SLAM & The Story Of The Ancient Squash Seeds

By Christina Tran and Tye G. McIvor SLAM is the Sustainable Living Academy Manitoba program offered at West Kildonan Collegiate in the Seven Oaks School Division, in Manitoba, Canada. In SLAM our goal is to learn and become leaders of a sustainable future in all aspects. This means environmentally and culturally. As students, we worked […]

Puddles And Biodiversity

By Chris Sweetman (Ecological Educator & Navigator Wannabe, UK)  On today’s walk I decided it would be a slow journey exploring the delights of Autumn – leaves, berries and puddles. For some reason as I wandered along pausing to take photographs my thoughts began to wonder what could live in these puddles. After watching The […]

Walking, Wonder, & Writing: Supporting Literacy Through Imaginative Place-Based Practices (Elementary)

Everything has a story. It was a glorious day—truly glorious. I had a sneaking suspicion that the teachers that chose my session entitled #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard shared the same wish: they really wanted to #getoutside as well! This walkshop provided participants with the opportunity to play with some imagination-focused place-based teaching […]

Deep Time Walk: A Powerful Tool To Connect With Life’s Story

“Walking… is how the body measures itself against the Earth”. (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking) By Denise Curi Although I have a strong background in Science, since I have started practicing Yoga I have been looking for a more integrated and holistic approach to education, a way that does not separate body from head, […]

A Conversation Circle: Working With Our Hands & Engaging In Dialogue #WEEC2017

The last two days I attended and presented at the 9th Annual World Environmental Education Conference (#WEEC2017) in Vancouver, B.C. I want to write about one session that I found incredibly engaging–it left me feeling inspired and curious. The session was entitled Weaving Conversation Circles for New Understandings. Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham facilitated the […]

A Walkshop With Teachers: Cross-Curricular Walking Activities For High School Students

This past week I spent a super day with the staff at North Surrey Secondary School (B.C., Canada) investigating various aspects of student engagement. In the afternoon we focused on the Walking Curriculum and ways walking-based activities could be used to take a more Place-based approach to teaching. I asked the educators to get outside walking. […]

Imaginative Ecological Education Book Study: November 2017

I recently asked my social networks if anyone would be interested in doing a book study on Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE). The answer was overwhelmingly YES. You can consider the #IEEbookstudy CONFIRMED for November 2017. I created this google doc with all the necessary information about the book (including links for sample pages, ordering options etc.) […]

Forest Fridays: How Nature Can Boost Empathy, Imagination, And Well-Being

By Natalie Crowley (First Grade Teacher) I spent the first four years of my teaching career in urban public schools with rigorous academic schedules, high stakes testing, and extremely limited outdoor time. I loved my job and my students, but I grew frustrated by my first and second graders’ struggles to sit still, use their […]

Engaging High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 3)

“What is this walking? …What is it about walking that helps with learning, teaching, writing, education, and more?” (Hotton, 2015). Walking With Secondary Students  The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. It reflects principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological […]

Learning In Depth Meets Imaginative Ecological Education

I recently* published an article in the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education that provides a rationale for in-depth and imaginative study as part of an ecological approach to teaching. In other words, Learning in Depth meets Imaginative Ecological Education!  (I say “recently” because the journal came out in 2017 but it is a 2015 volume!) […]

Engaging High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 2)

“People have long harboured a touch of disdain toward walking.” (Rubinstein, 2015, p. 96) Walking With Secondary Students The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. It reflects principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological Education bringing engagement of the body, imagination and […]

Engage Your High School Students In Place & Community: Walking Curriculum (Part 1)

Walk more. Anywhere. (Rubinstein, 2015, p. 251) Walking With High School Students  The Walking Curriculum offers learning activities designed to simultaneously develop your students’ sense of place and to enrich their understanding of cross-curricular topics and core competencies. Walking curriculum activities reflect the principles and practices of Imaginative Ecological Education as they connect engagement of the body, imagination and the local […]

Adventure In Our Own Backyard: Fostering Sense of Place in Early Years Education

By Jolene McFadyen-Nein (Kindergarten Teacher) Working in a school that is nestled in the heart of our community has sparked my interest in Place-Based learning. Many of my students live close by, but have very little understanding of the place in which they live. I have pushed to ensure that my students have emotional ties […]

A Walking Curriculum (#10): Evoke Wonder And Develop Sense of Place (K-12)

I’m pleased to announce that the Walking Curriculum is expanding! Coming soon: Resources for secondary school students that look at issues of “walkability”, social justice, and community development. So please stay tuned! This set of walks and resources (Set #10) was suggested by the awesome teachers in Surrey, B.C., Canada, who participated in a “#getoutside” […]

No Better Classroom Than Nature: Re-Imagining Early Childhood Education

By Emma Huvos (ECE Outdoor Educator, Founder, Riverside Nature School) When I taught in a traditional preschool classroom, I was constantly spending time and money I didn’t have to create what I thought were inviting, exciting spaces intended to foster deep and meaningful play. Week after week, I fussed over signs and props and materials […]