How to Share a Love of Nature:
A Course for Island Educators
August 1st – 3rd
There is almost nothing as rewarding as watching a child fall in love with nature. Despite its potential, nature education can seem overwhelming and difficult to integrate into regular classroom activities. After nearly 20 years of teaching, we have developed an intuitive and practical approach to nature education that helps teachers become co-learners with their students.
This three-day course is for all educators and will happen concurrently with our summer camps. By combining theory-based lectures, experiential learning and taking part in camp activities, students will gain a foundational knowledge of the Island’s plants and animals and develop a host of educational tools.
Participants will learn:
- The benefits of co-learning
- Outdoor class management skills
- How to identify native plants and animals including invasive species
- Educational games and crafts
- How to describe the natural world using all five senses
- How to use the schoolyard as a classroom for all subjects
- A basic understanding of the Island’s unique ecosystems
- The power of play
- The importance of direct experience
Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. The total cost for the course is $200.
We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.
Cancellations and Refunds
All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.
All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.