Nurturing natural connections

  Jenn Gill’s classroom is the boreal forest. Literally. As a teacher at the Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Centre, she spends the vast majority of her days out of doors, guiding elementary and high-school students on hikes (on snowshoes when the terrain demands it), mucking about in soil and ponds as kids learn about the…

Bringing nature to the classroom and the classroom into the wild

Get outside! (l to r) Natasha Robertson with Finley (8) and Malcolm (6) at Dinosaur Provincial Park this summer. Natasha Robertson grew up in the tiny town of Ignace, Ontario (population 1,202). “We lived on a dirt road with three other houses, outside of town,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. She remembers a childhood filled…

Bringing nature to the classroom and the classroom into the wild

Natasha Robertson grew up in the tiny town of Ignace, Ontario (population 1,202). “We lived on a dirt road with three other houses, outside of town,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. She remembers a childhood filled with the freedom to explore outside as much as possible, of wandering through the woods, building tree forts,…

Why I ditched my to-do list in favour of getting outside

There’s liquid gold (aka maple sap) in those buckets… [Photo: Marlene Wandel] It would’ve been easy to stay at home on Sunday, easy to catch up on errands and house stuff, laundry and shopping lists, to attempt to cull the relentless accumulation of domestic clutter that builds up over the course of days and weeks. It…

7 Ideas for Raising Nature Loving Kids

As parents we know kids benefit from more time outside and less on screens, and when we can make this happen it is so worthwhile. “When kids spend time engaging with nature, they grow up caring about the environment and with a deeper sense of empathy for the world,” says Delyse Sylvester, creator of the…