Teachers – Professional Organizations – Outdoor Adventure – Getting Outdoors – Skills
ACER (Association for Canadian Educational Resources) – “Educating communities to monitor and take ecological action in response to climate change.” This site has a wealth of Programs, Resources, and Publications and Research available. Their programs include Planting for Change (P4C); Measuring our Resources; Tracking for Success; Go Global; Youth Stewardship Project; and Let’s Plant, Measure and Mulch. Their programs are cross-curricular, and experiential-based.
Back to Nature Network – committed to fostering our children’s connection with nature.
EECOM (The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) – “Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate, engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy, sustainable future. At a time when the environment and sustainability issues are a clear priority to Canadians, EECOM’s role is more important than ever before.”
EEON (Environmental Education Ontario) – Their vision: “An Ontario where every individual adopts behaviours that reflect a commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations.” Their Mission: “Environmental education is essential to create a culture of sustainability. To help achieve our vision, EEON will: Identify the state of environmental education in Ontario (knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours), and Work with relevant partners to ensure that people in all sectors have access to environmental education that is rich, meaningful, and relevant to their needs.”
Sustainable Seafood – this is an excellent introduction to the issues surrounding the sustainable harvest of the ocean. (From WWF Canada.)
Journey North – “A Global Study of Wildlife Migration” – this website “engages students and citizen scientists around the globe in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change.” While they offer insights into the migration of Whooping Cranes, Hummingbirds, Gray Whales and others, they are a great resource for Monarch migration information. Want to go directly to their Monarch migration website? Click here.
Monarch Teacher Network of Canada – this is a great resource for classroom teachers. As well as various links and resources, they offer workshops for teachers and – if you really get into the amazing world of the Monarch butterfly – they organize trips to one of the Monarch’s wintering grounds in California!
Monarch Watch – Everything you wanted to know about Monarch butterfly migration, tagging, conservation… a wealth of information here!
Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program – a great starting point for an understanding of some of the more common and serious-problem invasive species in Ontario. Lots of great photos, links to other sites and downloadable resources on every page!
Snapping Turtles with Dr. Ron Brooks – This is a great video which discusses some of the Snapping Turtle research results of Dr. Rob Brooks and others at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station.
Outdoor Learning Centres
Bark Lake Leadership Centre – This outdoor leadership centre is passionate about making leaders, building character, providing nature- and adventure-based experiences and creating an environment for excellence. A great experience for school groups!
Grand River Conservation Authority Nature Centres – the GRCA offers outdoor learning opportunities at six nature centres located in Brantford, Cambridge, Cayuga, Guelph, Rockwood and Waterloo. As well as curriculum-based programs for schools, the nature centres offer day camps, eco-adventure birthday parties, family programs, Guiding and Scouting badge programs and youth and community programs.
Sparrow Lake Camp – As well as serving as a residential summer camp, Sparrow Lake provides outdoor learning opportunities during May and June, and September and October.
Professional Organizations – Outdoor Experiential Education
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario – As a professional body for outdoor educators in Ontario, COEO promotes safe and high quality outdoor education experiences for people of all ages. Their activities include the production of a professional journal, an annual conference, regional workshops, and other activities.
Treks in the Wild – Canoe and Kayak rentals, guided trips on the Grand River, guided backcountry canoe trips, backpacking trips, snowshoe adventures, and more! Check them out.
Active Kids Club – A website of diverse resources such as Simple Outdoor Fun, Cooking With Nature, Fresh Air Living, Safety Reflectors, and more! Lots to discover at this site.
KidActive – “Inspired by the critical need to address immediate physical and mental health issues facing Canada’s young people, KidActive was founded to foster the development of healthy kids, communities and outdoor environments.” Well said, and well worth checking out!
Ontario Trails Council – THE go-to site for outdoor activities and locales. Click the Activities tab to see just how great Ontario is for outdoor activities. We’ve got it all in Ontario!
ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) – This canoe and kayak skill certification organization provides a wide range of instruction for paddlers. You can earn certification levels in basic skills, Canadian Style paddling, canoe tripping, river running (for tripping), and moving water. ORCKA instructors can also deliver a 3-hour safe canoeing program to ensure your novice paddling experiences are safe and enjoyable. They also offer certification for camp canoeing instructors to ensure quality program delivery at summer camps. And for skilled paddlers who’d like to share their talents, there are instructors courses in each of the areas listed above.
CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) – This non-profit organization is designed to promote and advance the sport of cross-country and telemark skiing in Canada through the provision of high quality instruction. CANSI offers four levels of certification in cross country techniques and three in telemark.
Adventureworks! – “Our leading edge adventure program services create positive growth and change in individuals, groups, and organizations. We partner with our clients to create innovative adventure programs and facilities which enable people to develop greater understanding of themselves, build healthier relationships, exercise more effective leadership, and make a positive impact in their communities. We are accredited Professional Vendor Members of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.”
Heavens Above – a great place to find out when the International Space Station (and other satellites) will swoop past your house. COOL!
Learning for a Sustainable Future – Founded in 1991 by a diverse group of youth, educators, business leaders, government and community leaders, LSF is a non-profit Canadian organization that was created to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s education system. Its Vision – “We believe in socially, environmentally and economically sustainable society, with engaged citizens who think and act responsibly, today, and for generations to come.” Check it out!
Resources for Rethinking – Sustainability Classroom Resources – Exemplary classroom resources reviewed by teachers for teachers. This is a wonderful source of classroom resources and thematic activities such as Project Flow; Step Outside; and EcoLeague. Get your students involved with Ozone Day, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Our Canada Project. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is the main goal for this website, so you can find ESD-themed Children’s Literature and a Teacher’s Toolbox full of tips and strategies for enhancing student learning. Professional Develop includes opportunities for Forums and Workshops. Resources for Rethinking is a project of Learning for a Sustainable Future.
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