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Outdoor Play in the Early Years – Connections for Learning, Well-being and Nature

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Facilitator(s): Christina Pickles
Date:March 19, 2018
Time:1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-EL-151

Target Audience

Pre-K to Grade 2 Teachers, Administrators, Educational Assistants, Parents and other School-based Staff

Dress comfortably for the weather and plan for active participation throughout the afternoon. Activity booklets will be available for sale.

About this learning opportunity

"Play is the work of the child", and one of our key roles as educators is to create spaces that allow unstructured play that stimulates and engages young children, allowing them to directly experience the natural world as they follow ants and smell the flowers. Research shows that children who play outside in nature in the company of a caring adult – YOU! are more likely to practice responsible environmental behavior when they grow up.

In this interactive session, you will learn about the research and benefits of active outdoor nature play, consider how to weave this in your teaching/parenting and come away with practical ideas to incorporate into your practice. Come prepared to go outside!

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator since 1998, and has been a Program Manager with ACEE since 2010. Her responsibilities with ACEE include leading our Get Outside and Play program, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops to environmental education agencies and teachers, designing ACEE's conferences, and supporting environmental education communities of practice. Prior to joining ACEE she completed a geography degree at the University of Calgary, delivered education programs for Ducks Unlimited, worked with the University of Calgary delivering and developing residential school programs, and spent two years in Edmonton with Alberta Environment.

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