Imaginative Learning with the Environmental Youth Alliance: A Program Story

(Photo: Seed Generation Youth pose in the salmon shaped garden bed they created, with guest facilitator, Indigenous Elder and medicinal plant expert, Lori Snyder.) “What makes me really happy is I now have more hope; I now know that I can take care of nature even when you are in the city. The [EYA] youth […]

Imagining Our Way Into The Lives of Other Beings in Our Ecosystems

By Zuzana Vasko (PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University; Artist) For me, one of the great values of imagination is that it affords us the ability to empathise with others.  It is a feat of imagination, after all, to understand what it might be like to be in the situation of another, to feel […]

#185DaysOfWalks

By Bela Luis (Grade 1/2 Multi-age Teacher, MEd student in Outdoor Learning) In the spring of 2017, I visited a small school named Brandt Argyle, just north of Winnipeg, Canada. I took many lessons away from that visit, but the one that resonated with me most was that of their daily morning walks. I decided […]

Naturally Inspired, Imaginative Writing: The Walking Curriculum & Intermediate Students

By Darcie Booth (Grade 5 Teacher/MEd Student in Imaginative Education) Why should intermediate teachers use the Walking Curriculum (Judson, 2018)? Simply stated, it emotionally connects your students to their natural surroundings and awakens their imaginations. The Walking Curriculum can inspire, improve and increase written output for your students’ creative writing. As a Grade 5 classroom […]

An Impact Story: Environmental Youth Alliance

By Emily Keller (Executive Director, Environmental Youth Alliance) “My favourite bird is an eagle, I’m seventeen, and I’m from the Siksika Nation in Alberta.” That’s Aviva Davis, a student at Cedar Walk alternate school. She’s also a participant in Wildlife Stewards, a new EYA pilot program engaging 10 Indigenous youth-in-care, their teacher, and two youth […]