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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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Online Webinar

    Planting Seeds



    Come join Ojibwe Earth Helper Isaac Crosby and Oshkaabewis (Ceremonial Helper) Hopi Martin

    Webinar Description:

    Together we will be exploring Indigenous ways to connect children with Mother Earth in Springtime through planting at The Nature School at Kortright. Connection through planting can happen in backyards, schoolyards, apartment blocks, vacant lots, and parklands around the world! Come learn an Ojibwe pedagogy that invites all Nations to remember their responsibilities to Mother Earth because not all seeds are planted in the ground! 



    All donations for tickets go to the Land as our First Teacher Fund making Conservation Lands accessible to urban Indigenous children, youth, families, and Elders in support of Traditional Land-based learning opportunities.

  • Saturday, May 08, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Community of Practice on Storypark!

    Please join Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE, York Region Nature Collaborative Co-ordinator, Hopi Martin PhD Candidate in Early Years Indigenous Pedagogy, Maya Rose Simon, RECE, M.A. in "Indigenous Early Childhood Educators in Mainstream Childcare", and Sara Martin B.Ed, OCT and co-founder of Edge of the Bush as we discuss a Seasonal Pedagogy in early childhood education through our new Land as Teacher: Community of Practice on Storypark!


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  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Stuff From Nature


    World renowned educators Cathy and Lella join us to share stories from their new book Beautiful Stuff from Nature. Coming from schools and teachers across North America, stories tell of children and teachers exploring nature together. Each features local environments, natural materials and ordinary experience made extraordinary through images, quotes and reflections.

    "Through their explorations, collections, creations, displays, and stories, children discover the beauty and variety in their own small piece of the planet."


    Presenter Bios:

    Cathy Weisman Topal is a research associate at Smith College. For over 35 years Cathy has been a lecturer in the Department of Education and Child Studies at Smith as well as the studio art teacher at the Centre for Early Childhood Education and the Campus School of Smith College. Cathy is the author of several books and visual arts curricula, including Children, Clay and Sculpture; Children and Painting; Beautiful Stuff; Learning with Found Materials; Thinking with a Line; Explorations in Art; Kindergarten; and Creative Minds Out of School. Cathy recently created an interactive website for early childhood teachers- Cathy is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator in the U.S. and abroad.


    Lella Gandini is the associate editor of the journal Innovations in Education: The International Reggio Exchange. She has conducted research and held faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts, Smith College, and is a visiting scholar at Lesley University. She has led a professional development sessions, lectures, and workshops and has coproduced videos, articles, and interviews on the Reggio Emilia approach. She has published or coedited several books in Italy and the U.S., including The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education, Beautiful Stuff, In the Spirit of the Studio; Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care, and many others. Her curatorial and editorial work has been widely published.




    All ticket donations go to support the work of the York Region Nature Collaborative! 


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