Nature Play Winter Edition
Mar 14, 2019
Rescheduled from February 12
This workshop for Early Years Educators will provide theoretical and practical knowledge and ideas to embed regular outdoor learning opportunities in early learning environments IN WINTER. This workshop is a continuation of the workshop offered in October so there will be new content! But, it is not required that you attended the workshop in October to attend this one!
Topics will include:
- The importance of nature play
- Risk management for activities around fire and water
- Engaging staff and parents to support outdoor play
- Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to engage in fun and easy-to-replicate nature play activities with engaging, passionate facilitators
Zoe trained and worked as a Forest School Leader (Level 3) in the UK, facilitating nature-based, child-centred learning for children aged 3-18. She also holds a Bachelor of Education with specialization in Outdoor and Experiential Education. She is passionate about helping others to find meaningful connections with nature.
Karen Robinson, BA, BEd, was inspired to wander out of the formal classroom and into the forest after 17 years of teaching Grades 1-3 in Airdrie, Alberta, at Atikameg Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta, and in the rural community of Beausejour, Manitoba. She is the owner and director of A Place For Wonder KinderCare, based at Ecole River Heights School in Saskatoon, which she started in 2013. After attending Forest School Canada’s 5 day outdoor intensive Forest Practitioner’s Course in 2014, she knew she needed to continue on the journey of working with children outdoors to nurture their connections to nature in a safe, risk-taking environment, and fosters in them a sense of belonging to community, and the importance of stewardship and sustainability.
Shannon has spent 28 years as an Early Childhood Educator. Prior to that she worked in Renewable Resources, first as a Fisheries Officer in Northern Manitoba and then as a Forestry Technician in Northern Saskatchewan. She always wanted to blend her passion for children with her passion for nature. After attending Forest School Canada's outdoor practitioners training in Kananaskis, AB in 2014, she realized her vision could become a reality, and that the value of instilling nature into the life of a child would become her mission. She now follows that path with Karen Robinson at A Place For Wonder KinderCare at Ecole River Heights School.
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: $25 for SaskOutdoors Members or $30 for Non-Members. Learn more about the benefits of a SaskOutdoors membership.
Place: Gabriel Dumont Park (715 Saskatchewan Crescent W). Parking available. Washrooms are available. There will be a fire for warmth, learning and snacks.
Dress for the weather!
Registration deadline is Thursday March 7, 2019.
Minimum of 10 participants, Maximum of 30.
1) If the temperature, predicted 48 hours in advance, will be colder than -25C (air temperature) or -30C (combined air temperature and wind chill) the workshop will be cancelled and participants refunded.
2) Participants forfeit their registration fees if they cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop. Please see our cancellation policy.
Learn more about A Place for Wonder KinderCare in this recent news story!