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Twitter is a wonderful way to share articles, ideas and pictures of outdoor learning possibilities.  Please remember to share with us @WildAboutVan and include the following hashtags: #getoutside today #outdoorlearning #wildaboutvan

Eating Dirt with Dr. Brett

We want to say a special thanks to Dr. Brett Finlay for meeting us atop of The Nest yesterday to lead us in some fascinating discussions about the oversanitization of Western culture, and the positive effects that microbes play in keeping us healthy. In Dr. Finlay’s book, Let Them Eat Dirt, we are challenged to deconstruct our …

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Mud Messages

All the recent rain has left us with springtime mud!  With all the recent rain… The Grade 4/5s went outside with sentences, poetry, and quotes to see if they could leave a message in mud for someone else to find. We learned a lot about mud, soil and sand in the last several months. Which …

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Are you considering running an event?

Here are some tips to keep your WAV event sustainable. [list] [li type=”glyphicon-ok”]Select venues that are easily accessible by bike, walking and transit[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-ok”]Include community service projects[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-ok”] Provide suggestions on how to dress for events, such as rubber boots for shoreline cleanup or sturdy shoes for a trail walk[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-ok”]Ask event organizers and …

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Outdoor Learning at Tecumseh Elementary, Vancouver

John Mullan has a well developed collection of outdoor learning books.  Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages by Joseph Cornell has been particularly helpful in designing activities using the flow learning sequence: Stage 1 – Awaken enthusiasm; Stage 2 – Focus Attention;  Offer Direct Experience;  Stage 4 – Share inspiration.  The Vancouver Kidsbooks team also have …

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