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Fall Outdoor Learning Resources, Tools & Training for Idaho

Author: Ian Shanahan on behalf of the Outdoor Learning Team

With 100% of proceeds going back into outdoor learning non-profit initiatives, The Outdoor Learning Store is a charitable social enterprise grown in the homelands of the Secwepemc and Ktunaxa, and flourishing across Turtle Island (North America). We understand that Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives are foundational to Outdoor Learning.


We are excited to offer this series in partnership with Take Me Outside and our Outdoor Learning Partners!

  • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!

  • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register

  • Workshops are 60 minutes and will take place at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern.

  • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on our Recordings Page

  • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link through which they can access a certificate of attendance.

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Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors

September, 19th 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

With Educator and Author Dr Ruth Wilson

Join us to learn from Dr. Ruth Wilson as she shares about her inspiring book, ‘Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors’. Ruth has a doctorate in early childhood and elementary education and a master’s degree in special education. Dr. Wilson taught at the university level for over 14 years, including ten years at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Professionally, her primary areas of interest are early childhood environmental education and peace education. Much of Ruth’s work focuses on the holistic development of children, with an emphasis on connections between body, mind, and spirit. She works as an educational consultant and curriculum writer with special expertise in the area of early childhood environmental education and other initiatives in connecting young children with nature. In this book and workshop explore the great potential of connecting young children with special needs to the natural world. Naturally Inclusive is an essential guide for creating inclusive nature-based play spaces and programs that connect every child to nature. It reminds us that nature is both an exemplar of diversity and a catalyst for inclusion. Drawing on her knowledge of research and her decades of work with children in nature, she weaves together advice, real-life examples, and testimonies from educators and families on the healing, nurturing power of nature in the lives of young children with diverse abilities. All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! After registration you will receive a discount code to access the resources shared. Following the workshop you will receive the recording, and a link to access your Certificate of Attendance. Access Dr. Wilson’s super resource:

Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors

September, 26th 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

With Educator and Author Rachel Tidd

Rachel Tidd has extensive teaching experience as an elementary and special education teacher and homeschool parent. She is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Educational Sustainability. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. Passionate about integrating the outdoors and natural materials in core academic areas such as reading and math, Rachel has authored the Wild Math® and Wild Reading® Curricula and the book Wild Learning: Practical Ideas for Bringing Teaching Outdoors. Rachel will share tips, tricks, and strategies from Wild Learning: Practical Ideas for Bringing Teaching Outdoors. This book gives teachers practical activities they can immediately implement and helps educators overcome common barriers to outdoor instruction. These activities can be done in common outdoor spaces accessible to teachers in all school settings, and they are adaptable to their current curriculum—not an extra thing to try to fit into their day. All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! After registration you will receive a discount code to access the resources shared. Following the workshop you will receive the recording, and a link to access your Certificate of Attendance. You can access Rachel’s fantastic resource here:

  • Wild Learning: Practical Ideas for Bringing Teaching Outdoors

Outdoor Learning through Patterns in Nature

October, 3rd 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

With Educators Janice Novakowski & Megan Zeni

Join Janice and Megan to learn about some fantastic resources for educating, engaging, and empowering students around patterns in nature – connecting to math, numeracy and other curricula. Janice Novakowski is a district teacher consultant in the Richmond School District (BC) where she learns alongside preK-12 educators and students in the areas of mathematics and numeracy. She is also an Adjunct Professor at UBC where she teaches elementary mathematics education courses. Some of Janice’s fondest childhood experiences center on the outdoors, carefully turning over rocks on beaches to find little crabs, log jumping and hiking through moss and fern-filled forests. Megan Zeni is a mom of 3, an experienced elementary school teacher, and a master gardener. Megan successfully re-imagined the prep position in her public school and turned it into her dream job of spending her days with children in the garden classroom. Megan is an advocate for taking children outdoors at school in all kinds of weather to learn, play, and grow. Megan is also a PhD candidate at UBC in curriculum & pedagogy. All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! After registration you will receive a discount code to access the resources shared. Following the workshop you will receive the recording, and a link to access your Certificate of Attendance. You can access these empowering resources here:

