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Clean Foundation

Clean Foundation’s EnviroEd program brings a team of environmental superheroes, puppets and scientists to inspire kids and teens of all ages to become advocates for a sustainable future - a future that will be in their hands.

Younger children engage with interactive, puppet-centered theatre presentations, where humour, rhymes, and songs give them the tools and confidence to make a difference in their world. Clean Water and Clean Energy Schools give teachers and older children hands-on opportunities to explore innovative technologies and the impact their choices can make on the climate change challenge.

EnviroEd is much more than a special guest parachuting into a classroom – we challenge thousands of students every year to be true changemakers.

Not in Nova Scotia? Kids all over the world can play SuperEddie’s online enviro games on the computer or on mobile devices – just search “EnviroEddie: Air” in the google play or Apple app store. It’s a great resource for young children, families and teachers looking to explore the impacts of varying air quality and to introduce renewable energy sources to children’s lives – click here to learn more. (Coming soon in French!)

Educators, subscribe to our newsletter to stay in touch with Clean EnviroEd!


EECOM Reconciliation Committee

EECOM is forming a committee that seeks to provoke reconsideration of what it means for us to be outdoor/environmental educators and do outdoor/environmental education on Indigenous lands, especially in light of the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations on education.

With a nation-wide focus, we hope this committee will create community with others engaged in this work, to share stories of best practice, strategize, vision and help each other to create change. We are looking for tangible outcomes of our coming together - ideas so far include written publication, surveys, regional or national gatherings in person and webinars. As EECOM board members hosting this committee, we’re looking also to be guided for our own internal organizational change by critical creative conversations and learning from the examples of others.

Want to be involved? 

Those interested may be in programming, school, parks, academic settings, etc. Add your name and email address to this form to keep updated on progress of the committee, and possibly be contacted for participation in a particular project. You might to also join the working committee if you are able to commit time in the coming year to do organizing. This is a committee of both EECOM board members and non-board members that will plan and host ways to gather folks and other projects.

The committee's work ties into the upcoming EECOM 2018 Classroom to Communities conference taking place at St. Eugene Mission Resort, the site of a former residential school that is now owned and operated by the Ktunaxa First Nation as a vehicle for education, reconciliation and economic development.

Click here to sign up.


Natural Curiosity

2nd Edition: A Resource for Educators
The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry

This resource offers educators a powerful way to engage their students in learning about their world. It provides a framework for environmental inquiry shaped by students’ questions and theories – their natural curiosity – as they explore their environment. The framework encourages educators to find their own ways to build upon children’s sense of wonder and to create a culture of community learning that is purposeful, responsive, and deeply engaging.

The second edition of Natural Curiosity supports a stronger awareness of Indigenous approaches to environmental learning. It offers an encounter with Indigenous perspectives that challenge us to think in very different ways about our place in the world. The Indigenous lens in this edition provides a starting point in a conversation that opens educators’ eyes to Indigenous perspectives as their students build lasting connections with the natural world.

New in the Second Edition:
• Revision of the four branches of environmental inquiry
• An Indigenous lens on environmental inquiry
• 15 new educator stories

It is now available to preorder. Click here for more information or to preorder. 


Earth Rangers

Earth Rangers is the kids’ conservation organization, dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviours, and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.

With over 160,000 young members across the country in every province and territory, Earth Rangers is the largest conservation organization in the country by membership and the only environmental organization of their size, focused specifically on children and their families.  As members, children engage in fundraising activities for species conservation and participate in activities called Missions, like organizing shoreline clean-ups, planting pollinator gardens and conducting energy and waste audits at home.

Earth Rangers also visits over 850 elementary schools each year across Canada with an educational and inspiring live animal presentation about biodiversity and conservation in Canada.

This summer, Earth Rangers is celebrating Canada 150 with a new Mission and Bring Back the Wild Project to protect Moose.  To get involved visit www.earthrangers.com/canada150

For more information on Earth Rangers visit www.earthrangers.org

 


Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)

Established in 2014, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) provides a forum for learning, discussing, and sharing ocean literacy in Canada. Simply put, ocean literacy means understanding the ocean and our relationship with it. By bringing educators, scientists, citizens and institutions together, CaNOE hopes to create momentum that will increase regional and national understanding of the value of our ocean, and help Canada keep pace with international efforts in ocean literacy.

Enjoy their short (50 sec) video!

CaNOE produces "SPLASHmail" a monthly newsletter filled with "events, news and views for the ocean-minded." The newsletter includes a teaser about the monthly blog post featured on their website, as well as member spotlights, and updates on new ocean discoveries and other work being done by the organization.

CaNOE is a non-profit society and completely volunteer organization at this time. Members have roles with the Board of Directors and working groups that manage strategic planning, communications, education and outreach. CaNOE is continually growing and is building more and more capacity to move ocean literacy initiatives forward in Canada. Last month, CaNOE gained 89 new members during their Love Your Ocean membership drive through outreach initiatives on their Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as in-person at a Blue Drinks event in Victoria, BC.

CaNOE Directors Heather Murray, Dave Semeniuk, Kayla Glynn, and Anne Stewart enjoy a "blue" drink together in Victoria! 

In the summer of 2016, CaNOE held their 2nd Ocean Literacy Conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where author and marine educator Dr. Elin Kelsey gave a free public keynote on ‘Ocean Optimism, the year’s conference theme. CaNOE is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming EECOM See Change Conference in NS this May, and is planning their own conference for 2018 - stay tuned for more details!

