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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Friday, April 21 • 9:45am - 11:45am
Walkshop: Exploring Our Places Together: Using "Exploration Roles" to Create Outdoor Learning Content FULL
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Join students of the Pender Island Ecological Education Community (PEEC) as we immerse in the discovery and facilitation of more than two-dozen “Exploration Roles” designed to encourage outdoor learners to experience and respond to the world through a variety of place-based adventures. Exploring side-by-side with grade 4-9 students, you’ll discover first-hand how small groups of learners can collaborate and embark on an exploration of their surroundings to become aware, observe, record, process, create and reflect. Each group will share in the responsibility of fulfilling their various roles by designing a hands-on, minds-on learning activity centered on one aspect of their place, then sharing their work and understanding with others at the end of the exploration period. Exploration Roles dis"cover" many different parts of the provincial curriculum, integrating language arts, science, fine arts, math, social studies, fine arts, physical education and personal planning goals and objectives. More importantly, we have found that they can lead to the development of learners who are curious, responsible, active, thoughtful, creative, positive, knowledgeable, considerate and respectful of themselves, others and their surroundings.

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Steve Dunsmuir

Ecological Educator, School District 64 Gulf Islands
Steve Dunsmuir is a teacher in the Pender Ecological Education Community (PEEC) and was also the founder and principal educator at the Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC) high school program and the Middle Years Shared Ecological Education Community (MYSEEC) on Salt Spring... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am PDT