Workshop Schedule & Descriptions
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!
Friday 19 May 2017
8:45 am - 10:20 am 2-A
Children, Nature & Technology - being tech-savvy, healthy and mindfully connected in the digital age
Kerry CroftonIrving 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.
Exploring the Unknown: Underwater Observatories and Online Data Tools for Marine Science Teaching and Research
Dwight OwensCarnegie 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.
Financing the Future: Investing in Sustainable Community Projects
Heather GordonSeminary 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.
Mother Nature's Book
Emile Gauthreau & Louise GoodwinMeet 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.
Sharks and Rays - Environmental Education through games
Anika RiopelCarnegie 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.
Sustainability Learning Pathways in Teacher Education
Patrick Robertson, Bruce Ford & Robert VanWynsbergheIrving Auditorium
There is a growing support for teacher education with a strong emphasis on sustainability. This session explores ‘Sustainability Learning Pathways’ in Teacher Education Programs across Canada. Join this round table dialogue to highlight successes, explore challenges and build strategies for enhanced collaboration to support teacher education with sustainability as a mainstream focus.
Uncommon Common Art - Assemblage Art in Nature
Terry DrahosOutdoor Lawn
8:45 am - 9:30 am 2-A-1
Build Your Energy System Challenge
Jason ArmstrongEmmerson 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.
Holistic Education in Grades 4-8
Tim GrantEmmerson 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.
Sorting It Out: Solid Waste-Based Curriculum Resources for In-Class Educators
Chloe KennedySeminary 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.
We Built It.......And People Keep Coming!
Alice PowerPatterson 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.
Talking Climate Change with Kids: Best Practices for Elementary Students
Shannon HardingPatterson 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.
The small and the tiny: Children's relationship with insects
Elizabeth BoileauPatterson 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.
Breaking Climate Change Paralysis Through Participatory Photography
Heather RussekPatterson 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.
Whittling Away Environmental Disconnection
Steve AbbottPatterson 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.
Investigating the Effect of Nature Related Routines on Preschool Children's Affinity to Nature at Halifax Childrens' Centres
Nazanin OmidvarPatterson 308
Great Fish: Mobilizing Communities Through a Delectable Dialogue on the Value of Fish for Food Security
Kim OlsonPatterson 316
Food security is a growing concern in Newfoundland and Labrador, a province renowned for fish. The Great Fish for a Change Initiative, and coinciding Great Fish Recipe Challenge, have been developed to facilitate a much-needed dialogue about the value of fish for food security in small outport communities across the province.
The Sustainability and Education Policy Network: Learning from a pan-Canadian project
Adam YoungPatterson 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.
9:35 am - 10:20 am 2-A-2
Connecting Conservation Efforts Across Canada
Merebeth SwitzerEmmerson 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.
Planet Protectors: Using Waste Management Facilities for Innovative Learning Experiences
Andrea Gibson GarrettSeminary 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.
Teaching about Invasive Species
Tim GrantEmmerson 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.
Weaving Environmental Education into 21st Century Learning Competencies
Elizabeth JardinePatterson 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.
Spiritual Retreat Centres: Their Potential Role in Reconnecting Us with Nature
Janet GroenPatterson 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.
Energy and Climate Change Literacy in New Brunswick: No where to go but up
Louise ComeauPatterson 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.
The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network: Building an outdoor culture in NS
Heather KeldayPatterson 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.
A citizen science water monitoring project: an environmental education opportunity from university campus to community school.
Irene MullerPatterson 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.
Activism or brainwashing? A study of teachers' efforts to mitigate allegations of indoctrination while teaching 'for' the environment
Margaux BrownPatterson 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.
Bring Back the Boreal: Engaging Canadians in a Parks Canada forest restoration project
Nadine LefortPatterson 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.
1:15 pm - 4:15 pm 2-P
Great Minds Think Outside / Les grands penseurs se rencontrent dehors
Pascale OuelletteMeet 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.
Green Rights: Law, Journalism and Education in a Post-Truth World
Silver Donald CameronIrving 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.
Learning from Mosses: Lessons from the Small and Green
Robin Wall KimmererEmerson 201
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.
