Get inspired outdoors this summer and imagine the possibilities for fall outdoor learning!
HCTF Education is working on many new tools to support outdoor learning right in your schoolyards (and beyond). This Wild Connections issue brings to life inspirational possibilities for outdoor, inquiry-based learning just outside the school doors.
The concept of Naturescaping is a growing interest (no pun intended) in backyards, communities â€“ and in schoolgrounds. Learn how a rural Fraser Valley school, once at risk of closing, has flourished with the transformation to outdoor, inquiry-based learning and creating outdoor learning spaces. Their exciting plans for the near-future will need a follow-up story!
Speaking of which, donâ€™t miss the new Naturescape tools on our website:
â€œOutdoors, Projects and Placesâ€: http://hctfeducation.ca/lessons/outdoors-projects-and-places/
C2C: Discover Naturescape: http://hctfeducation.ca/c2c-community/discover/
(A big shout-out to our friends at Fort Whyte Alive for sharing their resources with us.)
Our Wild Schools program is evolving with new opportunities to support schools growing their connections to nature in their community. Just one example is a one-day, school-wide outdoor learning event held by a Victoria school. Check out the story of South Park's Outdoor-a-thon at Beacon Hill Park, including their tips on logistics and what teachers learned.
Note: the Wild Schools application date for all schools is March 31 (each year).
Outdoor learning and growing food: read about a Pender Island student learning adventure in growing and making pizza from scratch. Yum and wow! Tips and ideas for others included.
Not a Wild School? No problem. HCTF Education has a rich resource of workshops, lessons and resources, GO Grants and much more! Have a look at our website to find it all.
(TIP: next GO Grant application deadline is September 15th http://hctfeducation.ca/go-grants/).
As you enjoy your outdoor summer adventures, we hope you are finding some inspiration for your fall planning. If we can support you, please let us know!
HCTF Education Team
1-800-387-9853 (ext 4)