While the York Region Nature Collaborative was founded in York Region,
events are open to all interested educators, parents and families.
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* Please note that this camp is for children who's parent/guardian is registered for the YRNC's May 5th Conference, Growing Roots: Building Nature Connection in the Early Years.
Kids will range out onto the land with experienced p.i.n.e instructors for a full day of exploring, finding secret spots on the landscape, and looking for wildlife (and their tracks and signs). Kids programming may also include building shelters, cooking over a fire, carving, and plenty of games and play.
Please pack a peanut free lunch for your child and be ready for all weather conditions as this is an outdoor program.
Ages: 4-6 and 7-11
When: Saturday May 5, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
The YRNC is excited to partner with the p.i.n.e project for this full day conference with workshops focusing on Nature Connection for Early Years Educators. Participants will learn key methods to confidently facilitate experiences in nature with (groups of) young children (0-6yrs).
Educators will further develop their own connection to nature, experience outdoor activities, and discuss and learn more about teaching tools such as bird language, fire making, edible and medicinal plants, mentoring and more.
Join us at The Kortright Centre for Conservation for this unique conference!
Want to bring your 4-11 year old along? Sign them up for our Nature Camp, run by the p.i.n.e project team. Click here for more details!
School Watch is a free program where teachers learn how to lead citizen science projects with their students on school grounds. We deliver free teacher PD on curriculum-linked environmental projects such as tree inventories and pollinator surveys. This project allows students to contribute meaningful data while learning about ecosystem health, positive actions and environmental science in the community.
At teacher* workshops, we provide:
- Hands-on resources for animating school ground greening projects
- Exposure to and training on different kinds of citizen science projects
- Follow-up staff support to plan and co-lead an outdoor education lesson with EcoSpark
- Opportunities to earn points towards your EcoSchools certification! (YRDSB participants receive a York Region District School Board certificate of Ontario EcoSchools points earned, and are eligible for additional points by implementing citizen science activities.)
*While designed for teachers, workshops are suitable for anyone interested in connecting kids with outdoor education, space permitting.
EcoSpark is an environmental charity whose mission is to empower communities to take an active role in protecting and sustaining their local environment.
Registration is required. Spaces are limited.
Click here to download a poster to help us promote School Watch!