Mast Outdoor Leadership with the Nova Scotia Sea School
Heather KeldayCourtyard Fountain
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.
Photovoice: Using storytelling in evaluation
Miranda CobbIrving 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.
There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather - Only Poor Clothing
Laura MolyneuxIrving 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'"
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm 2-P-1
Cultivating ecological self: Inspiring educators to integrate teaching into nature
Eric WindhorstPatterson 308
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.
Discover what's growing at the Botanical Gardens!
Take a guided tour of the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens with Conservation Horticulturalist, Melanie Priesnitz. Meet a wide variety of plants native to the Acadian Forest ranging from butternut trees to trilliums. Stroll through a bog, marsh, sand barren, deciduous and coniferous woodland all within the 6 acre planted garden and learn about the conservation research happening at the K.C Irving Environmental Science Centre.
Environmental Visualizations and Science in a Box!
Tracy WebbSeminary 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!
Investigating Amazing Aquatic Life
Katie ScottSeminary 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.
Respectfully Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Environmental Education
Alanna SyliboyPatterson 107
Songs for Environmental Education Sharing Circle
Remy RoddenCarnegie 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.
The Politics of Fair Trade
Joey PittoelloPatterson 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.
Trailblazers: Key Ingredients for Successful Outdoor Afterschool Play
Britt Vegsund & Cate de VreedeEmmerson 209
Have you heard the word Trailblazers being tossed around, but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Come and learn more about the outdoor, afterschool program that is making tracks across Nova Scotia!
In this interactive seminar, we’ll;
- share stories from Trailblazer programs across the province.
- unpack the key ingredients you need to make Trailblazers a success.
Resources will be provided so that you can take Trailblazers home to your community.
Weaving together key learning strategies to create a more just and environmental fabric of society
Laura SimsPatterson 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.
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 2-P-2
Community Engagement for Local Energy Resilience
Leon de VreedeCarnegie 203
Over the past 8 years Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, has developed a reputation for demonstrating how municipalities can maximize local sustainability efforts. The forward-thinking town has now set its sights on an ambitious, game-changing goal: a transformation toward a completely fossil fuel free future. The key to "fuelling" the change: framing the transition not as a cost and a burden, but as an unparalleled opportunity for renewed investment in the local economy. The initiative’s name says it all: “Energize Bridgewater”. But how can one even begin engaging the community in such a visionary and far-reaching project? The initiative’s extensive engagement and education program is its very foundation and the key to its success. Learn what it takes to mobilize an entire community, and how best practices in culture and behavior change are being employed on the individual, organizational, and community levels.
Discovering the Soil Beneath your Feet
Tamara SealySeminary 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.
Exploring Reconciliation Through Environmental Education
Haley HigdonPatterson 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.
Exploring the Key ingredients for successful empowering youth leadership programs
Bruce FordEmmerson 209
Storytelling As a Way of Knowing
Shalan JoudryPatterson 107
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.
The Stella Bowles story: How a young girl is saving the Lahave River and how we can encourage more young leaders
Clare KellockPatterson 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.
Olga Lucia Torres, Colleen Freake & Shandel BrownSeminary 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!
WILD Spaces: how to transform any space into a wildlife-friendly garden
Melissa LefebvrePatterson 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!
Saturday 20 May 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm 3-A
A is for Adventure
Jan Sebastian LaPierre & Chris SuretteOutdoor Lawn (Rain Location: Irving Auditorium)
EECOM National Partnership Dialogue
Bruce FordIrving Classroom
This is a dialogue session to discuss strategies to strengthen national and interprovincial organizational networks for environmental education.
Hands-on Water Education with Project WET
Heather MurraySeminary 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!
Honouring the Complexities of our Relationships with Place and Indigeneity Through Creative Inquiry
Margaret McKeonEmmerson 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.
Walking the Wild Curriculum: Steps to Becoming an Eco-pedagogue
Hilary LeightonCarnegie 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.
10:30 am - 11:10 am 3-A-1
Learning through Outdoor Games
Tim GrantEmmerson 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.
Recipe for a Dynamic Kids' Nature Camp
Laura TempleCarnegie 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.
Sharing Innovative Ideas and Curriculum for Waste Management Education
Andrew GarrettCarnegie 207
Engaging Communities in Renewable Energy Development
John ColtonPatterson 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.
