$350.00

Date:        November 4 -7:30-9pm
                    November 5 – 7:30 -4pm
Address: At Ganong Nature Park – 350 Todd’s Point Road, Dufferin,  NB
Teaching has changed in the last few years with more understanding of the benefits of nature connection and building relationships with the land. This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to teach through land-based pedagogy, learn wilderness skills and transfer them to your unique teaching environment. You may be a teacher, a parent, a youth worker, or a life long learner.
This workshop will offer views on land-based learning and our ever changing world. The weekend will be filled with hands-on experiences and theory of being outdoors with children and how we can provide an environment that inspires life long learning and build attributes to create holistic well-being. Our roster of instructors will lead you on Indigenous worldviews, cooking, plant knowledge, music, working with plants and more.
Registration package will be emailed to you. Please provide anything we should know to make your experience a positive one.
Food: Because we are immersed 15 minutes from town, food will be provided and an option to camp on the land will be offered along with a list of places to stay close by. We do ask you to bring your own mess kit (plate, cup, cutlery, water bottle).
Language of Instruction: English
Classroom Setting: The course will be outdoors for the most part with some indoor space available for inclement weather. Please dress for the weather with multiple layers, wool is our friend and bring rubber boots and another choice of foot wear. Rain gear is a must along with hats and mitts.
Course Tuition: $350
add $25 to camp on the grounds

Please bring your own camping gear. We do have extra gear if you require to borrow some.

Description

Schedule at a glance:

Saturday

7:30         Registration

8:30         Living Land Acknowledgement and Opening Address

9:00         Learning and Teaching from an Indigenous Worldview – Justine Tremblay

10:00       BREAK

10:15          Campfire Cooking – Sparrow          
Participants will learn how to safely prepare various delicious snacks nd drinks over the fire. We will cover how to prepare a fire for cooking, different techniques, safety, and then we will feast!

Leah “Sparrow” Houghton is the co-founder and educational director at Fairlight Farm, an off-grid non-profit teaching farm focusing on permaculture, subsistence homesteading, and nature connection. She is also is a lead outdoor educator at the Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre. Sparrow grew up in girl scouts, at horse camp, and at wilderness camps and wilderness college. She loves farm animals and convincing adults to play games outside!

12:00        LUNCH

1:00       Plant Walk with Tristan Hallett
On this walk you will be shown how to identify a variety of wild trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, their role in the ecosystem, and potential edible and medicinal uses of them. Plants are the foundation of nearly all ecosystems, and understanding them will lay the groundwork for a much deeper connection to the nature that surrounds us.

Tristan is a forager with a passion for botany from Fredericton. His goal in teaching is to instill into others that same love and appreciation of nature, the confidence and knowledge to start the journey in identifying plants and using them.

2:30        Sit Spot
Take a pause in the day and be present. Remove all distractions and wait for the base line of nature to return and observe. Watch a spider spin a web, an ant carry food into its home, birds above you, listen to the wind, smell the fallen leaves on the ground or lay back with your hands and feet on the ground and just be.

3:00         BREAK

3:30      Cordage – Rhonda Sage
Sometimes you get caught outdoors where you need a  piece of rope? What do you do? We will be using milkweed during this workshop to make 2-ply cordage. Milkweed is easy to identify, non-toxic, and easy to work with. You will learn how to harvest the fibers, twist it and even make a craft with it if you wish. Cordage is useful as rope, tools, cooking, crafts, basket making, weaving and so much more. We will touch on some other fibres that can be used.

Rhonda Sage is the Executive Director/Founder of Nature’s Backpack Land-Based Learning Centre. She leads with a passion to connect our youth to the land and with the ecosystem of our community (human and non-human). She is a graduate from the University of Guelph in Environmental Sciences, and from NBCC in Early Child Education.  She obtained her Forest School Practitioner through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.  Over the past 20 years, Rhonda has held many positions in the outdoor, play, and education sector and spoke at various teacheréparent workshops. Her passion is  children and nature and when you meet her, you will feel that passion as she believes we are all in this together for our future generation.

5:00       DINNER

7:00        Campfire (bring your singing voice, instruments)
We will have a chance to open up discussions, network, ask questions, sing and enjoy the evening.

SUNDAY

7:30         BREAKFAST

8:45         Morning Circle

9:00         Risky Play – Sparrow
Much of what we now deem ‘risky play’ used to just be play! It is vital in developing confidence, body awareness (proprioceptive and kinaesthetic integration), and risk assessment skills in children. Learn what risky play is, why we need it, and how and when to allow children to push their limits.

Leah “Sparrow” Houghton is the co-founder and educational director at Fairlight Farm, an off-grid non-profit teaching farm focusing on permaculture, subsistence homesteading, and nature connection. She is also is a lead outdoor educator at the Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre. Sparrow grew up in girl scouts, at horse camp, and at wilderness camps and wilderness college. She loves farm animals and convincing adults to play games outside!

10:00      BREAK

10:15       Nature Journaling – Rhonda Sage
Many people journal for various reasons. When learning about nature and skills, the best way to learn is by journalling. It is like the old fashion camera that takes the time to edge the image on the paper. Through observation, asking questions, sketching with pictures, words, numbers, phrases etc, the wonder and awe will be captured between the pages of your journal. It doesn’t matter if you can draw or write, this is for you and your memories. You don’t even have to show anyone.

12:00      LUNCH

1:00        Sit Spot
Take a pause in the day and be present. Remove all distractions and wait for the base line of nature to return and observe. Watch a spider spin a web, an ant carry food into its home, birds above you, listen to the wind, smell the fallen leaves on the ground or lay back with your hands and feet on the ground and just be.

1:30        Trading Blanket
Bring your wares to trade on our community trading blanket. It can be anything that is in good condition that you may not use anymore but someone may find beneficial, have an abundance of or are willing to part for that one thing you were hoping to have.

2:30     Neurodivergent Kids in the Outside World presented by Renate Gritter
Ones personal experience and wisdom: This workshop will introduce folks to the language and common tendencies of neurodivergent experiences, offer insight into how a neurodivergent child might experience nature education. How these experiences can be related to educators more broadly. This discussion will be drawn from personal experiences as an autistic educator student and sometimes a reluctant resident of the outside world.

3:30        Questions and Certifications of Participation

4:00        Closing Circle