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Virtually Outdoors

Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual nature-based excursion. 

Child watching Evergreen outdoor educator video on laptop

Registration for Virtually Outdoors, en Français is now open! Register now to reserve your spot for 2023.

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Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual excursion that will connect students to the natural world. 

These programs are offered on any digital platform including Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams and can be adapted to both in-class and virtual school. 

We are pleased to now be offering Virtually Outdoors to schools across Ontario and for free for all public schools!  

Program Offerings

Virtually Outdoors is a live virtual program led by Evergreen facilitators. The grade-specific programs below are curriculum-linked and nature-based. 

Sessions run for 1.5 hours for Grades 1-8 and 1 hour for Kindergarten. You can choose the 9:00 am time slot or 1:00 pm time slot. The maximum number of participants is 60 per program.  

 

New! Starting in January 2023, Virtually Outdoors, en Français will allow French Immersion and French Language School students in Grades 1-8 to experience the Virtually Outdoors program, while deepening their French communication skills. Registration now open!  

Check out our program offerings in both English and French below.  

Junior and Senior Kindergarten

Animal Adventures: Join Evergreen Educators for a fun, participatory online adventure where we’ll use inquiry and observation to explore a variety of local animals and their basic needs! Through imaginative games and storytelling, we’ll celebrate nature and ignite your class’s inner sense of wonder, encouraging empathy towards one another and the natural world through sharing and reflection. 

Grades One to Three

Nature Explorers: From towering oak trees housing sleeping creatures, to salmon swimming in our rivers, we are surrounded by living things! With curiosity as our guide, we’ll use math and literacy-based approaches to explore and learn about the habitats at our doorsteps. Students will get in touch with their own animal senses and play nature detectives on a virtual adventure as they seek out evidence of nature all around them and learn to care for the local environment! 

Explorateurs de la nature: Nous sommes entourés d’êtres vivants! Avec la curiosité comme guide, nous utiliserons des approches basées sur les mathématiques et la littératie pour explorer et apprendre à connaître les habitats qui se trouvent à nos portes. Les élèves seront en contact avec leurs propres sens animaux et joueront les détectives de la nature dans une aventure virtuelle. Ils chercheront des preuves de la nature tout autour d’eux et apprendront à prendre soin de l’environnement local!   

Grades Four to Six

Everything is Connected: Everything in the natural world is connected by a myriad of relationships. This digital excursion is all about exploring these connections while fostering a sense of place and belonging. Find out how plants, insects, birds and humans share energy, habitats and are linked by complex and inspiring food webs and life cycles. Through a virtual hike, shared stories, and live polls and games, students will explore different perspectives on biodiversity and human impact while learning how they can help nature thrive. 

Tout est lié: Tout dans le monde naturel est relié par une myriade de relations. Cette excursion virtuelle a pour but d’explorer ces liens et de cultiver un sentiment d’appartenance. Découvrez comment les plantes, les insectes, les oiseaux et les humains partagent l’énergie et les habitats, et comment ils sont liés par des réseaux alimentaires et des cycles de vie complexes et inspirants. A travers une randonnée virtuelle, des histoires partagées, des sondages et des jeux, les élèves exploreront différentes perspectives sur la biodiversité et l’incidence de l’humain tout en apprenant comment ils peuvent aider la nature à prospérer.    

Grades Seven to Eight

Water Ways: Creeks, wetlands, rivers and lakes are the source of life. Healthy watersheds are critical to biodiversity and impact all of us through the water we drink, grow our food with, bathe in and more. Learn about what makes for healthy watersheds, their origins and how we can all contribute to ensuring they remain healthy into the future. Join us as we push the boundaries of indoor virtual excursions in pursuit of watershed-based learning and share with students an inspiring vision for how they can care for their waterways and the life that inhabits them for future generations. 

Les cours d’eau: Les ruisseaux, les zones humides, les rivières et les lacs sont source de vie. Les bassins versants sains sont essentiels à la biodiversité et ont une incidence sur chacun d’entre nous par le biais de l’eau que nous buvons, de celle qui sert à cultiver nos aliments, de celle dans laquelle nous nous baignons, etc. Découvrez les caractéristiques d’un bassin versant sain, ses origines et comment nous pouvons tous contribuer à ce qu’il demeure en santé pour l’avenir. Rejoignez-nous alors que nous repoussons les limites des excursions virtuelles intérieures dans le but d’apprendre à connaître les bassins versants et de partager avec les élèves une vision inspirante de la manière dont ils peuvent prendre soin de leurs cours d’eau et de la vie qui les habite pour les générations futures.   

Rates

For Public Schools: We are now pleased to offer fully subsidized (free) programming to all public schools in the province of Ontario!  

For Independent Schools: $300/program  

You are welcome to pair up with another class from your school to split the cost!    

Payment, Refund & Cancellation Policies

PAYMENT POLICY: 

Full program payment is due no later than 7 days prior to your program date. Payments made less than 7 days prior to the program date are subject to a $50 late fee.  

CANCELLATION POLICY: 

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to school@evergreen.ca. 

Any cancellations made within 14 days of the program are subject to a $50 administrative fee, with the exception of bursary programs which will be charged $25. Cancellations within 24 hours of program start time or no shows will be charged in full.  

Administrative fees will still be charged for cancellations made by clients or Evergreen due to inclement weather including flooding, changing public health regulations or COVID-19 related closures. Programs rebooked for a later date will have administrative fees waived. 

REFUND POLICY: 

Programs cancelled within 14 days will receive a full refund of any payments minus the applicable administrative fee.  

Programs cancelled within 24 hours will not be issued a refund.  
Up to 14 days before your program date, any paid in-person program may be exchanged for a paid virtual program if payment has not yet been received.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I combine classes? 

Yes! As long as the group size is limited to 60 students. 

Are program start and end times flexible? 

Yes, there is some flexibility with start and end times. Please reach out directly for specific details.  

Can you accommodate our recess time? 

Yes, please let us know your recess schedule in the designated section of the registration form. 

Can one class book multiple times?  

Yes, however they would be repeating the same program.  

Can I customize our virtual program?  

Unfortunately, customized virtual programs are not currently available, however if there are small adjustments (ie. key terms, connections to classroom activities) we can provide to help you meet your learning goals, please feel free to indicate these on your application and we will do our best to accommodate. 

I’m not with a school, can I still apply for a virtual program?  

Yes. We accept all education groups, including learning centres, home school groups and learning pods. 

Contact Us

If you have questions about the program, please contact us at school@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x289