Workshops

This is a draft schedule that this is a way to see what is being offered at the conference, there will be some additional minor changes. There will not be pre-registration for individual workshops, rather participants will be able to choose at the time. It is a feast of learning!

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Friday 19th May 2017

8:45 - 10:20am

Uncommon Common Art - Assemblage Art in Nature

Terry Drahos Outdoor Lawn

Terry Drahos is the founder and director of Uncommon Common Art, an art educator, and a practicing artist. Originally from Chicago, Drahos chooses Nova Scotia for her home because of the beautiful natural area and the warm creative people who live there.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Sustainability Learning Pathways in Teacher Education

Patrick Robertson Irving Auditorium

Patrick Robertson, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Rob VanWynsberghe, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
Bruce Ford, School and Youth Leadership Programs, Metro Vancouver

Patrick, Rob and Bruce are collaborating on numerous local-national initiatives to support and advance sustainability in K-12 and post-secondary education.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Mother Nature's Book

Emile Gauthreau & Louise Goodwin Meet at Yurt

This workshop will take you on a journey of discovery into “Mother Nature’s Book”. You will step a short way into the forest and travel but a short distance while learning the ways of the natural world from an indigenous perspective. Emile Gauthreau and Louise Goodwin will facilitate a guided walk in which they help you explore the forest with all of your senses, from understanding how a tree illuminates past weather over years, to recognizing how you could find food in the forest, to appreciating the medicinal uses for various plants. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the various interconnections between the plants and animals and aboriginal cultures. You won’t go far, rather you will slow down and see many new things you have walked past before.
Emile Gauthreau and Louise Goodwin are Méti spiritual elders from New Brunswick who have been offering ceremonies, guided walks and shared nature experiences over many years to a wide range of school groups, community gatherings, outdoor leadership programs and museum and parks programs. Emile was recognized as EECOM’s environmental educator of the year in 2009.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Indigenous Perspectives

Financing the Future: Investing in Sustainable Community Projects

Heather Gordon Seminary 229

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) supports sustainable communities and conservation efforts by offering a series of funding programs. Learn about our grants and contributions, how to apply, best practices in order for your project to be successful, navigating the funding process, as well as what additional funds are available.
Jaclyn Poole is a Program Officer at ECCC. Jaclyn will provide advice and guidance to your organization and will advise you on the eligibility of your organization and project.

Veronica Sherwood is an Indigenous Affairs Advisor with ECCC and she will help you explore other sources of community funding.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Children, Nature & Technology - being tech-savvy, healthy and mindfully connected in the digital age

Kerry Crofton Irving Classroom

It has always been good to get children outdoors. Now that children spend so much time inside, staring at digital screens, it is urgent! Learn the research and recommendations on digital addiction and detox; on social isolation and disconnect from the natural world and how to address effectively these issues.
Kerry Crofton is a grandmother, health educator and public health consultant. She is Founder/Director of the non profit Global Alliance for Brain & Heart Health and author of A Wellness Guide for The Digital Age. She is the medical commentator on electro-magnetic radiation for the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Sharks and Rays - Environmental Education through games

Anika Riopel Carnegie 203

How do we engage and teach a sense of agency and optimism for the environment? This hands-on workshop will explore the use of experiential learning as a teaching method. Participants will have the opportunity to play an educational game and then discuss and reflect on games and experiential learning.
Anika Riopel is completing a double major in Environment, Society & Sustainability and Theatre Arts at Dalhousie University. She has a deep passion for alternative and interactive environmental education approaches. She is a PADI Dive Instructor, ocean enthusiast and is a Education Policy Advisor for ConnectOcean an ocean education NGO.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Re-Connecting with Nature, Elementary Education

Exploring the Unknown: Underwater Observatories and Online Data Tools for Marine Science Teaching and Research

Dwight Owens Carnegie 113

This workshop will introduce you to Ocean Networks Canada's underwater observatories and how they support learning and research in the science of coastal and deep-sea ecosystems. Bring your laptop and gain hands-on experience with online data tools to view, search, and download live and archived ocean data.
Dr. Dave Riddell works with Ocean Networks Canada's Learning & Engagement Team to develop, implement, and evaluate initiatives aimed at promoting marine science and fostering ocean literacy among students, education providers, and communities in British Columbia and across Canada.
Fri 8:45 - 10:20am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Secondary Education

8:45 - 9:30am

Great Fish: Mobilizing Communities Through a Detectable Dialogue on the Value of Fish for Food Security

Kim Olson Patterson 316

Fri 8:45 - 9:30am

Holistic Education in Grades 4-8

Tim Grant Emmerson 201

After presenting guiding principles that promote critical thinking, equity, environmental responsibility and community service in schools, participants will have an opportunity to practice hands-on activities related to topics such as bird migration, human food systems and ecological footprints. Free copies of these activities will be provided.
A former high school teacher, Tim Grant has been the co-editor and editor of Green Teacher, a non-profit magazine for youth educators, for 25 years. During this time, he co-edited six popular books, 4 ebooks and hosted more than 70 webinars.
Fri 8:45 - 9:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Sorting It Out: Solid Waste-Based Curriculum Resources for In-Class Educators

Chloe Kennedy Seminary 242

This interactive session will highlight the launch of Divert NS' exciting new initiative: curriculum-based educational resources for classroom educators. Join us to pilot some of these engaging solid-waste and recycling based activities! The workshop will conclude with a round-table discussion of waste habits and positive behaviour change strategies.
Chloe Kennedy and Sean Williams are a consulting team specialising in environmental education. Chloe is a part-time lecturer at Dalhousie University and an educator with Department of Natural Resources. Sean is a French and Social-Studies teacher in Nova Scotia who specialises in bringing environmental topics into his lesson plans.
Fri 8:45 - 9:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Waste Education

Wild Education-Bringing Outside Connections Inside

Randy McLeod Emmerson 201

WILD Education, a K-12 environmental education program, features activities about wildlife, the environment, support curriculum, fun for everyone, brings the outside inside and can be used in the classroom with multiple cross curricular connects. The session will feature an introduction to the programs by playing with activities from the guides.
33 years as a school educator, 5 years as the Education Manager for Canadian Wildlife Federation, 35 years working with youth and sports, outdoor and environment enthusiast/educator, community volunteer, Outdoor Council of Canada certified, iRide youth Cycling of BC certified instructor and Kimberley Nature Park Society member and trail maintaining.
Fri 8:45 - 9:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Build Your Energy System Challenge

Jason Armstrong Emmerson 209

Play a game to learn about energy systems! Developed by Energy Exchange, a division of Pollution Probe, The Energy System Challenge is a board game that challenges players to build the most efficient and cleanest energy system that meets your needs like lighting, heating and transportation.
Jason is the Manager of the Let's Talk Energy initiative, a program run by the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa . He has worked in museums for more than 15 years as an educator, interpretative planner, and project manager.
Fri 8:45 - 9:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Energy, Secondary Education

Whittling Away Environmental Disconnection

Steve Abbott Patterson 308

Learn how whittling can help you and your students connect with nature, express creativity, come to value every-day items, and learn to appreciate a process and the beautiful stories which accompany it.
I'm Steve Abbott from Regina, Saskatchewan. An outdoor environmental educator for the public school board and SaskOutdoors, my inspirations for and from nature are rooted in the connections established when I was young. I love my work for the chances to help others make those connections with nature too.
Fri 8:45 - 9:05am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Investigating the Effect of Nature Related Routines on Preschool Children's Affinity to Nature at Halifax Childrens' Centres

Nazanin Omidvar Patterson 308

Nazanin is passionate about the environment and helping children to enhance their appreciation and respect for nature. Being a Master of Environmental Studies student at Dalhousie University, working as early childhood educator with Environmental Education background, and volunteering for different environmentally engaged organizations is just the beginning of her path.
Fri 9:10 - 9:30am
Outdoor Active Living

We Built It.......And People Keep Coming!

