Engaging (Urban) Youth in Outdoor Education
Presenter: Keith Williams
Tuesday, January 13th 2015 7:30-8:30pm EST
Envirothon – what? why? how?
Presenter: Jessica Kaknevicius
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 7:30-8-30pm EST
Envirothon is one of North America’s largest outdoor environmental competitions – reaching over 500,000 students each year in 57 US states and Canadian provinces. The program aims to give high school students the opportunity to directly interact with the natural world and learn important skills directly from those working in the natural resources. With many students becoming disconnected from the environment, this program offers a new way for teenagers to get engaged and explore potential future career pathways. Learn how you can get involved in Envirothon, and what it can do for your students.
Jessica Kaknevicius has worked at Forests Ontario (previously the Ontario Forestry Association) since 2009, building the organization’s education and awareness programs. Her current focus is to dispel myths and broaden the understanding of sustainable forest management. Above all, Jessica is passionate about directly engaging youth and the public in learning about forest resources. She is the secretary for the Forest History Society of Ontario and a Young Conservation Professional graduate. Jessica has previously worked in community tree planting and restoration work, sustainable forest management auditing and research. She holds a Masters of Forest Conservation and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.
Presenter: Bob Coulter
Wednesday, January 28th 2015 7:30-8:30pm EST
Invasive Species: Towards a Deeper Understanding
Invasive species provide an exciting story for environmental educators. We have a villain (the bad invasives) and a victim (the poor helpless native species). Although this portrayal might capture a student’s attention, what is often lacking are the deeper ecological principles that come in to play. We will explore several myths often presented in the teaching about invasive species, and we explore alternative teaching scenarios that can be used as alternatives to these myths that can help students understand these deeper ecological principles.
Lisa Zinn teaches in the Sustainability and Environmental Education Department at Goshen College, in Goshen Indiana. She has worked in various aspects of environmental education for 18 years and currently teaches Natural History to students obtaining their Master’s degree in Environmental Education at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.
Jonathon Schramm also teaches in the SEED department at Goshen College and at Merry Lea. Among other courses, Jonathon teaches Principles of Environmental Education for the same graduate program in Environmental Education and Sustainability and Regeneration and Environmental Problem Solving to undergraduate students.
Presenter: Christine Voyer
Wednesday, February 25 2015 7:30-8:30pm EST
From creeping vines to munching beetles to pinching crabs, invasive species are on the move. Monitoring the spread and mitigating the impacts invasive species wreak can be daunting tasks for scientists and managers. They need classrooms and communities to help. As students and community members. contribute observations and expertise to invasive species citizen science efforts, they learn about local ecosystems, engage in science practices, and use 21st century skills like collaboration and problem solving. In this webinar, Christine Voyer will share resources and the steps needed to help engage.
Christine Voyer is science education program manager for the Vital Signs program at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She supports educators through professional development and curriculum development, and works with students and citizens on the ground and through the program’s website. Through Vital Signs, she is excited to help participants experience the fun, creativity, and critical importance of science. She is driven by a commitment to provide relevant and authentic experiences that inspire and empower learners to make a difference in the world. She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Cornell University, and a background in science research and teaching.
Presenter: Mariana Brussoni
Tuesday, March 10th 2015 7:30-8:30pm EST
Do we overprotect our children? Might our attempts to keep children safe actually do more harm than good? This webinar will consider these questions and what we might be able to do to restore balance. Mariana will share some tools for talking to parents, educators and others about the importance of risk taking, and will provide an example from her research showing the effects of good play space design on children’s behaviour.
Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and with the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. She is a developmental psychologist investigating parents’ perceptions of children’s risk engagement and safety, the influence of nature-based challenging play on child health and development, and promoting developmentally appropriate opportunities for children’s risky play.