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From bird nerd to bird curious, from wise old owl to adventurous tot, there is an event for everyone during Bird Week: May 11-17, 2019. Bird Week is a week-long series of events to celebrate Vancouver’s birds. It was inspired by World Migratory Bird Day, a United Nations-sponsored initiative that recognizes the importance of birds […]

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I have been working with Ryan for the past two years through his Master’s studies in the HOPE-Ed M.Ed. cohort in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC.  Ryan’s is a master teacher who has crafted a unique learning experience that meets the wants of learners and challenges concepts of learning.  One of my […]

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The Grade 4/5 student facilitators of this group worked with a Musqueam Elder and a teacher to learn about Indigenous plants in the Pacific Spirit Park. They will be providing 1 1/2 hour sessions for another class of VSB students.  Students will have lunch with the facilitators at University Hill Elementary School for 30 minutes […]

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Between Nov 12 and 23, 2018, I was invited to experience the outdoor learning project El Vergel, in Quillota, about 40 kms west of the Pacific Ocean and the town of Concón along the Aconcagua River valley, west-northwest of Santiago de Chile. El Vergel is the name given to 5 hecatres of land located above the day-use […]

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Winter is almost here and the sea lions are back!  My daughters and I had the opportunity to view these behemoths up close on our way home from our Gulf Island cabin a few weekends ago.    As clumsy as they look on land, they are wonderfully graceful in the water. But wow, they never […]

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Plant ID, fire building, using bow drills, making tea from local plants, nature connection and appreciation games.

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Hi friends and supporters of WAV and outdoor learning! Unbelievable, but WAV is embarking on a 5th year! WAV is a community-driven, grass-roots outdoor learning festival that encourages everyone to get outdoors more often, particularly for learning. The WAV Steering Committee (SC) proves oversight for WAV from September to May annually.  Generally, the SC meets […]

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UBC teacher education candidate, Jeevan, participated in WAV 2018 and won a copy of the Walking Curriculum by Gillian Judson. Jeevan shared the following: Outdoor learning can be a very useful pedagogical tool to engage students with what they will be learning about. During my practicum, the class went for a walk around the school […]

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Megan Zeni

Megan Zeni is a first year PhD student in the faculty of education at UBC (EDCP) with over 20 years of K-7 classroom teaching experience. Megan currently teaches in a public school outdoor classroom and is an advocate for the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor and garden classrooms beyond the preschool years. She […]

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Noticing Numbers- Street Math

The students were asked to record the addresses of each houses along 59th Avenue, starting from Ross Street and heading west towards Prince Albert Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada. After recording the addresses of 3 houses, many students noticed the numbers going bacward.  As the students continued recording the house numbers, they began to notice […]

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