Alice Power Patterson 107

Friends of the Pugwash Estuary, an environmental group in a small village, has built a many faceted organization. Among its successes are community engagement and the provision of spaces for appreciation of nature as well as physical activity. A review of what and how we did it.
Alice Power - retired teacher. Chair of Friends of the Pugwash Estuary. Hiker, backpacker, skier and all round outdoors person. Betty Hodgson -retired nurse practitioner. Long time involvement in environmental issues with late husband (Nature NS, NS Nature Trust). Goal is to combine healthy lifestyle and healthy environment.
Fri 8:45 - 9:05am
Outdoor Active Living

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network: Learning from a pan-Canadian project

Adam Young Patterson 316

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) will report on findings from a cross-Canadian study, spanning six provinces and territories. We will discuss how environment and sustainability is being taken up across the country and what can be learned in terms of leadership, community engagement, and on-the-ground school practices.
SEPN is a national network of researchers and non-governmental organizations working to advance sustainability in the public education system in Canada.
Fri 9:10 - 9:30am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

The small and the tiny: Children's relationship with insects

Elizabeth Boileau Patterson 206

This session will be a paper presentation where I will share findings from my research on insect conservation, children's perceptions of insects and the role of education programs focused on insects in preventing a negative image of insects and other invertebrates.
Elizabeth is a PhD student in the Education Faculty of Lakehead University and an Instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Red River College in Manitoba. Elizabeth is passionate about connecting children to nature and has worked as an Environmental Educator in various locations, including the Montreal Insectarium.
Fri 8:45 - 9:05am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Breaking Climate Change Paralysis Through Participatory Photography

Heather Russek Patterson 206

Current environmental strategies are focused at the policy level and do little to address the human emotional state surrounding climate change. This session will share participatory design research that involved photography and image sorting as a way to explore personal meaning and emotions surrounding climate change.
Heather Russek is the Director, Strategy & Initiatives at St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto. As part of completing her Master of Design at OCAD University, she had the opportunity to explore person-centred approaches to social problems, and was fortunate to explore her passion for environmental sustainability.
Fri 9:10 - 9:30am
Sustainable Communities, Energy

Talking Climate Change with Kids: Best Practices for Elementary Students

Shannon Harding Patterson 107

Educators often stumble over how to present the complexity of Climate Change while leaving children with hope in a dark situation. This session will focus on developing a set of best practices for engaging young children in accessible and impactful climate change education; based in experience, research and psychology.
Shannon Harding is the EnviroEd Program Coordinator at the Clean Foundation. Clean is a non-profit, NGO that focuses on critical ecological issues knowing that education is critical to long-term change. Shannon is a dedicated environmental and outdoor educator with nearly 20 years of experience in education, program development and delivery.
Fri 9:10 - 9:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Elementary Education

9:35 - 10:20am

Connecting Conservation Efforts Across Canada

Merebeth Switzer Emmerson 209

Ducks Unlimited Canada-recognized Wetland Centres of Excellence (WCE) form a national network of educators and students working to conserve wetlands in over 25 communities across Canada. Learn about the technology, challenges, and benefits as they shared their experience by a national videoconference and in-person workshops.
Merebeth Switzer is the national education manager for Ducks Unlimited
Fri 9:35 - 10:20am
Sustainable Communities

Teaching about Invasive Species

Tim Grant Emmerson 201

Apart from examining the challenges of teaching young people about invasive species, we'll briefly explore programs and hands-on activities that exemplary educators from across North America have used with great success. Then we'll try a few activities.
A former high school teacher, Tim Grant has been the co-editor and editor of Green Teacher, a non-profit magazine for youth educators, for 25 years. During this time, he co-edited six popular books, 4 ebooks and hosted more than 70 webinars.
Fri 9:35 - 10:20am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Planet Protectors: Using Waste Management Facilities for Innovative Learning Experiences

Andrea Gibson Garrett Seminary 242

Yes, fun with garbage is possible! Planet Protectors is an interactive waste management tour at Valley Waste’s site which was collaboratively created by Acadia University’s Community Development department and Valley Waste staff. Geared toward the Grade 3 level, it take the students on a half day adventure around the site, addressing topics such as soil cycle, material changes, decomposition and the environment. Details of the program will be presented as well as discussion on how waste management facilities can be creatively used as an educational tool.
Fri 9:35 - 10:20am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Waste Education

Weaving Environmental Education into 21st Century Learning Competencies

Elizabeth Jardine Patterson 206

This presentation demonstrates how to use inquiry learning as a vehicle to develop the 21st century learning competencies of communication, citizenship, creativity, collaboration and problem solving while integrating environmental education outcomes into the curriculum. Through transformative practice students seek to construct sustainable futures through student-led action increasing student agency.
Betsy Jardine is a teacher whose transformative practice has led her and her students to involvement in many initiatives such as the Peacechild Millennium Project, the first Eco-Action Project in Canada written by students, the Spirit Tree Project, and the development of the Whycocomagh Eco-Centre within her school.
Fri 9:35 - 10:20am
Sustainable Communities, Secondary Education

Activism or brainwashing? A study of teachers' efforts to mitigate allegations of indoctrination while teaching 'for' the environment

Margaux Brown Patterson 316

This session presents findings from a small-scale qualitative study that investigates how environmental educators teach for the environment (that is, fostering active student participation in environmental initiatives) while mitigating charges of indoctrination. Participants indicated use of Ministry documents and student-directed inquiry was key to alleviating this tension.
Margaux Brown is a second year student in the Master's of Teaching program at the University of Toronto. Her interest in environmental education stems from her upbringing in rural Alberta where she developed an ecological consciousness that she strives to maintain in her new urban lifestyle.
Fri 9:35 - 9:55am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Energy and Climate Change Literacy in New Brunswick: No where to go but up

Louise Comeau Patterson 107

New Brunswickers have low levels of perceived and factual knowledge of energy sources and energy decision-making processes as well as the causes of and processes causing climate change. This presentation summarizes results from 2014 and 2016 New Brunswick surveys measuring energy and climate literacy and recommendations for improving education/engagement efforts.
Dr. Louise Comeau

Louise is Program Director for Climate Change and Energy Solutions at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. She also is an Honorary Research Associate at UNB where she teaches climate change. Research interests: values and attitudes associated with energy preferences and behaviours and community capacity to adapt.
Fri 10:00 - 10:20am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development, Energy

The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network: Building an outdoor culture in NS

Janet Barlow Patterson 308

The NS Outdoor Network, a project of Recreation NS, was created in 2016 to facilitate more communication, sharing, collaboration and celebration in the outdoor community. Its aim is to get more people outside participating in low-impact, nature-based activities. Learn how it hopes to strengthen and support the NS outdoor community.
Janet has worked for over 15 years with a variety of Nova Scotian non-profit and governmental organizations on project management and policy in the areas of outdoor recreation, nature/environmental education, hiking and active transportation.
Fri 9:35 - 9:55am
Outdoor Active Living, Recreation & Health

Bring Back the Boreal: Engaging Canadians in a Parks Canada forest restoration project

Nadine Lefort Patterson 316

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is home to many species that depend on a healthy boreal forest to survive. Unfortunately, a thick mat of grass is replacing the once thriving forest. Learn how Parks Canada is engaging youth, Mi'kmaq, local communities, and researchers to help bring back the boreal forest.
An outdoor and environmental educator, Nadine Lefort has worked with Sierra Club BC, Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, and currently as Outreach Officer with Parks Canada. She lives in Sydney, NS, where she can be found jumping in puddles and climbing trees with her two little boys.
Fri 10:00 - 10:20am
Outdoor Active Living

Spiritual Retreat Centres: Their Potential Role in Reconnecting Us with Nature

Janet Groen Patterson 107

Multiple spiritual retreat centres across Canada host people who feel the need to take time out from their busy lives to pause, to be still, and to reconnect with themselves and nature. It is this last motivator, the potential for re-connection with nature at these centres, this session explores.
Janet Groen is an Associate Professor in Adult Learning at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on spirituality and transformative learning for adult learners in multiple contexts, including environmental education programs. When she isn't busy with her work, she spends as much as she can reconnecting with nature.
Fri 9:35 - 9:55am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Connecting Children with Nature

Sushila KC Patterson 308

Engagement in extracurricular activities is very important to early childhood development because it fosters confidence, creativity, and teaches important life skills and helps children to reach their full potential. PSD Nepal has been working with fifteen schools and two orphanages and conducts extracurricular activities. Such as, students are taken to
Ms Sushila Khatri has completed a Masters Degree in Sociology. She is currently working as Field Coordinator at Partnership for Sustainable Development. For the last 12 years she served in several organizations in the field of environment, youth and children as trainers, supervisors of the program. She is responsible at
Fri 10:00 - 10:20am
Outdoor Active Living

1:15 - 4:15pm

The Land as our Teacher

Robin Wall Kimmerer Outdoor Lawn

In indigenous ways of knowing, the land is understood as a source of knowledge and among our oldest teachers. If the land is our teacher, how do we be better students? What are our responsibilities in return for all the land gives to us? Robin Wall , Kimmerer draws upon her Potawatomi heritage and experience as a plant scientist, writer and educator, to integrate traditional and scientific knowledges in support of healing our relationship with the living world.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Indigenous Perspectives, Recreation & Health

Food, Farming and Social Justice

Just Us Centre for Small Farms (JUCSF) Courtyard Fountain

The workshop will begin with an introduction to the JUCSF, a tour of the gardens, and the coffee museum. Participants will move between different workshops of their choice, and we'll end with a shared snack and sharing circle.
Located on unceded Mi'kmaq land, the JUCSF is committed to exploring farm and food-related issues and their relationship to social justice. We implement sustainable food practices through partnerships with a vibrant and diverse community. With our demonstration garden and extensive library we offer tours, workshops, and community-building opportunities.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Sustainable Communities, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Photovoice: Using storytelling in evaluation

Miranda Cobb Irving Classroom

Photovoice and other storytelling methods are a rich and meaningful way to do evaluation. In this interactive session, learn by doing photovoice yourself and see different ways to incorporate this and other storytelling methods into your work.
Miranda has a passion for evaluation and storytelling. She has worked as the Evaluation and Research Coordinator for the Our Food Project at the Ecology Action Centre since 2012. She has explored many developmental and participatory approaches to evaluation and loves to share them with others!
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development, Parks & Interpretation, Waste Education

