Adult Programs

​"Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. 
David Polis
 

If you’re a parent or educator who’s interested in outdoor or early childhood education and nature connection, we welcome you to our adult programs. Looking for a workshop in the Metro Vancouver area? Use this page to find out what opportunities we have coming up.

 

Please contact us to learn more about what we can offer, or join our mailing list to stay informed about future adult courses and professional development opportunities.

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Workshops 2020

 
 

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans Kids

January 23rd, 2019 7PM-8PM
Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans Kids

How can we create and seek out inclusive learning spaces for our children? Join us for an evening of thoughtful conversation.

Ann Travers, Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University and author of * The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (And Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution*, will speak about their research with trans kids and draw attention to the ways in which organizing children's spaces and activities on the basis of binary gender categories places trans and gender nonconforming kids in crisis. Audience members will be encouraged to brainstorm ways that spaces and activities can be organized to be more inclusive for all children.

When: Thursday, January 23rd 7:00-8:00PM

​Where:  Delbrook Community Centre: Oak Room

Cost: $20

Facilitator

Ann Travers


Dr. Ann Travers is a Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.  Their recent book, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution, situates trans kids in Canada and the US, white settler nations characterized by significant social inequality.  They are also the Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant titled ”Gender Vectors of the GVA: using video game technology to assess social safety nets for transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth in the lower mainland."  In addition to a central research focus on transgender children and youth, Dr. Travers has published extensively on the relationship between sport and social justice, with particular emphasis on the inclusion and exclusion of women, queer and trans people of all ages.  Such publications include “Women’s Ski Jumping, the 2010 Olympic Games and the Deafening Silences of Sex Segregation, Whiteness and Wealth,” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues; “Queering Sport: Lesbian Softball Leagues and the Transgender Challenge,” in International Review for the Sociology of Sport,” co-authored with Jillian Deri; and “The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice,” in Studies in Social Justice Journal.  Travers’ first book, entitled Writing the Public in Cyberspace: Redefining Inclusion On the Net, released in 2000, is an analysis of the ways in which equity of participation is inhibited in public spaces fostered by new information technologies.  Ann Travers has been appointed Deputy Editor of the journal, Gender & Society.

THE BOX-CIRCLE EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISE

February 8th, 2020 9:30AM - 1:00PM
The Box-Circle Experiential Exercise

THE BOX-CIRCLE EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISE

Presented by IndigenEYEZ

Hosted by Fresh Air Learning

This workshop addresses cultural sensitivity, the history of colonization, and supporting critical work to advance anti oppressive, inclusive practice. It will take time to explore the effects of Residential Schools and Canada's Policy of Assimilation and how we can work together to impact meaningful change.

The teachings inform the participants of the key components of the experiential exercise while
also discussing historical information.  Roles, responsibilities, relationships, and gender of the Indigenous circle worldview will be reviewed.  Communication, protocols, and politics of the traditional circle will also be presented. The workshop will give participants the information and support necessary to use this experiential exercise creatively in their own unique way.

The exercise is to be used in a traditional respectful manner (orally, rather written down/lectured); it needs to be carefully led and thoroughly debriefed by facilitators because of its powerful nature.

When: Saturday, February 8th 9:30AM-1:00PM

​Where:  Delbrook Community Centre - Maple Room

Cost: $50

Facilitators

IndigenEYEZ

As Indigenous people, our capacity for healthy relationships is in recovery. That is why our programs focus on strengthening four essential relationships: with self, with others, with nature, and with culture.

Our holistic approach engages the heart and the mind. We draw on the land and the awareness that nature offers, to enhance our sens­es and intuitions.

 

We encourage communities to explore their own cultures and to think deeply about what tradi­tional values mean in the contemporary world.

Introduction to Forest School

February 29th & March 1st 2020
Introduction to Forest School

Introduction to Forest School Weekend

Fresh Air Learning is pleased to present a forest school professional development weekend! If you're a practicing early childhood educator, primary teacher, an education student, or someone who's curious about the philosophy and practice of forest school, we welcome you to our Introduction to Forest School weekend on Saturday February 29th and Sunday March 1st.

