Last Chance to Register – Growing More Knowledge

The event takes place this Saturday and registration is open via Royal Roads Cont. Studies.  The program is as follows:


                                            Growing More Knowledge

October, 24 2015

Royal Roads University


8:30 – 9:00 AM                   Registration

9:00 – 10:00 AM                 Keynote – David Sobel

10:00 – 10:15 AM              Break

Morning Session  10:15 – 11:15 AM

‘If you go into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise’:  Exploring the invitational nature of an Ontario Forest School program.  Debra Harwood, Brock University

Moving Learning Outdoors:  Nature Kindergarten.  Lisa Lockerbie and Erin Van Stone, Sangster Elementary School, Sooke School District

Boys being boys?:  The challenge to eco-care in the modern world.  Laura Piersol, Michael Derby, Jade Ho, and Sean Blenkinsop, Simon Fraser University

Nature Based Education at Strawberry Vale School.  Lenny Ross and Kiersten Brookes, Strawberry Vale School, Victoria School District

11:30 – 12:15                      Panel

12:15 – 1:00                         Lunch

Afternoon Session I            1:15 – 2:15 PM

Reframing Risky Outdoor Play:  RISK – It’s not just a four letter word.  Chris Filler, Child Nature Alliance/Forest Schools Canada; University of Victoria, District of Saanich

Field and Forest Nature School (a ten year journey).  Ron Blatz, Discovery Children’s Centre, Winnipeg

What is Permaculture, and Why is it a Fabulous Way to Help Children Connect with the Rest of Nature?  Julie Johnston and Stephen Levesque, Gulf Islands School District

Forest Fridays – Getting Nature into every Kindergarten/Grade 1 Class! Bonnie Davison, Victoria Nature School Society

Afternoon Session II           2:30 – 3:30 PM

Toward the Outdoors – a cultural shift to increased student and teacher engagement in nature.  Jeff Baxter, Sangster Elementary School, Sooke School District

Abbotsford’s Nature Kindergarten Pilot.  Cindy Romanowski and Jenn Baerg, Abbotsford School District

Maple Ridge Environmental School Project:  Learning to Indigenize Practice.  Randy Bates, Mario Beaulieu and Clayton Maitland, Maple Ridge School District

Hands on workshop with David Sobel

3:30 PM                 Close


October 24th – Growing More Knowledge – Workshops!

Please follow this link to learn who will be presenting at Growing More Knowledge.  Thank you to all of our workshop presenters!

Growing More Knowledge – Workshop Program

Update on Growing More Knowledge – October 24th 2015

In addition to our keynote speaker, David Sobel, there will be twelve different groups presenting at Growing More Knowledge on Saturday, October 24th at Royal Roads University.  We have presenters coming from across British Columbia in addition to a speaker from Manitoba and another from Ontario.  Please register soon!  Registration costs $100, plus applicable taxes.  Please contact the Royal Roads Cont. Studies Department.

Growing More Knowledge Symposium – October 24th

With the support of Royal Roads University and SFU, we will be hosting Growing More Knowledge on Saturday October 24th at Royal Roads University in Victoria BC.  Please follow the link below for more information on how to register.

Growing More Knowledge Symposium

If you are currently engaged in an outdoor learning program for the early years (ages 3 to 8), and are interested in presenting at the conference, please contact Dr. Enid Elliot at by September 18.

Nature Kindergarten Experience Course – April 10

Royal Roads University Cont. Studies Dept. is offering a Nature Kindergarten Experience course on April 10th.  This day-long workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Enid Elliot and one of the Nature Kindergarten educators.  Please contact Royal Roads University to register.

Nature Kindergarten Registration – 2015-16

To register for the 2015-16 Nature Kindergarten class at Sangster School, please do so on-line.

Please follow this link for more information.

2015-16 Nature Kindergarten Parent Information Sessions

Parents interested in registering their child for the 2015-16 Nature Kindergarten class at Sangster Elementary School should consider attending one of the following parent information sessions:


Saturday, January 10th at 10 AM

Thursday, January 15th at 6:30 PM


Both sessions will take place at Sangster Elementary School.



Flora, Fauna & Fungi of Hatley Park

Congratulations to Royal Roads University B.Sc. Major Project Team … Kristina, Andrew, Ershad and Pink for the amazing work they did to produce a child-friendly field guide for the Nature Kindergarten students.  The field guide can be purchased, at cost, from the team members or from Frances Krusekopf at  Approximate cost is $32.

Major Project Team with Enid Elliot, Lisa Lockerbie and Frances Krusekopf

Major Project Team with Enid Elliot, Lisa Lockerbie and Frances Krusekopf


6th annual Robert Bateman lecture – August 6th

Robert Bateman Lecture Aug 6 2014 invitation DRAFT

Please see attached information about public lecture about nature kindergarten at Royal Roads University on August 6th.

Articles about Play and Risk

For more on allowing for risk in children’s play, see the following …

Go For It!

play and risk


Re-introducing risk into childhood play

The Overprotected Kid