Mast Outdoor Leadership with the Nova Scotia Sea School

Heather Kelday Outdoor Lawn

Learn youth engagement best practices through a unique experiential leadership activity with the Nova Scotia Sea School. Raise a mast as a team, practice the effective use of silence, command and surprise and leave with a variety of tools for facilitating outdoors and in most work / team settings.
The Nova Scotia Sea School provides transformational experiences for youth ages 12- 19 in traditional sailing and wilderness survival expeditions based out of Lunenburg Nova Scotia. Heather Kelday is the Executive Director and has over 20 years of experience facilitating team oriented activities outdoors.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Outdoor Active Living

Green Rights: Law, Journalism and Education in a Post-Truth World

Silver Donald Cameron Irving Auditorium

In a world governed by unrepentant liars, saturated by advertising and informed by media obsessed with sport and entertainment, citizens and students need accurate and reliable information. Increasingly, they can get it mainly from two sources: educators and independent journalists, each of which can strengthen and fortify the other.
Silver Donald Cameron, OM, ONS, DCL, DLitt, FRCGS, PhD, has taught or served as a senior administrator in eight universities. He is also one of Canada's leading independent writers, the author of 18 books and innumerable reports, articles, plays, radio and TV scripts. For more details, consult his Wikipedia entry.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Great Minds Think Outside / Les grands penseurs se rencontrent dehors

Marie-Pierre Poirier Meet at Yurt

Great Minds Think Outside is a hands-on, curriculum-linked, outdoor professional development program that gives teachers and educators the skills, tools, and resources they need to teach their students outside; whatever the subject matter. Visit www.nben.ca/greatminds for more details.
We are a team of highly qualified and experienced bilingual professionals from all around New Brunswick who specialize in outdoor education, nature education, and environmental education.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Outdoor Active Living

There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather - Only Poor Clothing

Laura Molyneux Irving Acadia Room

Presented by the co-owners and practitioners of Newfoundland's only Forest School, this workshop will focus on allowing children opportunities for play based outdoor learning experiences. Topics include risk management" and "planning for successful outdoor play".""resented by the co-owners and practitioners of Newfoundland'"
Both Laura Molyneux and Nora Trask have worked in a variety of school-based, early learning, behavior management and afterschool environments. They recognize the need to inspire educators and regulators to get children outside in all types of weather.

Cloudberry opened in 2014 and offers Forest School programs to children 3-8.
Fri 1:15 - 4:15pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

1:15 - 2:45pm

Respectfully Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Environmental Education

Alanna Syliboy Patterson 107

Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Indigenous Perspectives

Coyote Mentoring: exploring techniques in deep nature connection

Judy Lipp Patterson 308

We have different entry points to connecting with nature. For some its skills based, others gather naturalist knowledge, others connect spiritually. When we see our audience and meet them where they are at, magic happens. Join me on a workshop outside to explore basic techniques in nature mentoring.
Judy Lipp is a recent returnee to Nova Scotia after 're-discovering' her passion for nature in the middle of Canada's largest urban center. Keen to bring this awareness to others, she has been exploring nature mentoring for three years and now volunteers with the Young Naturalist Club.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Parks & Interpretation

Cultivating ecological self: Inspiring educators to integrate teaching into nature

Eric Windhorst Emmerson 201

Educators often encounter psychological obstacles to taking their teaching outside into nearby nature. Drawing on ecopsychological ideas, this workshop will introduce a series of "ecological self" exercises intended to dissolve psychological barriers to outdoor instruction while inspiring educators to share their new-found nature connection with students in their care.
Eric Windhorst is a counsellor & coach, educator, writer, and (re)searcher passionate about connecting individuals with nature - both outer and inner. Currently a PhD student at Brock University, Eric's dissertation project explores how gifted adults experience ecological self. Eric also teaches geography & environmental studies courses at Redeemer University College.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Environmental Visualizations and Science in a Box!

Tracy Webb Seminary 242

We will explore several thought-provoking visualizations and "labs" relating to environmental issues, suitable for any teaching level, to doing an experiential workshop with resource kits from Safe Drinking Water Foundation. The SDWF provides many wonderful resources for teachers and kits are classroom ready, with many diverse applications!
Tracy graduated Acadia U. (B.Sc Geology, B.Ed. and M.Ed.) and teaches many sciences. She is (or has been) involved with Safe Drinking Water Foundation, LSF (R4R) NESDEC, SENSE, 5th WCEE, EECOM, Steering Committee Teacher Advisors Green Street, Atlantic Geoscience Society Ed. Chair, etc. Pretty passionate about living life large.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Energy, Secondary Education

The Politics of Fair Trade

Joey Pittoello Patterson 206

This session will review the founding principles of fair trade and how the movement has evolved over the past 25 years. It will go into some depth on the complicated fair trade landscape of certifications, seals, and brands as well as the political complications that have arisen.
Joey Pittoello is an organic farmer and co-Managing Director of Just Us! Coffee Roasters worker co-operative. He currently manages producer relations, production, and coffee quality and purchasing. This takes him around the world to visit long-term producer-partners all of whom participate in the fair trade movement.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Investigating Amazing Aquatic Life

Katie Scott Seminary 229

Bring your natural curiousity and rubber boots to explore what aquatic life lives in our local wetlands. We will 'critter dip' at campus pond where we identify critters and investigate their role in the ecosystem while discussing the importance of wetlands.
Katie Scott, B. Sc, B.Ed (Elementary) and Samantha Brewster, B.ScF (minor in Wildlife) are Education Specialists with Ducks Unlimited Canada in the Atlantic region. Combined they have over 15 years of teaching environmental education in a variety of settings including all grade school levels, peer professional development and university level.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Elementary Education, Parks & Interpretation

Weaving together key learning strategies to create a more just and environmental fabric of society

Laura Sims Patterson 316

When integrating Indigenous perspectives or education for sustainability principles into educational practice, certain commonalities in approach and focus become apparent. This participatory workshop highlights these commonalities and explores how using these strategies can enrich classroom teaching to address both environmental and social justice issues.
Laura Sims, Ph.D. teaches in the Faculty of Education, Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg. She specializes in education for sustainability and community-based assessment processes. Laura taught high school for 10 years in Winnipeg and in the Dominican Republic. For six years she worked with a CIDA environmental project in Central America.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Sustainable Communities

Trailblazing outdoor play after school programs as a springboard for community change

Emily LeGrand & Cate de Vreede Emmerson 209

Learn about how a free, municipal outdoor play after school program is being used to develop nature play facilitators and make outdoor play a part of modern childhood again at a community level. Come away with ideas about how to bring outdoor play back in your community.
Emily LeGrand has been working on bringing play back into after school programs, with a special focus on nature based programs, for three years. She has a background in environmental education, and biology. She brings to her work interests in self-directed learning, nature, child development and active living. Cate de Vreede is an environmental educator with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation.
Fri 1:15 - 2:45pm
Outdoor Active Living

3:00 - 4:30pm

Exploring Reconciliation Through Environmental Education

Haley Higdon Patterson 308

The Natural Curiosity resource finds common ground with values inherent to Indigenous cultures in some important respects. This workshop will look at the new version of Natural Curiosity, which supports stronger awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance in environmental education.
Haley Higdon is the program lead for Natural Curiosity and has her MA in Child Study and Education. She has extensive experience with facilitating professional inquiry with educators to help evolve their practice to include environmental inquiry.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Sustainable Communities

Mi'kmaw Traditional and Ecological Knowledge

Gerald Gloade Patterson 107

Come learn about Mi’kmaw traditional and ecological knowledge. Pattern recognition was learned through our Planets annual journey around the Sun. The Mi’kmaw have been here in this place since the last glaciers, seeing the patterns laid out over 13,000 times. The lessons we learned from the land are still taught today and although global warming has thrown the cycle off a bit; you can still observe these lessons as they are played out. Where to be and when to be there, was essential to our survival. Our traditional understanding of these annual events gives us a schedule to follow, to prepare, and to collect the gifts from the Creator.
Gerald Gloade is an artist and educator who is currently the Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre. As an artist, educator and Mi’kmaw storyteller, Gerald guides the development of visitor and educational programs for the centre. His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends in particular have captured many audiences. Gerald is a key member of the curatorial group, growing our understandings of collections, places, people, practices and events for the future Centre. Gerald was brought up and lives in the community of Millbrook with his wife Natalie and their two sons, Gerald D. and Kyle.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Indigenous Perspectives, Parks & Interpretation

Exploring the Key ingredients for successful empowering youth leadership programs

Bruce Ford Emmerson 209

Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Sustainable Communities, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Virtually Energized

Marcin Modzynski Seminary 229

We have propelled Green Schools into the digital age in the form of Virtual Engagements! Utilizing online video conferencing programs, the Green Schools Engagement Officers have been virtually engaging with classrooms and schools on the topic of energy efficiency all over the province. Now it's your turn!
Marcin Modzynski has been the Green Schools Program and Communications Manager since January 2016, and was the Communications Manager for the year prior. Tabitha Coleman has been the Program Coordinator since September 2016, and was an Engagement Officer for three years before that.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Energy

See the Sea Change across the Atlantic.

