, Emily continues to look for pportunities to merge the two and create opportunities for students.
Lunch is NOT included.