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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.

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.

Nature Play Spaces and Loose Parts – Part 1

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

Upcoming 2017–2018 Dates:

  • Friday, May 11, 8:30am–3:30pm

Upcoming 2018–2019 Dates:

  • Monday, October 22,  8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, February 25, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, March 4,  8:30am–3:30pm
  • Saturday, March 30, 10am–3pm (At this workshop you will be creating and taking home a Small Worlds Loose Parts Kit!)
  • Monday, April 8, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, May 27, 8:30am–3:30pm

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

Champions for Outdoor Play and Learning – Part 2

Explore how story-telling and games 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 and parents.

Upcoming 2018–2019 Dates:

  • Monday, November 19, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, March 25, 8:30am–3:30pm

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

Risky and Adventurous Play – Part 3

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 2018–2019 Dates:

  • Monday, December 10, 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Monday, June 10, 8:30am–3:30pm

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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 $120 (+HST) for individual workshops, or $320 (+HST) for all three workshops (use promotional 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.


If you are interested in having a professional learning opportunity delivered at another location or event, please contact Paula Gallo at pgallo@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x253.