OSEE PD Day Worshops

Saturday, May 27 at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, Peterborough ON

Alphabetical listing of workshops.  Click on title to be taken to its description.

Activities for the Anthropocene
Chris Clovis | Population Connection | Intermediate-Senior | Indoor

Deal with it – Ontario
Bonnie Anderson | Peel District School Board | Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Discovering Nature In Spring
Drew Monkman & Jacob Rodenburg | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor

Feeding the Future : Growing School Gardens & Seed Libraries
Jacob Kearey-Moreland | Toronto Seed Library / The Seed Library Commons | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor

Pathway to Stewardship
Jacob Rodenburg | Camp Kawartha | General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Pollinator Power: How To Bring Pollinators To Your Schoolyard
Vicky An & Rachel Stewart | Toronto Region Conservation Authority | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor

Trees & Citizen Science
Mike McMillan | Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER) | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor


Deal with it – Ontario

Bonnie Anderson | Peel District School Board | Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

 Presenter Bio

Bonnie Anderson has done many things and this is just one of them. Come and learn with a sense of humour.

 Workshop Description

Play games and learn the difference between perceived and actual risk. There are things you need to know when going out and this is the best way to learn.  Best for grades 4 to secondary.  Good for new Canadians to learn what can happen when you go outside.

Trees & Citizen Science

Mike McMillan | Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER) | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor

Presenter Bio

Mike McMillan has a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and has over 5 years of experience working for education-based charities. Since joining ACER in 2015, Mike has experienced the benefits of working with community groups outdoors to improve our connection to nature and to one another. Mike loves trees and enjoys sharing that passion with others.

Workshop Description

Learn how to introduce your students to topics of climate change, math, and science through planting, measuring and/or reporting data on trees in your schoolyard or community. We’ll create a quick DIY device for measuring the “diameter at breast height” of a tree. Then we’ll go on a hike through the woods to share our collective tree ID tips and tricks and to measure a tree.  We will also discuss how you can get your students involved in ACER’s Citizen Science training program where they will be able to earn Mozilla Open Badges for activities such as identifying trees and reporting growth and health data. The training platform is based on Participatory Action Research (PAR) in which citizen scientists are concurrently acquiring knowledge, participating in hands-on stewardship, and conducting research. The program is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is set to launch in the spring of 2017.

Activities for the Anthropocene

Chris Clovis | Population Connection | Intermediate-Senior | Indoor

Presenter Bio

Dr. Chris Clovis is a recently retired secondary science teacher. Prior to returning to the K-12 classroom, he was Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Windsor. He holds the following academic degrees: B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from Chelsea College. Since 2001, he has facilitated 75 professional development workshops for teachers and future teachers using Population Connection teaching materials.

Workshop Description

Scientists are now referring to our current geological age as “The Anthropocene” to emphasize the impact that humans have had on the land, seas, climate and wildlife over the past 200 years. In fact, as our species’ population has grown from barely a billion to over 7 billion since the Industrial Revolution, human settlements and natural resource use have changed the planet’s physical geography and ecosystems. Teaching about the Anthropocene integrates life sciences with world history and geography, making for interdisciplinary lessons rich in content, real-world data and problem-solving challenges.  In this hands-on session, discover classroom activities and interactive online resources to help students explore different aspects of the Anthropocene including human population growth, climate change, changes in biodiversity and land use. The presented activities build knowledge and skills in life and social sciences, while applying learning to authentic problems. Activity formats include data analysis and interpretation, modeling and group problem-solving. The presenter will also engage the group with new online, interactive media that combines social science platforms (mapping and historical timelines) with environmental themes.

Pollinator Power: How To Bring Pollinators To Your Schoolyard

Vicky An & Rachel Stewart | Toronto Region Conservation Authority | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor

Presenter Bios

Vicky An is the Project Manager of Professional Development at Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). She runs a program called the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada (MTN of Canada), which offers a series of hands-on workshops for educators that connect people to nature through explorations of art and the Monarch butterfly.

Rachel Stewart is an Education Coordinator with TRCA. She works with schools in Peel on the Ontario EcoSchools program, frequently supporting their school ground greening projects. In 2015 she produced the guide, “Digging It: A Guide for Greening School Grounds in Peel Region”.

