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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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Summit on Nature for an Urban World [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 19
 

12:30pm

Walkshop: Engaging Students with Nature through Environmental Stewardship Projects
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Discover a step-by-step process that effectively leads teachers and students through project-based learning in the schoolyard, from identifying a testable environmental question to transforming it into research, testing to collect and analyze data, and conducting a student-designed intervention. Participants will visit near-by Stanley Park to explore and compare Coal Harbor and Lost Lagoon, investigate conditions and impacts, sample water quality, determine whether any problems exist, and develop a project that is specific to this location. Case studies of exemplary class projects will also be shared, and participants will gain tools and techniques to facilitate student-driven investigations and environmental stewardship. The session will be jointly presented by the Kwiaht Center for the Historic Ecology of the Salish Sea and the CPF Institute for Transformative Teaching.

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Russel Barsh

Russel Barsh

Exec Director, Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea
Russel Barsh studied human ecology and law at Harvard, where he studied with biologist Stephen Jay Gould and psychologist Jerome Bruner. He taught at the University of Washington, Dartmouth, and New York University; worked as an adviser to United Nations agencies; represented American... Read More →
avatar for Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Karan Wood

Karan Wood

Director, CPF Institute
Karan launched and manages the CPF Institute at Captain Planet Foundation, the mission of which is to foster transformative change in science education that inspires, prepares, and empowers today's children to become the next generation of environmental stewards. The CPF Institute... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)

1:00pm

Walkshop: Discover How Educators Are Motivating Students and Families to Explore Nature Together!
Limited Capacity full
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"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Join the Canadian Wildlife Federation, National Geographic, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre for a mini-BioBlitz experience. We’ll spend 10-15 minutes discussing what a BioBlitz is, then we'll walk to beautiful and diverse Stanley Park to explore several habitats: forest, pond, and intertidal. We’ll look for birds, insects, invertebrates, and more. Who can find the most critters? We’ll have BioBlitz kits on hand, and we’ll be showing participants how to use the iNaturalist app. Enthusiasts: download iNaturalist on your smartphone or tablet and try it out today! This adventure will take place rain or shine, so come prepared.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ford

Mary Ford

Director, Education Programs, National Geographic Society
community and citizen science, environmental education (NAAEE!), and professional learning for educators
avatar for Andrea Gardner

Andrea Gardner

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
avatar for Jonathan R Hultquist

Jonathan R Hultquist

Manager of Public Programs, Vancouver Aquarium
Ocean conservation. Experiential education. Nature play. Fundraising. Collaboration.


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

1:00pm

Walkshop: Exploring a Sense of Place - How to Create Your Own Local Program for Reconnecting with Nature
Limited Capacity full
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"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Exploring a Sense of Place will help you with your own process of discovery and reconnection with the natural world where you live. You will gain an understanding of every ecosystem as having its own deep time geologic story and weather and climate patterns resulting in the particular plant and animal wildlife as well as indigenous wisdom from people living connected to place over thousands of years.

The session shows how Exploring a Sense of Place progresses through every season, in every weather — and how by doing this program together, we form community, deepen our roots with those around us and create new patterns of awareness in our lives.

Our time together includes an immersion experience in near-by Stanley Park with a naturalist and your own copy of an Exploring a Sense of Place guidebook that will deepen you in your own process of awakening to the place where you live.

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Harwell

Karen Harwell

Director, Exploring a Sense of Place
As an explorer of places where we live, I have become aware that we have oriented ourselves as a species ignoring our relationship with our fuller context - our ecosystem, which supports our living here. We did not come into this world. We came out of it, like buds out of branches... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Outside

1:00pm

Walkshop: The Xwaaqw’um Project (Burgoyne Bay, Salt Spring Island)
Limited Capacity seats available
A sustainable vision is being developed to support a Coast Salish cultural learning hub at Xwaaqw’um as we strengthen our reciprocal relationships to the land (and sea). The focal point of the project is Indigenous youth mentorship as taught by local Hul’q’umi’num and Coast Salish Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Watch two five-minute films that highlight summer youth camps, student-based cultural days and community gatherings that have taken place at Xwaaqw’um over the last two years. Discussion will focus on how you can better understand and support local culturally appropriate learning in your classroom and community.

Max Capacity: 40
A sustainable vision is being developed to support a Coast Salish cultural learning hub at Xwaaqw’um as we strengthen our reciprocal relationships to the land (and sea). The focal point of the project is Indigenous youth mentorship as taught by local Hul’q’umi’num and Coast Salish Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Two five-minute films will highlight summer youth camps, student-based cultural days and community gatherings that have taken place at Xwaaqw’um over the last two years. Discussion will focus on how you can better understand and support local culturally appropriate learning in your classroom and community. Indoor/Outdoor

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Joe Akerman

Joe Akerman

Project Lead, Xwaaqw'um Project
Joe is of Cowichan and European descent. In his work with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), and as a leader of the Protect Grace Islet Group and Xwaaqw'um Project on Saltspring Island, he has incorporated grassroots leadership, inclusivity and cultural... Read More →
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Hwiemtun (Fred Roland)

Elder, Xwaaqw'um Project
Born and raised in Khowutzun (the ‘Warm Land’) by a Coast Salish mother and Hawaiian lineage father, Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) received many teachings of his Coast Salish culture. Through spending many years with elders of his territory, Hwiemtun learned the cultural and spiritual... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)