  1. Messy Maths

  2. Patterns in Nature Kit: Coming Soon!!!

Connecting Children to Nature through Indigenous Teachings

October, 17th 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

With Educator and Author Launa Purcell

Join Author Launa as she shares about Heartbeat of the Earth – a Handbook on Connecting Children to Nature through Indigenous Teachings. Launa Purcell is a member of the Xa’xtsa First Nation and a mother of two. Launa works as an Indigenous Educator and teaches Indigenous outdoor camps. The activities inside instill traditional teachings of respect, honor, resourcefulness, and humility in children. This handbook is intended to inspire parents, caregivers, and educators to provide children with meaningful outdoor experiences interwoven with traditional Indigenous knowledge. This handbook isn’t a replacement for ensuring that local Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are central to your teaching. Rather, this is a starting point, and an encouragement to learn more, and use these activities as an inspiration to adapt them and adopt new ones in a culturally appropriate and responsive way. All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! After registration you will receive a discount code to access the resources shared. Following the workshop you will receive the recording, and a link to access your Certificate of Attendance. You can access Launa’s beautiful resource here:

  • Heartbeat of the Earth

L’éducation en plein air: Apprendre et enseigner dehors en tous lieux et en toutes saisons

November, 7th 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

Avec Professeur et Auteur Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet

Joignez-vous pour notre premier atelier francophone avec Jean-Philippe alors qu’il partage comment apprendre et enseigner dehors en tous lieux et en toutes saisons. Juliet Robertson s’adresse aux personnes enseignantes qui souhaitent faire vivre à leurs élèves de 4 à 12 ans des situations d’apprentissage riches et authentiques en plein air. En se basant sur sa grande expérience et sur la recherche, elle accompagne les personnes enseignantes qui souhaitent intégrer l’éducation en plein air à leurs pratiques et celles qui le font déjà et qui voudraient aller encore plus loin. Les bénéfices de cette approche sont nombreux : des effets positifs sur le bien-être des enfants, des apprentissages plus signifiants et durables, l’amélioration des habiletés sociales, le développement d’une citoyenneté responsable et peut-être même de l’amour envers la nature. Tous les inscrits seront inscrits pour gagner de superbes prix de participation! À la suite de l’atelier, vous recevrez un lien vers les ressources partagées, l’enregistrement et accéderez à votre certificat de participation.

  • Accéder L’Éducation en plein air

Building Capacity for Outdoor Learning: Introducing a Digital Tool for Success

November, 14th 2023 - 4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern (60)

With Outdoor Learning Experts Mariana Brussoni & Megan Zeni

Join Mariana and Megan as they share the ‘BE OUT’ digital tool. BE OUT is a new tool for elementary (K-7) school teachers and includes exemplars of outdoor learning from a diversity of teachers organized in a digital format. The tool is designed with very short (90 second) modules and targets teachers new to teaching outdoors with support in four key areas: understanding risky play in the school context; getting started teaching outdoors; teaching with an emergent curriculum; and assessment of learning. Dr. Mariana Brussoni is Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership and Professor at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her research investigates child injury prevention and children’s outdoor risky play with the aim of creating environments where all children can play outside every day. Megan Zeni is a mom of 3, an experienced elementary school teacher, and a master gardener. Megan successfully re-imagined the prep position in her public school and turned it into her dream job of spending her days with children in the garden classroom. Megan is an advocate for taking children outdoors at school in all kinds of weather to learn, play, and grow. Megan is also a PhD candidate at UBC in curriculum & pedagogy. All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! After registering you will receive a discount code to access the resources shared, and following the workshop you can access the recording, and a link to access your Certificate of Attendance. Grow your outdoor educator skills with:

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