Outdoor Learning & Play

Professional Development for Educators

Experience professional learning in our inspiring Urban Outdoor Play and Learning Labs

Experiential outdoor learning on and off your school grounds

Experience a professional learning workshop designed for K-12 Teachers and Early Childhood Educators who are interested in learning how (and why!) they can incorporate innovative nature-focused learning approaches into their everyday practice.

Evergreen facilitators will engage participants in a creative sampling of activities and inquiry-based approaches in our imaginative outdoor play and learning environment, and will integrate practical natural learning connections to the current Ontario Curriculum.

Kids climbing on a fence in their schoolyard.What are the key elements of our approach?

  • Place-based
  • Play-based
  • Ecological
  • Hands-on
  • Arts-infused

Upcoming Workshops

Here are our scheduled workshops for 2017. Stay tuned for next year's workshop dates!

Students walking through tall grass. (Credit: Sammy Tangir)

Well-Being in the Outdoors

What does being present in nature mean to you? At this workshop you will learn how mindfulness based practices such as nature walks, meditation, yoga, mindful eating and journaling can improve your everyday experiences with children and young people, and begin to think about how to incorporate them into your personal and professional life.

Ideal for: K–12 Teachers and ECEs

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, July 24, 9am–3pm

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Campers at Evergreen Adventure Camp (Photo Credit: Lyle Sadavoy)

Play and Learning in the Outdoors – Part One

This is a fun and creative introduction to activities such as nature games, storytelling, nature walks, loose parts and mindfulness. We work with you to “Take the learning back to your space!”

Ideal for: K–8 Teachers and ECEs

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 29, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, October 23, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Play and Learning in the Outdoors – Part Two

At this workshop you will learn planning approaches to problem solving and how to become an advocate for outdoor learning through arts, storytelling and games, and designing a loose parts kit.

Ideal for: K–8 Teachers and ECEs

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, October 20, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Thursday, December 7, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Two children balancing on a log. (Photo Credit: Mike Derblich)

Play and Learning in the Outdoors – Exploring the Benefits of Risk in Play

This workshop addresses your challenges and successes about risky play in the outdoors. Learn about the benefits of risk assessment tools.

Ideal for: K–8 Teachers and ECEs

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 30, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Students planting (Photo Credit: Mike Derblich)

Bring Your Outdoor Space to Life

Are you interested in outdoor classrooms, vegetable, or wildflower gardens? Learn practical activities to build your knowledge around stewardship and taking care of your space.

Ideal for: K–12 Teachers

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 12, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Students planting at Royal Vale School, Montreal

How to Design Your Outdoor Space

Take a deep dive into re-imagining your outdoor space. Learn proven approaches for engaging children and youth in the design process, test drive them in our outdoor labs, and get drawing!

Ideal for: K–12 Teachers

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 20, 8:30am–3:30pm

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High school students planting (Photo credit: Lisa Prinn)

Community Connections

Learn how to lead community engagement approaches with your students, including participatory community projects such as creating healthy communities and starting school ground greening projects.

Ideal for: Secondary School Teachers

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, November 10, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Where

Workshops are held at Evergreen Brick Works. See how to get here.

Fees and Registration

The price per attendee is $110 (+HST), which includes a light lunch.

Participants will also receive:

  • Evergreen Educators Certificate
  • Evergreen Resource Guide
  • Pre-workshop reading materials (via email)

Note: The July workshops are $100 (+HST) including a light lunch

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For more information, please contact Paula Gallo at pgallo@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x253.