WHAT IS GREAT MINDS THINK OUTSIDE?

Launched in 2015, Great Minds Think Outside feeds creativity, improves well-being and grows environmental stewards through innovative outdoor learning.

Great Minds Think Outside is a hands-on, curriculum-linked, outdoor professional development program that will give teachers and educators the skills, tools, and resources they need to teach their students outside – whatever the subject matter!

This program is the first of its kind in New Brunswick, and is designed to fit your work environment. Rather than having individual educators travel to workshops (which can be difficult), this program will bring training to educators in their schools, school districts, other locations, at times that are convenient for them! By offering the sessions in their daily work environment, the educators learn to see the possibilities of teaching in their own yards.

Additionally, this program allows for more time spent outside, both during and beyond the training, an activity that is often put aside, but that is oh-so essential to our overall wellness.


BENEFITS

  • Improved of mental and physical health, and wellness for both students and teachers
  • Reduced challenging behaviours among students
  • A stronger connection with nature
  • Fresh air and exercise to help combat the obesity epidemic and lead to more active lifestyles
  • ...and all while learning!

CURRICULUM

We offer training on how to teach outside and what to teach outside. Any and all learning outcomes can be met outside, with a little creativity! We can help you figure out how to teach science, math, social studies, language arts, physical education, and everything in between – outside, rain or shine. Half day and full day sessions are available.

This program combines a wide range of theoretical concepts leads (Adventure Wave, Joseph Cornell’s Stages of Flow Learning TM, Experiential Learning Model) to which can be adapted to suit groups based on their individual needs. Great Minds Think Outside incorporates the sequenced “broad strokes” of briefing, fun high energy activity, focusing attention/reflecting experiences, debriefing which hopefully leads the participants to transfer the acquired learnings to their schools, homes and or workplaces.


WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Outdoor and nature education should be available to all! For that reason, this program is targeting the following groups:

  • Elementary, middle, and high school teachers
  • B. Ed. students
  • Early childhood educators
  • Guide & Scout leaders
  • After school programs leaders
  • Summer camp staff
  • Park interpreters





Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Still Time to Submit Comments - Snowmobile Trail Development up Mount Carleton

Monday, 21 November 2016
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
You can still send in your comments until end of day Nov 21 (Monday) on the environmental assessment report about the proposed snowmobile trail at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. If you're not sure what to say, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NB Chapter has summarized some of our key messages here: http://cpawsnb.org/images/upload/key_messages_EIA.pdf

Please send comments or questions to: lynn.white@gnb.ca or mail to: Lynn White, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.
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