Fiona Couch Emmerson 201

Discover EU's Sea Change Project and collaborative opportunities to "Sea Change" by empowering Ocean Literate citizens. Use direct, sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. Engaging, interactive activities will help bring down barriers to Ocean content in Canada's EE and EC community.
Fiona Crouch, an outstanding UK marine conservation educator and communicator is Project Manager of the EU's Horizon 2020 Sea Change Project. She is co-founder and President of the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA). Anne Stewart, co-founder/co-chair of CaNOE, champions our one Ocean through Ocean Literacy in Canada and abroad.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

The Stella Bowles story: How a young girl is saving the Lahave River and how we can encourage more young leaders

Clare Kellock Patterson 206

How did Stella Bowles, a young girl, engage her community in saving the polluted Lahave river with her science project? Stella explains her project's success; we discuss how social media is redefining education; and we present our workshop that is supporting young leaders to implement their own environmental community projects.
Stella Bowles is in grade 7 at Bridgewater Elementary School; her science project on the LaHave River prompted a multi million dollar cleanup involving all levels of government. Emma Kinley is Coastal Action's Watershed Projects Coordinator dealing with water quality/habitat restoration. Clare Kellock is Coastal Action's Environmental Education Projects Coordinator.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Sustainable Communities

WILD Spaces: how to transform any space into a wildlife-friendly garden

Melissa Lefebvre Patterson 316

Connect to nature and make a difference for wildlife at home, school or in your community. This workshop will provide "how-to" guidance through hands-on activities, examples and take-home resources to jumpstart you into creating beautiful and beneficial gardens. All spaces can be wild spaces and anyone can create them!
Melissa Lefebvre works with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. She is a trained ecologist and wildlife biologist who helps manages national education programs that connect Canadians to nature. Her drive for making wildlife conservation accessible, love for pollinators, cooking, the ocean and Boston terriers get her out of bed each morning.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Recreation & Health

Discovering the Soil Beneath your Feet

Tamara Sealy Seminary 242

Soil is the ultimate medium in which we rely on to provide safe, and healthy food. Join Nutrients for Life for a hands on soil testing workshop and learn why soil nutrients are essential in food production. Also learn about our School Learning Gardens and resources here in Atlantic Canada.
Tamara is from a small hobby farm in Northern NB, she is a Plant Science Technician from Dalhousie University, and her knowledge and background helps the schools she works with better understand soils, plant production and agriculture in general. She is the Atlantic Rep for the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
Fri 3:00 - 4:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Elementary Education, Parks & Interpretation

Saturday 20th May 2017

10:30 - 12:00pm

Storytelling As a Way of Knowing

Shalan Joudry Seminary 229

Oral storyteller and ecologist, Shalan Joudry, will share how Mi'kmaw knowing comes from the land, Elders, ourselves and then transferred through oral storytelling technique. Participants will join her in movement and sound exercises, and reflect on how to incorporate 'teachings' into short stories in their practice.
Shalan is a community ecologist working in her home region of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia) in community-based ecological projects, often involving youth and public activities. She is also a trained theatre artist and writer, working professionally as an oral storyteller.
Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Indigenous Perspectives

EECOM National Partnership Dialogue

Bruce Ford Irving Classroom

This is a dialogue session to discuss strategies to strengthen national and interprovincial organizational networks for environmental education.
Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

A is for Adventure

Jan Sebastian LaPierre & Chris Surette Outdoor Lawn (Rain Location: Irving Auditorium)

Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Outdoor Active Living

Walking the Wild Curriculum: Steps to Becoming an Eco-pedagogue

Hilary Leighton Carnegie 203

(Re)member and reclaim your natural inheritance as one who is called to teach. Step (literally) toward ways of becoming more eco-pedagogical through arts and nature-based practices. Encounter wild spaces of curricular possibility. Unearth more of your own particular gifts in soulful relationship to and reciprocity with the whole ecology.
A lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche, educator and eco-psychotherapist, Dr. Hilary Leighton draws from embodied, nature-based practices to reflect the ethical dilemma, suffering, and loss of our relationships with wildness, to re-embrace learning as an initiation toward wholeness and a deeper, more soulful way of belonging to the world.
Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Honouring the Complexities of our Relationships with Place and Indigeneity Through Creative Inquiry

Margaret McKeon Emmerson 209

An artful feast! Of poetry and creation, nourishment and unsettling. Whether we are receiving or creating, art can be vital and transformational. Art helps us journey from our heads to our listening hearts. For this workshop, we'll share some poetry and music, and we'll engage in reflection and writing together.
Margaret is an outdoor educator, poet and doctoral student in language and literacy education at the University of British Columbia. A person of euro-settler ancestry, her research focuses on relationships with place and land.
Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Sustainable Communities

Hands-on Water Education with Project WET

Heather Murray Seminary 242

Looking for resources to inspire student inquiry and learning outdoors? Join us to explore hands-on activities about water, watersheds and wetlands and an introduction to the new Project WET 2.0 educator's guide, containing 65 easy-to-use lessons for K-12. Take home a sampler of the lessons in English or French!
Heather Murray is a facilitator with WildBC in Victoria, where she helps connect educators and their students to the natural world through workshops and outdoor learning experiences.

(A co-presenter from NS Environment is being confirmed and will be added to the Author Bio upon proposal acceptance.)
Sat 10:30 - 12:00pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Elementary Education, Oceans & Water

10:30 - 11:10am

Learning through Outdoor Games

Tim Grant Emmerson 201

Outdoor games provide sensory-rich introductions to important ecological concepts such as habitats, energy cycles, individual species and food chains. They can also introduce us to other cultures and global inequities. This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of games that are useful when working with kids.
A former high school teacher, Tim Grant has been the co-editor and editor of Green Teacher, a non-profit magazine for youth educators, for 25 years. During this time, he co-edited six popular books, 4 ebooks and hosted more than 70 webinars
Sat 10:30 - 11:10am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Sharing Innovative Ideas and Curriculum for Waste Management Education

Andrew Garrett Carnegie 207

Sat 10:30 - 11:10am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Waste Education

Recipe for a Dynamic Kids' Nature Camp

Laura Temple Carnegie 113

In this presentation, the founders of Echo Pond Summer Camp, a kids' overnight nature camp set in the fog forest of Newfoundland, will use photos, storytelling, and poetry to illustrate how they started their program. This will include successes, lessons learned, and goals for the future.
Laura Temple is Executive Director of the Environmental Education Commission, and Director of Echo Pond Summer Camps. She developed her love of nature growing up in a small community in Newfoundland. She has a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from Memorial University, and Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University.
Sat 10:30 - 11:10am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Engaging Communities in Renewable Energy Development

John Colton Patterson 107

Social acceptance of renewable energy and other forms of energy development has become increasingly contentious. Issues critical to acceptance of development such as trust, legitimacy, and credibility in government and industry are at a historical low. This session explores these issues within the frameworks of community engagement principles and practices.
John Colton is a Professor in the Department of Community Development and the Environmental Studies program at Acadia University. His research explores community and place within the context of renewable energy development. He lives on the South Mountain outside of Wolfville, N.S. with his parter and two boys.
Sat 10:30 - 10:50am
Sustainable Communities

Envirothon: Fostering Youth Engagement in Local Environmental Issues

Brenna Reynolds Patterson 316

Envirothon is an environmental education competition for high school students, which focuses on 4 categories: forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soils & land use. This presentation looks at how Envirothon can foster an understanding of environmental issues in youth as they engage in outdoor learning in their local communities.
After Brenna joined Forest Nova Scotia this January, she quickly got her feet wet in many stakeholder activities, the Nova Scotia Envirothon being one. With a background in public relations and believing that stakeholder engagement reaches much father than those who work in, or make decisions for an industry, Brenna is excited about getting the next generation involved in a life long passion for the environment.
Sat 10:55 - 11:15am
Sustainable Communities

Canada C3: Celebrating and Connecting Canada

Lisa (Diz) Glithero Patterson 207

On June 1st, the Canada C3 expedition begins its 150-day journey around Canada's coastline. Guided by four central themes (environment, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion, and youth engagement), this Canada 150 signature initiative is an educational journey to celebrate Canada and connect Canadians. Join us to learn more and get involved.
Lisa (Diz) Glithero, PhD
Diz is an interdisciplinary teacher educator and researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and the Education Lead for Canada C3.

