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Professional Development for Educators

Professional development workshops for K-12 Educators interested in outdoor learning and play for students.

Join us at Evergreen Brick Works for a creative and curriculum-connected outdoor experience, learning how to incorporate nature-focused and experiential approaches into your school, classroom or childcare centre.

Kids climbing on a fence in their schoolyard.

At our workshops you will experience inquiry and play-based activities that are easy to implement, and will inspire you to get outside with children and youth! You will learn about the benefits of outdoor learning, including enhancing physical and mental health, resiliency and social skills, and how these approaches directly support the Ontario Curriculum and key policy documents.

Your day spent in our innovative Outdoor Learning Labs will enrich your relationships with children, and support student, teacher, early childhood educator and family well-being, and includes a certificate and resource guide.

Upcoming Workshops

Children holding log above their heads.

Imaginative Games and Loose Parts Play – Part One

Dive into nature games and story-telling in this fun and creative intro to outdoor learning. We’ll work with you to “take the learning back to your space” by guiding you through nature walks, ‘loose parts’ play and mindfulness activities.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, January 26, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Friday, March 23, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Friday, May 11, 8:30am–3:30pm

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

Storytelling and Creative Spaces – Part 2

Learn problem-solving planning approaches and how to become a champion for outdoor learning. You’ll explore how arts, story-telling, and games support curriculum and how to design a “loose parts play kit,” or plan an approach that works best for your space.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, February 23, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, April 9, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, June 4, 8:30am–3:30pm

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

The Benefits of Risk in Play – Part 3

Learn to address the challenges and benefits that come from risky play in the outdoors. Explore the latest research about the benefits of risk and learn to use risk assessment tools on a daily basis.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, March 9, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Friday, April 20, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, June 11, 8:30am–3:30pm

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Want to share these workshops with your coworkers, friends, and other educators? Download the flyer (PDF, 172KB). 

Where

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

Fees and Registration

The price per attendee is $110 (+HST) for individual workshops, or $300 (+HST) for all three workshops (use Promo Code 3SESSION when registering). Upon completion of the three workshops you will receive a Play and Learning in the Outdoors certificate and an invitation to a special Evergreen celebration.

All workshops include a light lunch.

Participants will also receive:

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

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Note: Please come prepared for the weather as we will be outside until lunch.

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