At the Compost Education Centre, we "grow soil." We grow nutrient dense healthy foods, and have biodiverse gardens, and that’s because we are concerned with the life that is within our soil. Soil is an extremely important part of the food system. And it’s often a forgotten piece of the puzzle.
The Kesho Trust, Sierra Club of BC and Royal Roads University are hosting a ten-year anniversary meeting with Richard Louv to look at critical initiatives related to getting children and families outside to experience and enjoy the many benefits of connecting with nature.
One of my favorite things to do with a class is to read them a story. I use stories as a way to introduce myself and to share an important key message about nature and our connection as people to nature. Stories enable children to get hooked and become engaged in a program.
As teachers we know that nature provides a more stimulating learning environment than the standard four-walled classroom, so why are we still stuck inside? With this question in mind, our Education Team has compiled a list of tips to help you feel more comfortable taking your own class outdoors.
Going Wild! Nature and Play was designed to get kindergarten students engaged and excited about nature in their own school community. What better way than to facilitate a program that allows students to explore through touching, smelling, looking and listening to unique nature items such as deer jaw bones, moon snails, bracket fungus and local native plants.
Children spend less and less time in contact with the natural world and this is having a huge impact on their health and development.