Timothy Straka Tim is a program designer and instructor in the Faculty of Education at UBC and on theCanada C3 Team.
Sat 10:30 - 10:50am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Bringing together Eco-Tourism and Ocean Conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador

Hillary Wainwright Patterson 206

We give guests a greater knowledge of the ocean and the species that call it home, as well as engage participants in recognizing the ocean's impacts on our own lives. Through these engaging experiences, it is hoped that guests will leave inspired to contribute to making a difference.
I have a background in Environmental Science, marine ecology and informal education. Now residing in St. John's, I am pursuing a career in environmental education targeted at K-12 students and the public. Getting people outside, on the water and having first-hand experiences is what I believe will make the difference!
Sat 10:55 - 11:15am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Engaging Communities in Nature

Jennifer White Patterson 206

Come learn about NCC's (current and future) programs for engaging communities and how we bring people and nature together. Discover our exciting new Nature Destinations program that focuses on providing space(s) for outdoor active living by enhancing public access at our conservation reserves.
Sat 10:30 - 10:50am
Outdoor Active Living, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education, Energy

Opportunities for improving human and ecosystem health through recreation in nature

Penelope Kuhn Patterson 107

This project has 3 components:research documenting the physical, mental, and ecosystem health benefits of recreation in nature; an interpretive plan focused on the topic of water for a new nature trail at the Western Common Wilderness Common; and, design assessments for nature-based play at the adjacent Prospect Road Community Centre.
Penelope has a background in environmental science (M.Sc.) and is currently obtaining a Masters of Planning degree from Dalhousie. Her interests include the mental and physical health benefits of nature, great public parks and spaces, interpretation, nature-based play, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, and designing for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Sat 10:55 - 11:15am
Sustainable Communities, Recreation & Health

Liability Issues in Outdoor Learning

Elizabeth McIsaac Patterson 316

Outdoor learning activities can provide meaningful and hands-on opportunities for learners of all ages and levels of education, but can expose participants to the risk of bodily injury. This presentation will review the legal risks that accompany outdoor learning activities and how these risks can (and cannot) be mitigated.
Elizabeth is an associate lawyer in McInnes Cooper's Halifax office, with a practice in Energy & Natural Resources. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2015 and holds a Juris Doctor, a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Earth Sciences.
Sat 10:30 - 10:50am
Outdoor Active Living, Recreation & Health

Connecting children with Nature: Spectacular Mud Day Celebration!

Bishnu Hari Bhatta Patterson 308

Children in today's world are being adversely affected by their growing disconnection from nature. Children can re-connect with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature education sustaining and enriching part of the daily lives of the children.
Sat 10:55 - 11:15am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Integrating Traditional Knowledge into Youth Internships

Morgan Book Patterson 308

Clean Foundation proactively incorporates Traditional Knowledge and Two-Eyed Seeing into its Youth Corps; a paid summer youth internship program. Cross-cultural learning and sharing is entrenched into the program and is the root of its success. Interns gain the knowledge and skills to integrate these teachings into other facets of their life.
Morgan Book is the Coordinator of the Youth Corps and Community Programs at Clean; an enviro-NGO based in Dartmouth, NS. Morgan has a BSc. in Environmental Science and Geography and a Masters of Climate Change. She is very passionate about the work she does and believes in its long-lasting impact.
Sat 10:30 - 10:50am
Indigenous Perspectives

11:20 - 12:00pm

Reconnecting through the Hourglass: Insights about Songwriting as a Basis for Sustainability Education

Glenn Sutter Carnegie 113

This interactive workshop will examine how people can reconnect with nature through songwriting, with a focus on urbanized high school students and a novel research and education project called Songwriting for Nature (songs4nature.ca). Together we'll explore the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, and maybe even write a song!
Dr. Glenn C. Sutter is Curator of Human Ecology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where he studies the role of heritage and creativity in sustainability education. The other authors are Dr. Katherine Arbuthnott, Professor of Psychology, and Trish Lawrie, a psychology graduate student at Campion College, University of Regina.
Sat 11:20 - 12:00pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Teaching the Greatest Challenge of Them All: Climate Change

Tim Grant Emmerson 201

Participants will be introduced to the "four dimensions of climate change", a framework that enables youth educators to understand the issue. But the majority of the session will be practicing hands-on activities that help young people understand the causes and consequences and take action in their communities.
A former high school teacher, Tim Grant has been the co-editor and editor of Green Teacher, a non-profit magazine for youth educators, for 25 years. During this time, he co-edited six popular books, 4 ebooks and hosted more than 70 webinars.
Sat 11:20 - 12:00pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Sorting it out: On the path to a zero waste Farmers' Market

Mary Sweatman Carnegie 207

Diverting waste from the landfill is not usually the focus of a typical Farmers's Market experience, but for Acadia University's Community Development students it is! This presentation will describe the challenges and successes of a sort station pilot project and a market on the path to becoming zero waste.
Kelly Marie Redcliffe is the Wolfville Farmers' Market Manager and Mary Sweatman teaches in the Department of Community Development at Acadia University.
Sat 11:20 - 12:00pm
Sustainable Communities, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Community Partnerships for Education, Vitality and Fun

Kathy Snow Patterson 107

B.E. a Survivor/Rescuer was a pilot project to engage Cape Breton youth with Ben Eoin Ski hill by changing the traditional ski trip into a holistic learning experience. Through collaboration of 3 community stakeholders, a day of exploration was held for elementary students. The design and results will be shared.
Kathy Snow is an assistant professor at Cape Breton University. She is the editor of the Journal of Professional Online and Continuing Education. Her research interests include an examination of the nexus of educational technology, science education and sustainability.
Sat 11:20 - 11:40am
Sustainable Communities

A citizen science water monitoring project: an environmental education opportunity from university campus to community school.

Irene Muller Patterson 308

This research study incorporated pre-service teachers and Grade 10 school learners in Physical Science as participants in a citizen science community-based water monitoring project. Engaging more than one educational institute in collaborative, social, environmental learning was a first of its kind in South Africa.
Irene Muller is a lecturer in Physical Science and Mathematics at the School of Education (NWU, South Africa). The community-based water monitoring project engaging students and learners formed part of her trans-disciplinary Ph D thesis which merges the knowledge fields of Natural Science, Environmental Education and Adaptive management.
Sat 11:40 - 12:00pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Oceans & Water

Relationality and Intersubjectivity in Children and Youth Garden Spaces

Janet McVittie Patterson 213

This paper contributes to literature around the role of relationship in learning through centring gardens as gathering places of children, adults, plants, animals, landscapes, stories, cultures, knowledges, and discovery. Discussing three garden-centered learning settings, the authors highlight significant emerging relationships for program design, integrating inquiry, experiential learning, and Indigenous worldviews.
The team (Vince Anderson, Ranjan Datta, Jean Kayira, Janet McVittie) has informally worked together for approximately ten years. We have joint interests in social and ecological justice, and come from different countries of origin, academic backgrounds, genders, languages, research traditions, but share a love of good beer.
Sat 11:20 - 11:40am
Sustainable Communities

Critical Cohorts and Key Partners in the World of Waste

Sharon LeBlanc Patterson 107

Organizations can no longer stand alone in their efforts to help the environment. Waste Check is no exception. Over the years, they have been able to build relationships and engage key groups to assist them with their mandate which is to "provide waste reduction awareness, education and program support".
Sharon LeBlanc, is the Education Coordinator at Waste Check (Yarmouth and Digby Counties) in South Western NS, for the last six years. She has degrees in Geology (Acadia) and Environmental Technology (CBU). She is passionate about teaching anyone who will listen about how to manage their waste.
Sat 11:40 - 12:00pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Waste Education

Fanning the Spark: The end as just the beginning

Jennifer Williams Patterson 316

Come learn and share ways of engaging with alumni to fan a post-program spark into a fire of action with Students on Ice (SOI). SOI is an internationally recognized leader in ship-based polar education with an Alumni Program that is committed to ensuring the journey for participants continues post expedition.
Jennifer Williams, a trained teacher, world adventurer and relationship builder, is committed to facilitating a sense of wonder about, and cultivating respect for, our world and its inhabitants. As Education Manager with Students on Ice Jennifer manages the execution of the Education Program on expedition.
Sat 11:20 - 11:40am
Sustainable Communities

Creating big waves with small actions

Magali Gregoire Patterson 316

It doesn't take large, world-class ideas to inspire people to take action! This presentation is focused on the importance of interactive and engaging interpretation for scientific institutions. Come hear about lessons learned while creating Aha! moments with nature and how a small but mighty idea changed everything.
Magali is an educator and museologist with a passion for ocean life. For the last five years, her work has primarily involved environmental education. Magali is the Founder of the Back to the Sea Society and is spearheading the project of bringing a catch-and-release aquarium to Halifax.
Sat 11:40 - 12:00pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Stormwater in Atlantic Canada- a case study on the need for effective public education

Camilla Melrose Patterson 206

Stormwater is a hot topic for municipalities in the face of climate change, with an increasing push to use green infrastructure to help manage stormwater. Water illiteracy among the public, municipal employees, and communities needs is preventing the adoption of green infrastructure, but is not a simple challenge to overcome.
Camilla Melrose is the water program coordinator with the Clean Foundation. She runs the Atlantic Stormwater Initiative, a program working to change how Atlantic Canada deals with stormwater. She has a background in biology, geology and environmental geochemistry, and has been working in the environmental field for 14 years.
Sat 11:20 - 11:40am
Sustainable Communities

Educating the Masses: Exploring Climate Change Education Strategies for the General Public

Adam Cheeseman Patterson 206

Drawing on lessons learned from an ongoing collaborative climate change adaptation project in Maritime Canada, this presentation will share innovative educational strategies used to increase climate change knowledge and awareness among the general public.
Adam Cheeseman is a Climate Change Project Officer with Nature NB. Adam manages a collaborative project focused on integrating nature's services into land-use decisions for the purposes of climate change adaptation. Adam also coordinates the Sackville NatureKids program offered by Nature NB, which provides outdoor programming for New Brunswick families.
Sat 11:40 - 12:00pm
Sustainable Communities

