Author Archives: Frances Krusekopf

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

Job Opportunity – Lower Mainland

Please follow this link to learn more about the Nature Mentor for Children job opportunity on the North Shore/New Westminster.

Last Chance to Register for Growing Knowledge Symposium

The Growing Knowledge:  Sharing and Building on Learning Outdoors in the Early Years (3 to 8) symposium takes place at Royal Roads University on Saturday, June 14th.  This is the final week to register for the symposium.  Please see links below for more information on how to register and the program.

Growing Knowledge Symposium – June 14 2014

Growing Knowledge Symposium – Program

Trip to the Sea Shore

At the Sea ShoreWe were very lucky last week to have the opportunity to go spend the day at a beautiful beach on the Siaosnun Nation’s land with Christine, Wayne and Shirley.

In the days leading up to this trip we visited the lagoon near our forest to wonder and explore about the things that live at the beach. We came up with a list of things we wanted to learn about.

“How do clams move under water?”

“How to clams eat?”

“What lives there?”

Finally our day with Christine was here! We started out by exploring the tidal pools, under the rocks and in the shallow water. Christine and some of the children dug for clams and searched for mussels for us to try later. Other children searched for crabs, starfish, eels, sea urchins, sea anemones, fish, clams, and mussels with Wayne.

“I found a baby eel! I couldn’t see any eyes. I think it smells to see”. 

“It was too slippery to catch!”

One child noticed that the star fish was eating something! Another noticed that some of the eels were small and others were long! We noticed that some of the star fish were so small and they attached to our coats!

After we collected enough clams, we met Shirley back on the beach. She shared a blessing and then we all got to do a water blessing with her. She handed us a cedar branch that she dipped in a shell that was filled with special water that had been collected from around the world. As we spread the water into the ocean with the cedar, we shared our good thoughts for others around the world as well as our wishes for the ocean.

While this was happening the clams and mussels were streaming in a pot on a small stove. Each child had the opportunity to try some and many children did! Some children went back for seconds and thirds!

We had a picnic lunch, did a scavenger hunt and then explored the beach some more. We built a structure and found a snake!

It was a day full of wonderful learning, trying and discovering new things, meeting new people and creatures. Thank you to Shirley, Christine and Wayne for such a wonderful day.

(Written by Erin Van Stone, Nature K ECE)Clams