*What You'll Learn*

The weekend is a combination of theory and practice. Learn how the philosophy of forest school is different from other outdoor learning philosophies, and learn techniques for guiding children with and without teacher-led activities. Explore and understand how to choose or construct an outdoor environment that is rich in learning opportunities.

We'll spend time outdoors playing and learning in the park, and you'll come back with hands-on ideas to incorporate into your own program. Participants will actively engage in and learn different ways of interacting with children as they connect with local ecosystems. We'll enjoy learning about storytelling, knots and tarps, tracking, and more!

When: Saturday February 29th & March 1st 9:30-3:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $185

Teachers

Tricia Edgar

 

Tricia is passionate about connecting people with natural places.  For more than 20 years, she has worked as a nature educator, developing programs that explore the streams, forests, plants and animals of the temperate rainforest. She is a permaculture teacher and a writer who focuses on science and sustainability. When she is not working and learning and writing about the outdoors, you can find her hanging out with her daughter, running, gardening, or caring for her menagerie of pets. She enjoys traveling to amazing natural places and sharing them with her daughter. She also loves stomping in the mud!

Cara Agro

 

Cara was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Since moving to British Columbia Cara continues to be inspired by the beauty of this province. Cara is passionate about providing children with an opportunity to feel capable, confident and curious in the outdoors and hopes to help foster a sense of wonder and respect for our natural environment.  Cara believes that nature is our best teacher and that children deserve ample time to play and learn from the outdoors. 

 

Cara has a B.A. in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and completed the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Vancouver Community College.  She has worked in preschools and in private child care. In her spare time, Cara enjoys adventuring with family and friends and discovering as much of British Columbia as she can.

Daniella Roze

 

Daniella Roze M.Ed. specializes in transformative education through nature and place-based learning, leadership training, and ecopsychology. She works as a teacher and curriculum design specialist at Fresh Air Learning Elementary, and is the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  Through her life’s work, she supports others in recognizing their innate wholeness and aligning their lives with their deepest values.  Daniella holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counseling.  Drawing from extensive training through Wilderness Awareness School’s year-long Anake program, the School of Lost Borders’ month-long ecotherapy training program, Animas Valley Institute, and The Haven Centre for Transformative Learning, Daniella has studied and taught across North America.  The breadth of her training and experience has helped her to understand our interdependence and co-evolution with nature, and the importance of mutually-beneficial human-nature relationships.  For example, at age nineteen she joined One World Global Education and lived for six months in solidarity with Indigenous people of West Africa.  Following the program, she lived for five years off-grid while generating her own power, heating, and water systems, and built several cabins by hand.  As part of the Living Wild Project, she made her own deer skin clothing and tools in preparation for a month rite of passage experience spent traveling in the mountains while subsisting on wild foods.  Drawing from nature as her greatest teacher, Daniella supports people on the courageous journey of wholehearted living while working toward strengthening community and building resilient culture. 

Forest School Training 2020

August 19th - 23rd 2020
5 Days of Wonderful Outdoor Learning

Are you curious about the philosophy and practice of forest school? Join forest school educators from around Metro Vancouver and beyond for five days of outdoor learning that will include:


Forest school philosophy
Risk assessment, impact assessment, and site selection
Sharing songs and stories
Activities to help you bridge between structured learning and play-based learning
Hands-on basics such as ropes, tarps, knife work, weaving, and making cordage
Plant identification and activities that you can do with plants
Animal tracking
Nature connection practices such as nature journaling and sit spot


And much more. One of the best parts of the week is meeting enthusiastic educators like yourself who are keen to share!