Workshop Description

Do bees get you buzzing? Are birds your besties? Do you get butterflies thinking about…butterflies? Join us in this informative and fun hands-on session, where we will investigate the important role of pollinators and look at factors that threaten their populations. We will discuss citizen science activities that connect your students with real scientific monitoring projects, and learn how to create a pollinator habitat to support biodiversity. Participants will also have a chance to explore citizen science apps on digital devices, build their own simple bee condo and make milkweed seed balls.

Discovering Nature In Spring

Drew Monkman & Jacob Rodenburg | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor

Presenter Bios

Drew Monkman is an award-winning environmental advocate, naturalist, writer and retired elementary teacher. He writes a weekly nature column in the Peterborough Examiner and is the author of Nature’s Year: Changing Seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario and co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities (June, 2016). Visit his website at drewmonkman.com

Jacob Rodenburg is the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha Summer Camp and Outdoor Education Centre. He also teaches at Trent University and has published numerous articles on children and nature. Jacob has worked in the field of outdoor education for 25 years. He is the co-author of the “Big Book of Nature Activities’ (June, 2016)

Workshop Description

A short PowerPoint presentation will provide an overview of the sounds and sights of spring in the Kawarthas. This will be followed by a few indoor activities such as a classroom bird or frog chorus. Next, we will head outside for more fun activities related to the signs of spring we come across on our walk through several habitat types. We will emphasize using the five senses and how to open children’s eyes to the wonder of evolution. Many of the activities will be taken from our “Big Book of Nature Activities” which was published in June, 2016.

Pathway to Stewardship

Jacob Rodenburg | Camp Kawartha | General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Presenter Bio

Jacob is the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award winning outdoor education centre and summer camp. The camp operates as a residential outdoor centre, a summer camp and as an innovative environmental centre. He holds a teaching certificate and a Master’s in Education. He has worked in the field of outdoor education and camping for 30 years. Jacob has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment and has coauthored a book on nature activities throughout the seasons with Drew Monkman called the Big Book of Nature Activities, by New Society Publishers. Collaborating with community leaders from education, public health and local conservation groups, Jacob is working to establish an environmental framework for our community. The framework will articulate key benchmarks and experiences all children should have access to throughout their development in order to become environmental stewards.

Workshop Description

How do we raise engaged environmental stewards in our community? Who is responsible for this? In this interactive workshop, we’ll share the findings of a unique approach to environmental education being developed in Peterborough, Ontario called “The Pathway to Stewardship.” This is a community-based strategy that provides a guide and a road-map towards stewardship based on every stage of a child’s development. Using a series of benchmarks, or goals for each age group (29 benchmarks in total), this strategy outlines key experiences that every child should have in order to become engaged stewards of their environment. It provides a framework for educators, parents, administrators and stakeholders to collectively foster tomorrow’s environmental stewards. We are hoping to receive input/feedback and suggestions from the collective wisdom of OSEE educators. This approach is being published in the World Watch’s State of the World Book being released in 2017 called EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet.

Feeding the Future : Growing School Gardens & Seed Libraries

Jacob Kearey-Moreland | Toronto Seed Library / The Seed Library Commons | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor

Presenter Bio

Jacob Kearey-Moreland is a lifelong gardener – as a baby on a balcony in Toronto, to a toddler in the garden on the family farm in Oro-Medonte, near Orillia Ontario, growing food is always on his mind. As a founder of the Orillia Community Gardens, and co-founder of the Toronto Seed Library, Jacob is knowledgeable about the diverse opportunities and challenges with growing school gardens and seed libraries, among other community food growing initiatives. In addition Jacob is a writer, public speaker, musician, policy person and former non-affiliated “Cooperative Interdependent” candidate for parliament. He believes in growing good food, while saving and sharing seeds is critical to the regeneration of the commons necessary for human and other life to thrive on Earth.

Workshop Description

Growing, saving and sharing seeds is critical to the regeneration of our ecosystems, biological and cultural diversity, as well as promoting holistic health, food security and sovereignty. Learn from a passionate and inspired People’s Gardener about the growing agri-cultural revolution happening in school yards and backyards across the world. Glean insights into starting, growing and sustaining your community food growing initiative in your school and other living spaces. Learn the basics of seed starting, seed saving and seed sharing through school gardens and seed libraries and how to define and ensure a successful long term project. Bring your seeds, questions and experiences to share as we grow and learn together in SOILidarity.