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Spending time in nature is a great way to get your family outside, active and having fun! Together, you can experience the magic of Scanlon Creek - uncover clues and follow a map looking for magical markings along the way - all on the hunt for the mysterious Gnomes of Scanlon Creek (shhhh - remember to keep the Gnomes a secret).
Watch in amazement as your children discover a mysterious “letter” that will kick off your adventure to learn about the features of the forest and its inhabitants, and the secret lives of Scanlon Creek’s very own Gnomes. It’s an epic adventure that memories are made of - click here to learn more or to register and let the magic begin!
Boost your health and overall well-being by getting active outdoors and spending more time in nature with family or friends! Explore Scanlon Creek by navigating across trails and various terrain, searching for hidden symbols and competing against others or the clock.
A fun outdoor experience where you will see cool habitats and amazing wildlife while also learning about the natural environment (you’ll learn about maps and how to use the Avenza map software too!)
To learn more or to register, please click here.
Join Dana Eldon, Outreach Coordinator at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, as she leads you through this 4 week online course that includes four 1-hour webinars, weekly tasks, and access to a Google Classroom stocked with resources, activities and the opportunity to share and collaborate with course participants and outdoor education experts.
This introductory course is designed for education professionals (such as OCTs, ECEs, EAs, and pre-service teacher candidates), as well as home-based child care providers and homeschooling families.
In this course, you will:
- Discover the benefits of moving learning to an outdoor space
- Understand how to plan and deliver effective outdoor lessons across a variety of themes and subject areas
- Gain confidence in managing children in an outdoor setting
- Learn about managing risk in outdoor learning spaces
Our first session sold out quickly. Session #2 runs August 3 to August 28 (weekly webinars are on Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.)
For more information or to register, visit: https://www.lsrca.on.ca/Pages/Webinar-Introduction-to-Outdoor-Learning.aspx
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - New Date- Tickets now on Sale!
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Listening to Land as Teacher: Renewing Relationships
It is the time to remember our relationships with the Land and Community!
Come early to join Gokoomis Jacque Lavalley for Sunrise Ceremony and sit by the Sacred Fire with Johnny Moore. Dance with Jingle Dress Dancer Brianna Olson and hear the heartbeat of Mother Earth in Toronto Council Fire’s Big Drum! Walk for the Water with Grandmother Vivian Recollet and plant Native Medicines with Isaac Crosby. There will be Land-based Cooking with Candace’s Catering, a Drum Circle with The Indigenous Network, Land-based play with Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, and talks about Land-based Early Learning with Hopi Martin in our new Bush Play Centre. Come bring your whole family to listen, play, and participate in this full day of learning!
Tickets: *$80 for adults, $20 for children
*(free for Indigenous Families and Children - please email Jasmine at email@example.com)
Proceeds go to funding future events and Land as Teacher Fund!
Timing for the day
7:30 am - Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire (optional)
8:30 am - Registration and light breakfast
9:15 am - Jingle Dress Dance, All Nations Dance and Big Drum
11:30 am - Lunch
12:15 pm - Variety of different learning experiences
3:30- Closing Circle
Thank you to those who will be sharing their knowledge as part of this day of learning.
This community initiative is proudly sponsored by York Child Development & Family Services Inc. (YCD) through the Bev Bernier PD fund.