When: Wednesday August 19th - 23rd 9:30-4:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $660

Teachers

Tricia Edgar

 

Tricia is passionate about connecting people with natural places.  For more than 20 years, she has worked as a nature educator, developing programs that explore the streams, forests, plants and animals of the temperate rainforest. She is a permaculture teacher and a writer who focuses on science and sustainability. When she is not working and learning and writing about the outdoors, you can find her hanging out with her daughter, running, gardening, or caring for her menagerie of pets. She enjoys traveling to amazing natural places and sharing them with her daughter. She also loves stomping in the mud!

Cara Agro

 

Cara was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Since moving to British Columbia Cara continues to be inspired by the beauty of this province. Cara is passionate about providing children with an opportunity to feel capable, confident and curious in the outdoors and hopes to help foster a sense of wonder and respect for our natural environment.  Cara believes that nature is our best teacher and that children deserve ample time to play and learn from the outdoors. 

 

Cara has a B.A. in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and completed the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Vancouver Community College.  She has worked in preschools and in private child care. In her spare time, Cara enjoys adventuring with family and friends and discovering as much of British Columbia as she can.

Daniella Roze

 

Daniella Roze M.Ed. specializes in transformative education through nature and place-based learning, leadership training, and ecopsychology. She works as a teacher and curriculum design specialist at Fresh Air Learning Elementary, and is the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  Through her life’s work, she supports others in recognizing their innate wholeness and aligning their lives with their deepest values.  Daniella holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counseling.  Drawing from extensive training through Wilderness Awareness School’s year-long Anake program, the School of Lost Borders’ month-long ecotherapy training program, Animas Valley Institute, and The Haven Centre for Transformative Learning, Daniella has studied and taught across North America.  The breadth of her training and experience has helped her to understand our interdependence and co-evolution with nature, and the importance of mutually-beneficial human-nature relationships.  For example, at age nineteen she joined One World Global Education and lived for six months in solidarity with Indigenous people of West Africa.  Following the program, she lived for five years off-grid while generating her own power, heating, and water systems, and built several cabins by hand.  As part of the Living Wild Project, she made her own deer skin clothing and tools in preparation for a month rite of passage experience spent traveling in the mountains while subsisting on wild foods.  Drawing from nature as her greatest teacher, Daniella supports people on the courageous journey of wholehearted living while working toward strengthening community and building resilient culture. 

Forest School Training 2020:

Skills Weekend Workshop

August 22nd - 23rd 2020
Skills Weekend Workshop

Do you want to join the outdoor learning fun for two days in August? Join us for our Skills Weekend. You'll learn:
Hands-on basics such as ropes, tarps, knife work, weaving, and making cordage
Plant identification and activities that you can do with plants
Animal tracking

When: Saturday & Sunday August 22nd - 23rd 9:30-4:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $185

Teachers

Tricia Edgar

 

Tricia is passionate about connecting people with natural places.  For more than 20 years, she has worked as a nature educator, developing programs that explore the streams, forests, plants and animals of the temperate rainforest. She is a permaculture teacher and a writer who focuses on science and sustainability. When she is not working and learning and writing about the outdoors, you can find her hanging out with her daughter, running, gardening, or caring for her menagerie of pets. She enjoys traveling to amazing natural places and sharing them with her daughter. She also loves stomping in the mud!

Daniella Roze

 

Daniella Roze M.Ed. specializes in transformative education through nature and place-based learning, leadership training, and ecopsychology. She works as a teacher and curriculum design specialist at Fresh Air Learning Elementary, and is the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  Through her life’s work, she supports others in recognizing their innate wholeness and aligning their lives with their deepest values.  Daniella holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counseling.  Drawing from extensive training through Wilderness Awareness School’s year-long Anake program, the School of Lost Borders’ month-long ecotherapy training program, Animas Valley Institute, and The Haven Centre for Transformative Learning, Daniella has studied and taught across North America.  The breadth of her training and experience has helped her to understand our interdependence and co-evolution with nature, and the importance of mutually-beneficial human-nature relationships.  For example, at age nineteen she joined One World Global Education and lived for six months in solidarity with Indigenous people of West Africa.  Following the program, she lived for five years off-grid while generating her own power, heating, and water systems, and built several cabins by hand.  As part of the Living Wild Project, she made her own deer skin clothing and tools in preparation for a month rite of passage experience spent traveling in the mountains while subsisting on wild foods.  Drawing from nature as her greatest teacher, Daniella supports people on the courageous journey of wholehearted living while working toward strengthening community and building resilient culture. 