1:15 - 2:35pm

Loose Parts Adventure Play

Jacqueline Whelan Seminary 242

Today's elementary students have limited access to wild spaces where they can engage in free, unstructured play while connecting to nature. To address this issue, we have been piloting a Pop-Up Loose Parts Adventure Playground. Our aim is to get students outside and into nature.
Jacqueline Whelan is a teacher with the OCDSB focused on nature-based learning , environmental inquiry and loose parts play. Joanne Burbidge worked as a biologist for 7 years before becoming a Kindergarten teacher. She is focused on using the schoolyard and nearby nature to bring experiential learning to her students.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Outdoor Active Living

EECOM 25th Reunion Alumni Conversation

Tim Grant Irving Classroom

This is an opportunity for EECOM old timers to have a conversation and also be able to bring in alumni who could not be present via skype.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm

Wild about Nature— Catchy Tunes for Kids of All Ages

Ashley Moffat Meet at Yurt

Join singer-songwriter and nature freak, Ashley Moffat, as she performs original songs about wild wonders like: bats, beavers, frogs, owls, narwhals, and even the platypus. You are guaranteed to learn and have fun at the same time! This performance will be followed by a short question and answer period.
Ashley Moffat, AKA Little Miss Moffat, has been crafting and performing award-winning nature-themed music for 15 years. A founding member of the Nova Scotia duo, the Wilderbeats, Ashley is presently working with Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) on her second solo album, "Habitat", which will feature songs about Nighthawks, Narwhals, and other wild creatures. Ashley presently resides in Annapolis Royal and works seasonally for Parks Canada at Kejimkujik.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Creative ways to support education...just add beer, pizza, coffee, and solar panels?!

Heather Reid Carnegie 207

Ever wonder how the important educational work you do can truly realize financial sustainability? This interactive session will explore ways to engage businesses, social enterprise, not for profits, volunteers, and government in the work you do. Based on a case study from Abbey Gardens, Haliburton Ontario. Come ready to dream!
Heather Reid is an Acadia University graduate and current operations director at Abbey Gardens Community Trust. Heather's role involves oversight of the entire operation and strategic planning. She has a background in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Community Development, and Community-Based Research.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Sustainable Communities

Planning for change: Development of the Blue Route Cycling Network in Nova Scotia

Ben Buckwold Patterson 308

Bicycle Nova Scotia will detail the importance of cycling network planning, highlighting collaboration across institutions, government and communities - to develop comprehensive bicycle routes through the Blue Route network. The session features a ride through three types of cycling infrastructure commencing with a discussion on the role of bicycle experience.
Ben Buckwold is the Director of Blue Route Implementation at Bicycle Nova Scotia and works diligently to bring communities together through planning and infrastructure.Susanna Fuller is the co-president of Bicycle Nova Scotia and feels that bicycles and related infrastructure can lead to improved health, economic and environmental outcomes.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Sustainable Communities, Recreation & Health

Songs for Environmental Education Sharing Circle

Remy Rodden Carnegie 203

Songs for Environmental Education is a community of folks interested in, and practicing the use of music and song for environmental learning. Come join the chorus! Bring your voices, instruments and stories for this participatory workshop where we'll share our best songs, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm.
Remy Rodden is an environmental educator and singer-songwriter from Whitehorse, Yukon. His day job is with the Yukon Government as Manager of EE and Youth Programs. He is an experienced performer in schools and festivals from sea-to-sea-to-sea who loves to share a passion for both music and EE (www.remyrodden.com).
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Parks & Interpretation

Rethinking Waste - A Holistic Approach

Marcus Goodick Emmerson 201

This session will explore new concepts and activities that provide a more holistic approach to educating our future leaders on how to make optimal use of nature's finite resources as we transition to a circular economy where nothing is wasted.
A recognized environmental leader, educator, entrepreneur, and solutions finder, who collaborates with Business to implement sustainable practices. Always willing to talk trash, Marcus is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to turn waste into a resource or eliminate it altogether.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Waste Education

From Nature to Curriculum through Transformative Learning

Haley Higdon Carnegie 113

Time in nature provides many benefits to learners yet educators are confronted with how to link these to curriculum. Transformative pedagogies (inquiry, acting on learning and others) capitalize on student engagement with the natural world. Take the challenge with us; nature can enhance learning in every subject for every learner.
Haley Higdon is the program lead for Natural Curiosity and has her MA in Child Study and Education. She has extensive experience with facilitating professional inquiry with educators to help evolve their practice to include environmental inquiry. For the following workshop, she will be representing two organizations: Natural Curiosity and Learning for a Sustainable Future.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

Enviroventure: An integrated model for lasting Environmental Education

Mark Gaynik Patterson 206

Through passion, intentional design, and outdoor experience as the backbone, the Enviroventure program develops environmental ethics that inspire deeper ecological action. Featuring students and footage from the program, this session will explore the transformative integrated curricular model that supports the motto, "There is more in you than you think".
Mark Gaynik is the teacher coordinator of the 4-credit Gr.12 Enviroventure program at Nantyr Shores SS, in Innisfil, Ontario. A former McMaster Kinesiology and Queen's OEE graduate, and passionate outdoor and environmental educator for over 15 years. Mark is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of learners.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Netukulimk

Alanna Syliboy Patterson 107

Today the Bay of Fundy Watershed, which was once so familiar, has changed due to commercial use, population growth, pollution and global warming. The Mi'kmaw Conservation group will endeavor to take on these and other challenges to fulfill their mission...."To Promote and Restore the concept of Netukulimk in the Bay"
The MCG is developing programs on issues involving species-at-risk and participating in programs such as habitat restoration. Through our programs and services we help to promote Netukulimk “taking what you need today and leaving some for tomorrow“ in the Bay of Fundy Watershed.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Elementary Education

Connecting Kids to the Natural World through Nature-Character Development

Kari Riddell Seminary 229

Join us for a fun hands-on and hands-up opportunity to explore puppetry as a tool for early environmental education. Participants will warm their hands in the heart of a puppet and learn to deliver a message that builds empathy and excitement for the natural world.
Kari Riddell has been working with Clean since 2005 and is the creator of one of their signature and award winning programs, "Eddie's Road Tours". She is dedicated to educating young children through creative methods that engage learners of all types to inspire a new love of the earth.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Parks & Interpretation

Reconnecting with Nature 2.0 Inside of Natures Edges

George Taylor Outdoor Lawn

Take a walk with the woodland Character Known locally as Mossy Oak and step inside of Natures Edges . Wear your old clothes and rain pants so you can get down on the ground and reconnect to the natural world. Through a flow of simple but magical activities you will gain knowledge and experience to take home and add to your personal leadership bag. This is a workshop based on the Reconnecting with Nature Leadership training approach sponsored by Hike Nova Scotia and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Cultures Communities and Heritage.
Your session leader will be George Taylor(Mossy Oak) who has been working in the environmental programming field for over 30 years. Retired from the Adventure Earth Centre in Halifax, Oak spends his life as a "free range senior", recently returning from living out/of a backpack for 34 days in the mountains of New Zealand.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Re-Connecting with Nature, Elementary Education, Recreation & Health

The Nature Playbook: Take Action to Connect a New Generation with Nature

George Woodhouse Patterson 316

The Nature Playbook is all about connecting young people with Nature. It is a practical action guide that provides suggestions from around Canada, but ultimately empowers the user to decide what works for them, and then helps them to run with it.
George Woodhouse is public servant / musician. He was introduced to Parks Canada as an Arts student when he wrote a hip hop song about Gros Morne National Park ("Tales from da Trailz") without ever having set foot in the actual park. Six years later, he’s coordinating Parks Canada's Learn-to Camp hub in Halifax. Philosophically speaking, George grapples the question of how our society can become more inspired and well equipped to connect with nature.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Sustainable Communities

Telling your story: how you can become your own media through content marketing

Sean Kelly Emmerson 209

Thanks to social media, citizens journalism and affordable communications tools, community groups can tell their stories directly to key audiences. Getting in the media is still important, but increasingly difficult. So why not become your own media outlet? This workshop will explore the steps to designing a content marketing plan.
Sean Kelly has extensive experience in communications, writing, film & radio production, public relations and social marketing. He has worked for groups including Cuso, the Lester Pearson Institute and the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, and is currently the Managing Coordinator of Communications & Marketing for Clean Foundation.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Time to Play a film followed by a discussion with the film maker

Kim Hunter Irving Auditorium

Time to Play is a wonderful 45 minute documentary film which considers many pressing issues of early childhood. Details can be worked out within the context of the time available. This could be a longer session particularly if a panel discussion is attached to it.
Kim Hunter has been working with children in her home-based (mostly outdoors) Waldorf kindergarten for 17 years. In 2015 she was the recipient of The Prime Minister Award for Teaching Excellence. She homeschooled her daughter (now 24) all the way through her education.
Sat 1:15 - 2:35pm
Outdoor Active Living

1:15 - 1:55pm

2:00 - 2:40pm

2:45 - 3:30pm

Humility: An Acknowledgement to Learning in Alternative Contexts

Shane Theunissen Emmerson 209

We cannot know the extent of what we don't know. This workshop will offer a brief exploration into epistemological and ontological humility. Knots as part art and science have a heritage in alternative contexts. Science" has not improved on the bowline: could this perhaps represent a lesson in humility?""e cannot know the extent of what we don't know. This workshop will offer a brief exploration"
I enjoy teaching, and learning about research methodologies. My interest in this subject area, and concurrent graduate work on Indigenous education, stem from my childhood and education in South Africa, and six year tenure in a remote fly in community in Northern Ontario. Experiential background in sailing and commercial diving.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Watch for Wildlife NS - wildlife vehicle collision prevention and the role for citizen science.

