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  • Friday, February 14, 2020 at 08:30 AM · $150.00 CAD
    Pickering College in Newmarket, ON, Canada

    Deepening Our Understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach

    We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming conference In Dialogue with Suzanne Axelsson: Deepening our Understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Session topics include: The Art of Pedagogical Documentation, The Art of Listening and The Art of Learning through Play. Please find a detailed infosheet attached. Feel free to pass this along to any colleagues or friends that may be interested in this conference.

    Conference Details

    Location: Pickering College (16945 Bayview Ave., Newmarket, ON)
    Conference Date & Time: Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:30AM-3:00PM
    Cost: $150 (if registered by December 16, 2019) Includes refreshments and luncheon - Enjoy a taste of Italy throughout the day!
    ($180 for registrations after December 16, 2019)
    To register and find more details, please visit
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 08:30 AM · 2 rsvps
    Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, ON, Canada

    Land as Our First Teacher: Exploring Relationships between Indigenous Storytelling and Pedagogical Documentation

    Land as Our First Teacher: Exploring Relationships between Indigenous Storytelling and Pedagogical Documentation

    February 15, 2019

    8:30am - 4:00pm at the Kortright Centre for Conservation 

    The Oral Tradition of Ojibwe storytelling maintains a continuous relationship with 40 000 years of Land-based Knowledge of living in harmony and balance with Mother Earth and each other. Since the mid 20th century, storytelling through pedagogical documentation has emerged from Reggio Emilia, Italy as a way to build relationships in early learning. The intention for the day will be to explore the relationships between these different approaches to storytelling as they relate to the Land as our first teacher.

    In keeping with Ojibwe protocol, our day will begin with Opening Ceremony and Traditional Storytelling by Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley, Marten Clan, Shawanaga First Nation. Following that Traditional Opening, we will take a walking tour exploring and documenting the story of the Land currently in the care of the Mississaugas of the Credit and Kortright Centre for Conservation.

    After lunch, a panel of pedagogical leaders including Suzanne Axelsson from Sweden, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Picher from Storypark, and Hopi Martin who is studying the relationship between Ojibwe methodology and Ontario Early Years Pedagogy (How Does Learning Happen?) will discuss Land-based pedagogical documentation using the online platform of Storypark.

    Our day will end with a Closing Ceremony led by Gokoomis Jacque Lavalley.

    Natural Curiosity (whose pedagogy will be featured throughout the day) and ParentBooks will have booths set up throughout the day. 


    For online tickets- click here

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 09:00 AM through March 19, 2020
    Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford, ON, Canada

    Spring Into Scanlon! March Break Day Camp at Scanlon Creek

    Calling all kids ages 8 to 12!  Celebrate the last week of winter in the forest at Scanlon Creek during our March Break Day Camp. Build forts, learn animal tracking, go kicksledding, create nature crafts, and much more. 

    Save when you sign up for more than two days!

    For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 at 09:30 AM
    Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford, ON, Canada

    Family Forest Friday

    Make memories this March Break and bring the whole family to experience the magic of the Forest at Scanlon Creek!

    To learn more and register, please click here.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan, ON, Canada

    Land as Our First Teacher: Establishing and Maintaining Relationships

     Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Save the Date!  

    Land as Our First Teacher: Establishing and Maintaining Relationships  

    Read our Conference Report from last year! 

    A one day gathering for children, families, teachers, educators, Grandmothers and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers to (re)establish good relationships with each other and the Land. Experience Indigenous led traditional teachings throughout the day. Experiences may include: water walk, traditional storytelling, experiencing the wigwam while being introduced to Kortright’s bush school, a sacred fire ceremony, preparing, cooking and learning about food from land, exploring the historical context of the land from an Indigenous perspective, going on a medicine walk,  Indigenous drumming ceremony, traditional dance and more.  This experience will enhance your understanding of and strengthen your relationship to Indigenous practices and environmental education. 

    Ticket sales: Coming Soon! 


  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Lake St. George Field Centre

    Interactive Encounters

    Interactive Encounters: The Forest through the Lens of 100 Languages & the Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach

    Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE and Rosalba Bortolotti, RECE

    What does the forest offer? Join us at Lake St. George located on a 120-hectare site on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine, just east of Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill. This site which has a beautiful kettle lake is the headwaters of the east branch of the Humber River. It features mixed woodlands, open meadows, reforested areas, wetlands that possess abundant fish and wildlife populations. Lake St. George also offers a “Bush Early Learning Centre” where you will gather to explore invitations set up in the forest that will invite thinking deeply about Reggio-inspired practice in your own contexts. Framing our day will be the four foundations of learning from How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years – well-being, engagement, belonging and expression. We will consider these and how they connect to learning in the forest. All proceeds from this day will go to the Land as First Teacher Fund designed to make conservation lands accessible to urban Indigenous children and their families by helping with transportation costs, honorariums for Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and other material costs that support Land-based Indigenous Education


    8:30 to 9:00                 Breakfast 

    9:00 to 9:30                 What is the sound of the Land? The pedagogy of listening

    9:30 to 10:00               Introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach 

    10:00 to 10:15             Refreshments and break

    10:15 to 11:15             Exploring invitations in the forest

    11:15 to 12:00             Finding treasures in the forest

    12:00 to 12:30             Co-creating art from the Land – Giving back to the Land

    12:30 to 1:00               Closing circle around the fire

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