Cara Agro

 

Cara was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Since moving to British Columbia Cara continues to be inspired by the beauty of this province. Cara is passionate about providing children with an opportunity to feel capable, confident and curious in the outdoors and hopes to help foster a sense of wonder and respect for our natural environment.  Cara believes that nature is our best teacher and that children deserve ample time to play and learn from the outdoors. 

 

Cara has a B.A. in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and completed the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Vancouver Community College.  She has worked in preschools and in private child care. In her spare time, Cara enjoys adventuring with family and friends and discovering as much of British Columbia as she can.

Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey

7 Sunday Sessions (and one campout):Sept 29th - May 24th
Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey

The Wild Wisdom program weaves together nature-based skills and crafts, community building, meaningful conversation, mentorship, song, games, engagement of the senses, personal reflection, solo time, ecotherapy practices, and ceremony.

When: Sundays: Sept 29th, Oct 27, Nov 24, January 26, Feb 23, March 29, April 26, May 23-24 (overnight campout)

Time: 9:00-4:00

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Campout Location: Squamish

Cost: $750 *Bring a friend promo! Register with a friend and both receive 10% off!)

Course Outline:

Deepen your relationship to nature, community, and self through an 8-month transformative nature-connection experience. The program weaves together personal reflection, meaningful conversation, nature-based skills and crafts, engagement of the senses, song, games, solo time, community building, mentorship, and ceremony.

September 29 - Nature-connection: Autumn wild fiber plants and cordage

October 27 - Weaving stories from the Land: Decolonization and reconciliation

November 24 - Carving: Honoring trees and ancestors

January 26 - Return of the Light: friction fire and ceremony

February 23 - Natural shelter: Exploring connections to our earthly home

March 29 - Caretaking land and place: Service and future generations

April 26 - The Generosity of Plants: Wild foods and medicines

May 23-24 - Overnight Solo: Growing wisdom and wild remembering

With an invitation toward a greater sense of wholeness and belonging, the Wild Wisdom program calls forth an exploration of our human potential, teaches life-sustaining practices that honor our interdependence with all life, and fosters social and ecological responsibility.

Teacher

Daniella Roze

 

Daniella Roze M.Ed. specializes in transformative education through nature and place-based learning, leadership training, and ecopsychology. She works as a teacher and curriculum design specialist at Fresh Air Learning Elementary, and is the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  Through her life’s work, she supports others in recognizing their innate wholeness and aligning their lives with their deepest values.  Daniella holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counseling.  Drawing from extensive training through Wilderness Awareness School’s year-long Anake program, the School of Lost Borders’ month-long ecotherapy training program, Animas Valley Institute, and The Haven Centre for Transformative Learning, Daniella has studied and taught across North America.  The breadth of her training and experience has helped her to understand our interdependence and co-evolution with nature, and the importance of mutually-beneficial human-nature relationships.  For example, at age nineteen she joined One World Global Education and lived for six months in solidarity with Indigenous people of West Africa.  Following the program, she lived for five years off-grid while generating her own power, heating, and water systems, and built several cabins by hand.  As part of the Living Wild Project, she made her own deer skin clothing and tools in preparation for a month rite of passage experience spent traveling in the mountains while subsisting on wild foods.  Drawing from nature as her greatest teacher, Daniella supports people on the courageous journey of wholehearted living while working toward strengthening community and building resilient culture. 

Additional Resources

If you’re thinking of starting a forest school or you’ve attended one of our professional development sessions, you may be interested in our professional development resource handbooks, as well as our list of forest school learning outcomes.

 

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