Wanda Baxter Patterson 316

This presentation will introduce the field of road ecology, the impact of wildlife vehicle collisions on wildlife and people, and how public education and improved data collection are important for preventing collisions. This session will be of interest to people interested in education,wildlife rescue, management and impacts on species at risk.
Wanda Baxter has a Master in Environmental Design from the U of Calgary. She has worked for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Biosphere Reserve Network, Parks Canada, Helping Nature Heal, Clean Nova Scotia, and Sierra Club Canada Foundation. She developed and is Program Manager for Watch for Wildlife NS
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

The Arctic Sea Ice Educational Package

Evan Warner Emmerson 201

The Arctic Sea Ice Education package integrates hands-on science lesson plans for middle and high school classes with traditional Inuit knowledge in a northern context that is relevant and exciting for Inuit students while also applicable to a wider southern audience.
Filmmaker and Educator Evan Warner is the Educational Coordinator for The Arctic Eider Society , a registered Canadian charity working with Inuit and Cree in East Hudson Bay to address environmental change and the cumulative impact. He was the editor of the award winning film People of a Feather.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Oceans & Water, Secondary Education

MIGRATION EDUCATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN BIRD SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION

Liza Barney Seminary 242

Migration Education brings current bird research and the innovative technology of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System into the classroom! This workshop demonstrates interactive case studies highlighting the life history, migration, population dynamics and conservation threats of focal species, and ways to help birds in the schoolyard and at home.
As a Science Educator with Bird Studies Canada, Liza coordinates educational and outreach programs to connect students to birds and nature through fun, youth-focused Citizen Science programs, such as the Christmas Bird Count for Kids and Schoolyard Bird Blitz.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Canadians Pull Together for Ocean Literacy in CaNOE

Heather Murray Patterson 206

Everyone is connected to, and reliant on, our Ocean life support system. Ocean defines our blue planet, even if you live far inland. Discover ocean literacy, how it intersects with environmental education and how it can splash new global meaning into your practice. Session is interactive with some hands-on.
Anne Stewart and Heather Murray, co-founders and co-chairs of CaNOE (the Canadian Network for Ocean Education): Anne champions our one Ocean through Ocean Literacy in Canada and abroad; Heather calls both east and west coasts of Canada home and is on a lifelong quest to understand and protect our Ocean.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Oceans & Water

Teaching with porpoise: Using immersive outdoor marine mammal education to teach biological research skills, environmental conservation and stewardship.

Brenna Frasier Carnegie 113

Marine mammals are used as a foundation for learning, providing immersive experiences for students aged 14-24. Our experiential learning objectives highlight biological study and environmental stewardship, but also learning through trial and error, the importance of being supportive team members, and finding innovative solutions to often complicated conservation issues.
Brenna Frasier is a conservation geneticist who has studied marine mammals for 18 years. She is a research associate and educator with Saint Mary's University, the NS Museum of Natural History, and the Canadian Whale Institute. She loves opportunities to get outdoors and to provide unique learning experiences for all.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Oceans & Water

Découvrir la mémoire du sol - aménagement écologique aux écoles et dans la communauté

Serge LaRochelle Seminary 229

Le Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne entreprend des projets d’aménagement écologique pour la santé des habitats naturels. Venez apprendre les méthodes et les clefs du succès pour améliorer et connecter avec la nature qui nous entoure.
Serge LaRochelle détient une maitrise en gestion des ressources naturelles et est passionné du jardinage et de l'environnement. Il travaille pour le Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne en aménagement écologique. Serge vit à Cocagne, au Nouveau-Brunswick sur un petit lopin de terre.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Transforming School Yards as Outdoor Learning Spaces

Paula Murphy Carnegie 203

As one looks back in time, we need to question when and why schoolyards became a place to "store" children at recess? Simcoe County District School Board in Ontario has taken the initiative to transform schoolyards into outdoor learning spaces for play and inquiry for our learners and educators.
Sandy Clee is a Land Use Planner for the School Board who has supported the initiative to create meaningful Outdoor Learning Spaces for our youngest learners. Paula Murphy is a Superintendent of Early Learning who has facilitated classroom research, Outdoor Education conferences and in class outdoor learning supports for educators.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Outdoor Active Living, Elementary Education

Youth Leadership and H.E.A.T. Youth Action Team

Cole Grabinsky Patterson 107

The Adventure Earth Centre has been engaging youth across Nova Scotia in environmental education and experiential learning for over 30 years. Together, we will explore techniques for engaging youth in meaningful ways through firsthand experience from our H.E.A.T. (Helping the Earth by Acting Together) Youth Action Team.
Cole Grabinsky is a Coordinator of the Adventure Earth Centre's H.E.A.T. Youth Action Team in Halifax. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University's Bachelor of Community Design program and is happiest outside working with people. Cole will be presenting with Sarah Coley and members of the H.E.A.T. Youth Action Team.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Sustainable Communities

Closing a Mine and Reclaiming the Land

Julie Lépine Patterson 308

Educators will learn about mine closure and reclamation processes as well as explore the innovations in land reclamation in Canada through hands-on activities and knowledge sharing. Indigenous perspectives on reclamation processes will be discussed. The objective is to help understanding Environmental Assessments in relation to mining and its curriculum applications.
Julie Lépine is a Physical Geographer with a specialization in Environmental Science. She is working with Mining Matters as the Teacher Training and School Programs Coordinator. She shares her knowledge about Earth science and sustainable mining practices through hands-on workshops correlated to the curriculum across Canada.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Teaching climate change in innovative ways with unusual partners

Jason Armstrong Irving Auditorium

In the December 2016 Let's Talk Energy partnered with Will Gadd, internationally renown Ice climber, Red Bull, and Daily Planet on an expedition to the Columbia Ice Field to produce educational videos on the effects of climate change. Learn how to create new opportunities to reach broad audiences.
Jason Armstrong manages the Let`s Talk Energy program at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. He has worked in museums for more than 15 years as an educator, interpretative planner, and project manager. Energy & climate are fascinating topics that have many elements including economy, environment, sustainability, development,
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Transitioning to Resilient, Adaptable and Sustainable Local Economies

Robert Cervelli Carnegie 207

In a rapidly changing world, it is possible for small communities to re-take greater control of their local economies, providing a resilient buffer to unstable global forces related to the environment, economy and energy. The session will describe precedents being set internationally by successful communities across all segments of the economy.
Robert Cervelli is the Executive Director for the Centre for Local Prosperity (www.centreforlocalprosperity.ca). He has been a member of the E.F.Schumacher Society for 28 years, and has attended numerous international economics conferences focusing on rebuilding economic resilience at the local level. Robert is also Chair of Transition Bay St. Margarets.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Sustainable Communities, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education

Music as a Tool for Environmental Education and Advocacy

Jennifer Publicover Irving Classrom

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Jennifer Publicover (MES, MMus) is a professional musician, teacher, and scholar. She is a multi-genre flutist and recording artist in traditional, classical, and early music. This study represents her thesis research for her Master of Environmental Studies degree at Dalhousie University.
Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Re-Connecting with Nature

Cultural Interpretations of Ecological Identity

Betsy Jardine Irving Acadia Rm

Betsy Jardine is a PhD candidate researching Cultural Interpretations of Ecological Identity. Her proximity to the Mi'kmaq and their cultural way of knowing the other-than-human world has piqued her interest in understanding the impact of cultural ways of knowing on our nature relationship. Her research has investigated the narratives of persons.
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Sat 2:45 - 3:30pm
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

Sunday 21st May 2017

9:00 - 10:30am

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Sarah Coley Emmerson 201

MindShift is all about SHIFTING the culture in our communities toward environmental sustainability! It is designed by youth, for youth, to make a difference in schools and communities. Learn how the program was developed and how to implement this powerful teaching and leadership tool in your own community.
Terri Peace and Elizabeth Olmstead coordinate the MindShift program at the Adventure Earth Centre in Halifax. They annually recruit, train, and support the team to develop and present this engaging and innovative youth-led program.

Terri and Elizabeth will be presenting with youth from the MindShift program.
Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Sustainable Communities

Upping The Intent-sity: why intentional design in outdoor experiences matters

Barret Miller Outdoor Lawn

Building ecological literacy requires more than just time outside; well-crafted experiences allow participants space, time, and a framework to deepen their connection to the natural world. This walking workshop will show how to design these experiences for your students or clients through a first-hand, fun experience!
Residing in Winnipeg, Barret is FortWhyte Alive's Special Projects Interpreter, and EECOM board member. He uses his background in psychology and ecology to plan and leads field programming, teacher professional development in outdoor learning and ESD, and is committed to nibbling every wild edible plant Manitoba has to offer.
Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Explore, Snap, Record: : Learn about using a Bioblitz to engage students and reconnect them to their local natural environment.