Opportunities for improving human and ecosystem health through recreation in nature
Penelope KuhnPatterson 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.
Engaging Communities in Nature
Jennifer WhitePatterson 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.
Bringing together Eco-Tourism and Ocean Conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador
Hillary WainwrightPatterson 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.
Integrating Traditional Knowledge into Youth Internships
Morgan BookPatterson 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.
Relationality and Intersubjectivity in Children and Youth Garden Spaces
Janet McVittiePatterson 308
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.
Liability Issues in Outdoor Learning
Peter L’EsperancePatterson 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.
Envirothon: Fostering Youth Engagement in Local Environmental Issues
Brenna ReynoldsPatterson 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.
11:20 am - 12:00 pm 3-A-2
Opportunity Knocks! Start-up Environmental and Arts Learning Centres
Kim ThompsonPatterson 308
Learning centres can come up in all shapes and sizes - they have tremendous potential to strengthen our communities by creating "cultures of care" that tap into the abundant human and natural resources around us. These energy hubs build skills, and strengthen our connections to the environment, each other, and our economies. This workshop will share the journey and learnings of the Deanery Project, an environmental, arts and education centre on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. It will also explore how others might embark on similar initiatives in their own communities.
Reconnecting through the Hourglass: Insights about Songwriting as a Basis for Sustainability Education
Glenn SutterCarnegie 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!
Sorting it out: On the path to a zero waste Farmers' Market
Mary SweatmanCarnegie 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.
Teaching the Greatest Challenge of Them All: Climate Change
Tim GrantEmmerson 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.
Community Partnerships for Education, Vitality and Fun
Kathy SnowPatterson 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.
Critical Cohorts and Key Partners in the World of Waste
Sharon LeBlancPatterson 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".
Stormwater in Atlantic Canada- a case study on the need for effective public education
Camilla MelrosePatterson 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.
Adapting through Education: Exploring strategies for educating community organizations about climate change
Adam CheesemanPatterson 206
Drawing on lessons learned from an ongoing climate change collaborative adaptation project in Maritime Canada, this presentation will reflect on the importance of adapting messages when educating different community groups about the concept of climate change.
Fanning the Spark: The end as just the beginning
Jennifer WilliamsPatterson 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.
Creating big waves with small actions
Magali GregoirePatterson 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.
1:15 pm - 2:35 pm 3-P-1
Closing a Mine and Reclaiming the Land
Julie LépineCarnegie 207
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.
Connecting Kids to the Natural World through Nature-Character Development
Kari RiddellSeminary 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.
Creative ways to support education...just add beer, pizza, coffee, and solar panels?!
Heather ReidCarnegie 203
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!
Enviroventure: An integrated model for lasting Environmental Education
Mark GaynikPatterson 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".
From Nature to Curriculum through Transformative Learning
Haley HigdonCarnegie 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.
Loose Parts Adventure Play
Jacqueline WhelanSeminary 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.
Alanna SyliboyPatterson 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"
Planning for change: Development of the Blue Route Cycling Network in Nova Scotia
Ben BuckwoldPatterson 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.
Reconnecting with Nature 2.0 Inside of Natures Edges
George TaylorOutdoor 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.
Rethinking Waste - A Holistic Approach
Marcus GoodickEmmerson 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.
Telling your story: how you can become your own media through content marketing
Sean KellyEmmerson 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.
The Nature Playbook: Take Action to Connect a New Generation with Nature
George WoodhousePatterson 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.
Time to Play a film followed by a discussion with the film maker
Kim HunterIrving Auditorium
Time to Play is a wonderful 45 minute documentary film which considers many pressing issues of early childhood.
Wild about Nature— Catchy Tunes for Kids of All Ages
Ashley MoffatMeet 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.
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm 3-P-2
A Story Worth Telling: How to Market Truly Sustainable Seafood
Justin CantafioPatterson 308
Afishionado believes that truly sustainable seafood has a story worth telling. From owner operator hook and line fishers, to land-raised recirculating aquaculture facilities, to family-owned oyster lots--these community-based producers work on the small scale and generate more economic activity than their industrial counterparts. There story is worth telling. But how do we sell this type of seafood, educate, and increase demand? Through exclusive sourcing practices, full boat-to-plate traceability, storytelling, and a multi-market segment approach, Afishionado is changing the way we buy and relate to seafood, right here in the Maritimes. Join this workshop for an intimate look into the world of sustainable seafood marketing, storytelling, and sales.
