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5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Evergreen’s Professional Development Workshops

Published on May 17, 2019

Evergreen has delivered workshops and professional development opportunities to thousands of educators from all across Canada. We have been doing this for a very long time! But over the last few years we have been designing and delivering them here at the Evergreen Brick Works, our innovation hub, with a core team of incredible outdoor educators. These educators work every day in our Children’s Programs, and have built up incredible skills and knowledge about nature connection, and how to engage our young visitors. They are the heart and soul of our workshops!

Peter Demakos, aka Skunk, is one of our educators, and has these observations to share about our workshops and the other facilitators he works with.

Headshot of Peter Demakos, aka Skunk, one of our educators

These workshops aren’t your average P.D. Participants are invited to get their hands dirty, connect with their senses and engage in the type of experiential learning Evergreen has been offering children for decades.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s 5 reasons you would love our workshops based on participant feedback:

  1. “The leaders were friendly, approachable, and enthusiastic.”

Our team of facilitators includes certified teachers, outdoor educators, former mental health professionals and youth workers who all share a passion for connecting children with local nature. Participants find their knowledge and enthusiasm contagious!

  1. “I felt re-energized after the workshop”

Our approach is constantly evolving and grounded in the latest research on healthy child development. Risky play, natural loose parts and place-based education are just a few of the areas we strive to help incorporate into your practice.

  1. “Before this workshop I was not comfortable taking my Kindergarten students outside but I now I have the confidence and tools to do so

If taking your kids outside feels out of your comfort zone, our workshops will equip you with some first steps to build your confidence. With easy-to-learn games that connect to local wildlife and practical examples of how to bring nature indoors, our workshops are designed for educators of all skill levels.

  1. “I slept for hours right after getting home. It was so much fun and got us moving a lot.”

Like we said, this isn’t your typical P.D. workshop! Participants are invited to play place-based games, work with a variety of tools, experience an immersive and hands-on nature walk and get creative with natural loose parts such as logs, branches, bricks and rocks. You might sleep well afterwards!

  1. “The games were fun and easy to transfer to my class.”

All of our workshops aim to equip you with practical activities and approaches that educators can use anywhere. We want to help you make healthy risk taking and nature-based learning happen everywhere from a ravine to a parking lot.

We hope to see you at one of our workshops soon!