Susan Gass Emmerson 209

A bioblitz is a rapid survey of organisms in a local area. It can be used to engage students in learning about the natural environment. Participants will mimic activities used in traditional bioblitzes including learning taxonomy and the use of the mobile app iNaturlist.ca for data collection.
Lara Gibson (MSc Dalhousie University) is an Instructor in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University. She oversees the preparation and delivery of the laboratory content of Animal Diversity and Plant and Microorganism Diversity.

Susan Gass (PhD Open University, UK) is a Senior Instructor in Environmental Science at Dalhousie University.
Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Re-Connecting with Nature

The Power of Outdoor Play- Learning from Forest Kindergartens

Amanda Bostlund Irving Classroom

Discover the power of the outdoors for the health, happiness and resilience of children!Part1- A presentation about recent experiences visiting Danish forest kindergartens and about outdoor pedagogy. Part2- A workshop outside, where we'll have fun actively experiencing our natural surroundings and discuss facilitating outdoor free play and nature connection.
Amanda Bostlund is the founder of Open Air Learning which exists to inspire children's natural curiosity and wonder through experiential, nature-based fun, connection, and intrigue. Open Air forest kindergarten takes place on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Amanda is passionate about playing and learning in nature, permaculture and well-being.
Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Re-Connecting with Nature, Elementary Education

Shoreline Cleanups, an outdoor classroom for everyone

Susan Debreceni Meet at Yurt

Have you ever thought of a shoreline as a classroom? Join staff from the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup for a quick cleanup of the nearby campus to learn first-hand just how educational they can be. Shoreline cleanups are for everyone; anywhere land meets water, any time of the year.
Susan is the Outreach Specialist for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, proudly supporting a national network of volunteers for more than 10 years. Environmental stewardship has always been an important part of her life and it is a true pleasure to empower dedicated volunteers from coast to coast to coast.
Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Sustainable Communities, Oceans & Water

Quest for Knowledge in the Great Outdoors

Sarah Leah Hindy Seminary 242

Outdoor education provides a unique opportunity for diverse learners to foster a deep respect for Mother Earth through hands-on learning in the natural environment. This workshop entails a brief description of our program followed by two sample lessons.
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Sun 9:00 - 10:30am
Indigenous Perspectives

9:00 - 9:40am

Inclusive Experiences in Environmental Education

Brendan Loughnane Patterson 206

This presentation will highlight some of the unique challenges and solutions when planning for and delivering a program that is inclusive and accessible to special populations. As more programs are expanding their reach, our sector must also adapt to ensure all children and youth can participate in environment education.
Brendan Loughnane is the Off Season Coordinator at Brigadoon Village and has worked with various camps including Brigadoon and Tim Horton's Camp. Brendan has a diploma in recreation from NSCC and is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds get into nature.
Sun 9:00 - 9:40am
Outdoor Active Living

Plants for People and the Planet

Melanie Priesnitz Seminary 229

Plants are essential to life. They give us food, shelter, clothing and clean air. Preservation of plants is crucial to people and our planet yet we take them for granted. This workshop will help connect people to plants and remind educators how simple it is to make plant connections.
Melanie Priesnitz is the Conservation Horticulturist at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Melanie is passionate about plants, people and the environment. She holds a diploma in Landscape Horticulture, certificates in Applied Plant Conservation and Organic Soil Management. Melanie has been cultivating the native plants at Acadia since 2000.
Sun 9:00 - 9:40am
Re-Connecting with Nature

Enabling a transition towards a less pesticide-reliant agricultural production with Central American small-scale farmers: Successes and enduring challenges

Laura Sims Patterson 308

This presentation presents results from a qualitative case study examining learning through participation in CIDA's "Community-based pest management in Central American agriculture" project. The learning process, involving international university collaborators and rural participants, is analyzed particularly relating to cultural context, collective action, and sustainability. Practical and policy implications are discussed.
Laura Sims, Ph.D. teaches in the Faculty of Education, Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg. She specializes in education for sustainability and community-based assessment processes. Laura taught high school for 10 years in Winnipeg and in the Dominican Republic. For six years she worked with a CIDA environmental project in Central America.
Sun 9:00 - 9:20am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development

A citizen jury & deliberative exercise on energy futures: Engaging and educating citizens

Tom Beckley Patterson 308

I will describe a hybrid engagement tool that was used to educate both citizens and policy makers on future preferences for electric energy generation in New Brunswick. The public event involved citizen volunteers learning, responding to surveys and deliberatingon New Brunswick's 2040 electrical energy supply.
Dr. Tom Beckley is a professor in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. His expertise is in community capacity, public engagement, sustainability indicators, stewardship and social dimensions of energy.
Sun 9:25 - 9:45am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education), Energy

The Relationship between Environment Health and Human Health: Focus on Schools

Karen Robinson Patterson 107

Nova Scotia has led the way in providing healthier school environments while also helping to reduce pollution that harms Mother Earth. The presentation will demonstrate practical tools for school communities to improve products, practices and building operation to achieve short-and long-term health, education and environmental benefits.
Karen Robinson, BSc, BEd, BFA, (Acadia University) is President and CEO of Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment (CASLE), a national registered charity. www.casle.ca. Robinson is a skilled professional and award-winning pioneer in the field of environment and health, and in the design, construction and operation of healthy new schools.
Sun 9:25 - 9:45am
Sustainable Communities

9:50 - 10:30am

Giving Youth a Voice - Youth Environmental Action Network

Pascale Lea Ouellette Patterson 206

How do we engage the leaders of tomorrow towards the issues of today? Enable them to be catalysts of change? Start by giving youth a voice! The Youth Environmental Action Network is a network of youth groups, high schools and university's that provides an outlet for collaboration throughout the province.
Pascale is the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the New Brunswick Environmental Network. As a past member of the Youth Environmental Action Network, Pascale brings a unique perspective now being its coordinator. Pascale has a BSc in Biology from UNB and is passionate about environmental issues throughout the province.
Sun 9:50 - 10:30am
Sustainable Communities

Developing a Vermicomposting Program

Kirk Symonds Seminary 229

This workshop will explore how vermicomposting can be used as an educational tool to introduce the public (students and businesses included) to making their own compost.
Kirk Symonds has been the Regional Educator for Region 6 Solid Waste Management. Through his work Kirk has set up over 200 vermicomposting bin in schools, businesses and homes. Region 6 Solid Waste Management won a Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence for their Composting At Home Project.
Sun 9:50 - 10:30am
Big Four (Food, Water, Waste & Energy Education)

Local Communities' Responses to a Co-Constructed Waste Education Programme in Sabah, Malaysia

Susan Pudin Patterson 308

This paper presents findings from a PhD study conducted in Sabah, Malaysia on co-constructing an environmental education programme for waste management with communities. Their responses are discussed based on usefulness of the programme, inconsistency of ideas, creating a social movement, lack of leadership, lack of services and challenges of change.
Susan Pudin completed her PhD in the University of Waikato, New Zealand with her thesis entitled “Development of an environmental education programme for waste management with local communities in Sabah, Malaysia“. She is now heading the Studies and Information Management Division of the Environment Protection Department, Sabah, Malaysia.
Sun 9:50 - 10:30am
Sustainable Communities

Uncommon Common Art in Kings County: a healthy co-dependency

Jessica Winton Patterson 107

A guided overview of this unique annual outdoor art exhibition, which occurs with varied artistic approaches in a multitude of locales. The UCA Project has become enmeshed in the psyche of the county, representing a social and environmental collaborative project, supported by local artists, businesses and councils of the region.
Sun 9:50 - 10:10am
Sustainable Communities

Cultivating Mature Hope in a Climate of Change

Gina Patterson Patterson 107

This session provides a unique, accessible discipline to help us navigate the fear of climate change. We will explore the concept of mature hope, contending that it is as important to the global transformation as cleantech, green finance and policy, and the key roles for children, and elders.
A director at Clean Foundation, Gina is a hub of relationship building, strategy and creativity in her field. From the Paris Climate Conference to the TEDx stage, she has 12 years of experience in environmental education and program design, focusing on carbon mitigation, youth engagement and the green economy.
Sun 10:10 - 10:30am
Research, Policy and Organizational Development, Adult, Community & Post-Secondary Education, Parks & Interpretation, Waste Education

Playing Naturally: A Cape Breton Naturalized Playground Case Study

Catalina Belalcazar Patterson 308

Transforming schoolyards into naturalized areas enhances play and nature connection, increases repertoires of outdoor activities, and promotes resilience. Employing photovoice and conversational interviews, this study examines children's perceptions pre- and post- playground naturalization at their elementary school. Emergent themes from data analysis (Charmaz, 2006) include: imagination; curiosity; nature-connection; physicality; place.
Catalina Belalcazar, 4th year Bachelor of Arts Community Studies student, CBU (corresponding author)
Dr. Emily Root, Assistant Professor, Community Studies & Sport and Physical Activity Leadership, CBU
Dr. Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor, Education, CBU
Dr. Bettina Callary, Assistant Professor, Community Studies & Sport and Physical Activity Leadership, CBU
Sun 10:10 - 10:30am
Sustainable Communities, Recreation & Health

Updates

  • Do you have ideas or work to share on how innovative learning inspires connection to nature, more sustainable lifestyles, resilient communities and/or a life-giving planet? You are invited to propose a workshop or presentation proposal for the SEE Change conference in May 2017. The conference is a partnership of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education […]

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