Canadians Pull Together for Ocean Literacy in CaNOE
Heather MurrayPatterson 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.
Cultural Interpretations of Ecological Identity
Betsy JardineIrving Acadia Room
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.
Découvrir la mémoire du sol - aménagement écologique aux écoles et dans la communauté
Serge LaRochelleSeminary 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.
Humility: An Acknowledgement to Learning in Alternative Contexts
Shane TheunissenEmmerson 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"
Migration Education: Using Technology to Engage Students in Bird Science and Conservation
Liza BarneySeminary 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.
Music as a Tool for Environmental Education and Advocacy
Jennifer PublicoverIrving Classrom
Our study explored the parameters of using music as a tool to encourage pro-environmental thoughts and behaviours, as well as the challenges of engaging with environmental issues as a professional musician, through interviews with a cohort of musicians associated with the David Suzuki Foundation's "Playlist for the Planet."
Teaching climate change in innovative ways with unusual partners
Jason ArmstrongIrving 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.
Teaching with porpoise: Using immersive outdoor marine mammal education to teach biological research skills, environmental conservation and stewardship.
Brenna FrasierCarnegie 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.
The Arctic Sea Ice Educational Package
Evan WarnerEmmerson 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.
Transforming School Yards as Outdoor Learning Spaces
Paula MurphyCarnegie 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.
Transitioning to Resilient, Adaptable and Sustainable Local Economies
Robert CervelliCarnegie 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.
Watch for Wildlife NS - wildlife vehicle collision prevention and the role for citizen science.
Wanda BaxterPatterson 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.
Youth Leadership and H.E.A.T. Youth Action Team
Cole GrabinskyPatterson 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.
Sunday 21 May 2017
9:00 am - 10:30 am 4-A
Explore, Snap, Record: : Learn about using a Bioblitz to engage students and reconnect them to their local natural environment.
Susan GassEmmerson 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.
MindShift: Youth shifting our culture towards environmental sustainability. The how to" of making this program happen and the effects on youth leaders.""indShift: Youth shifting our culture towards environmental sustainabili"
Sarah ColeyEmmerson 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.
Quest for Knowledge in the Great Outdoors
Sarah Leah HindySeminary 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.
Shoreline Cleanups, an outdoor classroom for everyone
Susan DebreceniMeet 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.
The Power of Outdoor Play- Learning from Forest Kindergartens
Amanda BostlundIrving 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.
Upping The Intent-sity: why intentional design in outdoor experiences matters
Barret MillerOutdoor 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!
9:00 am - 9:40 am 4-A-1
Inclusive Experiences in Environmental Education
Brendan LoughnanePatterson 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.
Plants for People and the Planet
Melanie PriesnitzSeminary 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.
The Relationship between Environment Health and Human Health: Focus on Schools
Karen RobinsonPatterson 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.
Enabling a transition towards a less pesticide-reliant agricultural production with Central American small-scale farmers: Successes and enduring challenges
Laura SimsPatterson 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.
A citizen jury & deliberative exercise on energy futures: Engaging and educating citizens
Tom BeckleyPatterson 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.
9:50 am - 10:30 am 4-A-2
Developing a Vermicomposting Program
Kirk SymondsPatterson 206
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.
Giving Youth a Voice - Youth Environmental Action Network
Pascale Lea OuelletteSeminary 229
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.
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Uncommon Common Art in Kings County: a healthy co-dependency
Jessica WintonPatterson 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.
Cultivating Mature Hope in a Climate of Change
Gina PattersonPatterson 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.
Local Communities' Responses to a Co-Constructed Waste Education Programme in Sabah, Malaysia
Susan PudinPatterson 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.
Playing Naturally: A Cape Breton Naturalized Playground Case Study
Catalina Belalcazar, Emily Root, Kathy Snow & Bettina CallaryPatterson 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.