-Gr. 7-9 for seven years in Cartwright
Prairie Spirit School Division
-Gr. 5/6 for eight years in Strathclair
Park West School Division
Personal Background in Outdoor Activities
-cross country skiing
-horseback riding, English and Western
I consider myself to be an amateur, not competitive:)
-In elementary school a teacher organized a
three day outdoor camp for all Gr. 4-6 students
in my school. (polar bear dips)
-Both my parents enjoyed some outdoor
activities, summer and winter. (family campfires)
-I took an Outdoor Ed course in university (BU).
(stayed at Camp Wannacumbak)
-My brother is an outdoor enthusiast with the
most interesting stories. (bouldering)
Outdoor Connection to the Curriculum
• Cross Country Skiing for a Valentine’s Party
Outdoor education is necessary for:
Learning history where it occurred
Engaging students in learning
Appreciation of local environment
To help me teach outdoors, I need:
Cost efficient programs
Experts willing to share their knowledge
Time frame (season, length of program)
Teaching in a creative manner
Volunteers to drive
Programs that are curriculum based
Supplies (backpacks, journals, etc)
Previsit for teachers (background knowledge)
My Personal Closing Thoughts
• I want my students to enjoy learning.
• I want my students to remember what I taught
• I want my students to feel a connection to nature.
• I want my students to have new experiences.
• I want my students to smile.
• I want my students to participate in all learning
activities by their own choosing (not because I
told them to).
“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy
grass is more welcome than the most luxurious
-Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams)
“If you build it, he will come.”
“One touch of nature makes the whole world