Beginning of the Open Space Session at the 2016 Conference  (Photo: Lucija Prelovec)

Board members also occasionally do CaNOE outreach at other conferences. Last year, board member Sonya Lee represented CaNOE at the EMSEA conference in Europe by presenting a poster about the organization, and Sam Andrews and Kat Middleton ran a facilitated discussion at the Oceans Online Symposium in Newfoundland.

Want to get involved with ocean education and outreach going on in our coastal nation? Join CaNOE in charting a course towards a sustainable future for Canadians, a future that includes healthy oceans.


Green Teacher

Green Teacher is a non-profit organization based in Toronto dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19.

Their quarterly Green Teacher magazine offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future, practical articles and ready to use activities for various age levels, and reviews of dozens of new educational resources. You can subscribe to Green Teacher and get great kid-tested ideas for fostering learning and inspiring action on environmental and other global issues. Find out more here: http://greenteacher.com/magazine

This year, EECOM and Green Teacher are partnering with 10 other Canadian environmental learning organizations from coast to coast to host a series of webinars. To find out more go to: http://eecom.org/webinars

Tim Grant, Editor of Green Teacher at EECOM's 2016 National Leadership Summit


New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN)

nblogoBasking in the sunlight this month is the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN), one of the few remaining provincial networks under the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN). The network links over 100 non-profit environmental organizations from all across the province to improve communication, strengthen the environmental movement, and to collaboratively advance work on a variety of environmental issues such as biodiversity, climate adaptation, children’s environmental health, sustainability education, shale gas, watersheds, crown lands and more.

The NBEN organizes frequent conferences and workshops on those topics. With regards to environmental education, a fantastic program was launched last year. Great Minds Think Outside is an outdoor, curriculum-linked professional development program for teachers and educators to give them the tools they need to incorporate nature into their teaching methods. Visit www.nben.ca for more information on any of these projects.

Oh, and the NBEN is also celebrating their 25th anniversary. Happy birthday!

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In the EE (energy efficient!) Spotlight: Let's Talk Energy

In the spotlight this month is Let’s Talk Energy, an education initiative run by the Canada Science and Technology Museum that strives to enhance energy and climate awareness among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future.

They are in advanced planning for Talk Energy Week 2017, which will happen from February 18-25th 2017.  In partnership with Museums across the country, they will provide programming materials on the topic of electrifying the transportation sector.  For high schools, they are working with Canadian Geographic to develop a series of infographics and lesson plans focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation.  There are also plans for speaker series for schools – if you are interested in free programming or lesson plans, please get in touch.  Jtboutin@techno-science.ca

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Their travelling exhibition “Climate Change is Here…” produced in partnership with National Geographic  just arrived in Mexico city for the Green Expo, and a second copy will accompany the Canadian delegation to Marrakesh for COP 22 in November.  Planning is underway for a second photo exhibition for late spring 2017.

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Finally we are working with Will Gadd, world champion ice climber, to produce a series of videos in the Columbia Icefields.  Videos will showcase the impact climate change is having in places close to home.  They will be released in early 2017, stay tuned!

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Website: Letstalkenergy.ca

Twitter: @enertweets

Instagram: letstalkenergy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalkEnergy.Parlonsenergie


In the Spotlight: Environmental Education Association of the Yukon

You don’t have to be big to be successful in fostering EE in your community! Bringing together people with the common interest of promoting and encouraging environmental education—and to have fun—are the key goals for this long-running organization in Canada’s North.

The group was formed in the early ‘90s by a group of keen teachers and informal educators who felt a need to share their successes, resources and build networks. By becoming a registered non-profit society, EEAY has been able to receive funds for a number of projects proposed by members including: a Student Environmental Action Program, a circumpolar Northern Forum Youth Forum, the Yukon Envirothon, and hosting the 2001 EECOM conference. And yet, the association remains quite informal and collegial. Regular sharing meetings are complemented by potluck dinners for the sharing of good local food and drink, ideas, activities and laughs.

Click here to check out EEAY's website. Some key organizational members include Environment Yukon, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, CPAWS Yukon, the Yukon Conservation Society and Rivers to Ridges.

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In the Spotlight: International Peace Garden

The International Peace Garden is a 9.5 km2 park located on the international border between Canada and the United States, in the state of North Dakota and the province of Manitoba. It was established on July 14, 1932, as a symbol of the peaceful relationship between the two nations. The legend "Peace Garden State" was added to vehicle registration plates of North Dakota in 1956, and adopted by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly in 1957 as the official state nickname.

The park lies near the center of the Turtle Mountain plateau. The climate, topography, wildlife, and natural vegetation differ considerably from the surrounding prairies. Wildflowers, pristine lakes and over one hundred species of songbirds are permanent residents of the Peace Garden. The garden is a valued quiet place for photographers to capture nature’s wildlife and beauty in all seasons. The park plants over 150,000 flowers each year. Main features of the garden include a 5.5 m floral clock display, fountains, a chime, and twin 37 m concrete towers straddling the border with a peace chapel at their base. The chapel walls are inscribed with notable quotes about peace. 

The Burdick Perfoming Arts Centre (image below) will be "Centre Stage" to main events at EECOM 2016. Built to showcase performances by teachers, students, and guests at the International Music Camp, the Centre holds over 500 and the stage brings out the best in all who get up to perform. The EECOM Board tested the versatility of the Burdick Centre - and your ability to discern the acronym they created at a Board retreat at the International Peace Garden last November. They came to the Turtle Mountains just after Remembrance Day and brought beautiful weather with them. They have promised to do the same for EECOM 2016 - August 25 to 28.

EECOM on Stage

Click here for a map of the International Peace Garden.

Click here for accommodation options. 

Click here to register for the 2016 National EE Conference at the International Peace Garden.