The Pedagogy of Play in Nature

  • Presented by York Region Nature Collaborative
  • May 6, 2017
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • “[Keynote speaker Marlene Power, Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada] will be focusing on Forest and Nature-based learning in Canada and part of the keynote will include an audiovisual component with a video of what Forest and Nature School looks like in practice. After the keynote we invite participants to observe an EarthPlay pop up adventure playground in action! In addition there will be stations set up throughout the forest to visit and to play facilitated by Forest and Nature-based educators.”
  • Sessions attended:
    • Yoga Adventure in the Forest
      • Presented by Olga Rossovska
      • “What a better way to play and learn than through movement? Join us on an adventure to explore the wonders of the forest–an interactive session engaging in individual and group yoga practices that use breathing techniques and poses to investigate the world around us and to become aware of our own senses and abilities. A variety of ideas on how to engage children in movement and organize yoga adventures with small and large groups of children of different age groups will be shared throughout the session.”
    • Storytelling: Oral Language and the Development of Creative Literacy
      • Presented by Gail Molenaar
      • “Participants will start their journey in the forest using nature, loose parts and storytelling to build on oral language and literacy. In a group, participants will explore strategies that engage young learners and offer autonomy in their creative process. WE will participate as listeners and finally as storytellers.”
    • Forest Kindergarten: Nurturing Curiosity, Creativity and Confidence
      • Presented by Melissa Cusack Striepe
      • “Learn through storytelling about the experiences of a former Forest Kindergarten student and the impact that Forest Kindergarten has had on her life. See how it builds curiosity, creativity, and confidence, as well as team work and negotiation skills. Try your hand at weaving vine crowns and drilling pollinator holes into logs using hand tools.”
    • Mindfulness
      • Presented by Kelly Birch-Baker and Eva May
      • “Participants will discuss, share, and reflect upon the importance of mindfulness practices in supporting free play in natural settings. Discussions will shed light on the importance of self-care practices, natural environments and the diversity of mindfulness practices in our communities. Hands-on, open-ended activities will support the role of natural environments in mindfulness practices in our communities.”
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