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Professional Development for Educators

Professional development workshops for teachers and early childhood educators interested in outdoor learning and play for students.

Teacher conducting a class in an outdoor garden.

It’s time to get outside with the children in your life! At all our creative outdoor experiences, Kindergarten – Grade 12 teachers and Early Childhood Educators will explore nature-focused and experiential teaching and learning practices. Our workshop series, Nature Play in the Outdoors, will equip you with inquiry and play-based approaches that are easy to implement right away.

Kids climbing on a fence in their schoolyard.

This year we have three new workshops, including Indigenous Connections, Urban Agriculture and the Power of Local Partnerships, Getting Outside in Winter, and Nature Play 2.0. You’ll leave with curriculum-connected and child-friendly activities that will inspire you to get outside!

Find out how outdoor learning enhances physical and mental health, resiliency and social skills, and how these approaches directly support Ontario curriculum and education policies. At our workshops, you’ll take part in innovative Outdoor Learning Labs that will enrich your relationships with children, build social cohesion and support both child and educator well-being. At the end of the day, you’ll leave with a certificate and resources to help put your new lessons into action.

Download our workshop flyer to post in your school or share with your colleagues and friends!

Also, make sure to register for our Outdoor Classroom newsletter for classroom resources, workshops and more. 

Upcoming Workshops

Registration for 2019/2020 is now open!

Children holding log above their heads.

Nature Play Spaces and Loose Parts

Dive into ‘loose parts play,’ nature games, and storytelling – activities that you can use right away. Explore child-friendly, creative and cost-effective approaches to setting up your outdoor Nature Play Space. We can help you make it happen!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 — 8:30am–3:00pm
  • Friday, February 7, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm
  • ** Saturday, November 23, 2019 — 10:00am–3:00pm
  • ** Saturday, April 25, 2020 — 10:00am–3:00pm

** Note: On the Saturday workshops, you will go deep into the world of loose parts! Explore more activities and ways to use these natural materials in your classroom, childcare centre or even off-site on nature walks in your neighbourhood! You will learn how to create, source and store loose parts, and go home with a small kit of your own.

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

Champions for Outdoor Play and Learning

Explore how storytelling and games can connect children to nature. Reflect on your experiences, and learn approaches and language that will help you build support for your outdoor practice with fellow educators, administrators and parents.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, March 8, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm

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

Adventurous Play for Healthy Child Development

Get ready to go deep in assessing the benefits of risk in the outdoors and how to build adventure into your day. Learn how to use tools with children and how you can incorporate risk benefit assessment into daily routines.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, May 6, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm
  • Friday, June 12, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm

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

Indigenous Foodways, Urban Agriculture and The Power of Local Partnerships**

This hands-on workshop explores Indigenous foodways.  Tour Evergreen's gardens that showcase traditional medicines and food growing techniques. Join us in the kitchen as we prepare and share traditional dishes. Local Indigenous leaders will share how gardening and cooking can be powerful acts of reconciliation in the school and classroom. You will also learn about the newly created Wonscotonach Park and the transformative potential of partnerships.

Note: Due to the nature of the food program and the inclusion of Indigenous leaders, the cost of the workshop is $150, and is not part of the three session promotion.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, October 18, 2019 — 8:30am–3:00pm
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm

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

Outdoor Play and Learning 2.0

This workshop is a refresher for those who have already participated in our workshops. It is focused on taking participants to the next level in terms of their Nature Play and Learning toolkits, while re-establishing effective nature connection routines and approaches. You will learn about the power of Child-Friendly Participatory Design and how to implement this innovative and inclusive approach at your school or childcare centre. Prerequisite: participants must have completed at least two of our previous workshops.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm

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Children play in the Children's Garden in winter.

Getting Outside in Winter

Winter is often seen as the most challenging time of the year to get outside with children, but with good planning and preparation it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Join our facilitators as they share their expertise in making winter with kids safe, fun and comfortable. We’ll explore seasonal activities focused on getting the most out of snow, cold and ice and lay the groundwork for you to get outside this winter with confidence.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 — 8:30am–3:00pm

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Where

Workshops are held at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario. See how to get here.

Fees and Registration

The price per attendee is $130 (+HST) for individual workshops, or $360 (+HST) for three workshops (use promotional code 3SESSION when registering).

All workshops include a light lunch.

Participants will also receive:

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

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

Cancellation Policy

We require 10 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled workshop date. If you cancel within that time limit you will be charged $25, which is required to cover our administration costs.


If you are interested in having a professional learning opportunity delivered at another location or event, please contact us at pdworkshops@evergreen.ca.