Land Our Teacher

Land Our Teacher

Schedule at a glance:

Saturday
7:30         Registration

8:30         Living Land Acknowledgement and Opening Address

9:00         Learning and Teaching from an Indigenous Worldview – Justine Tremblay

10:00       BREAK

10:15          Campfire Cooking – Sparrow          
Participants will learn how to safely prepare various delicious snacks nd drinks over the fire. We will cover how to prepare a fire for cooking, different techniques, safety, and then we will feast! Leah “Sparrow” Houghton is the co-founder and educational director at Fairlight Farm, an off-grid non-profit teaching farm focusing on permaculture, subsistence homesteading, and nature connection. She is also is a lead outdoor educator at the Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre. Sparrow grew up in girl scouts, at horse camp, and at wilderness camps and wilderness college. She loves farm animals and convincing adults to play games outside!

12:00        LUNCH

1:00       Plant Walk with Tristan HallettOn this walk you will be shown how to identify a variety of wild trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, their role in the ecosystem, and potential edible and medicinal uses of them. Plants are the foundation of nearly all ecosystems, and understanding them will lay the groundwork for a much deeper connection to the nature that surrounds us. Tristan is a forager with a passion for botany from Fredericton. His goal in teaching is to instill into others that same love and appreciation of nature, the confidence and knowledge to start the journey in identifying plants and using them.

2:30        Sit SpotTake a pause in the day and be present. Remove all distractions and wait for the base line of nature to return and observe. Watch a spider spin a web, an ant carry food into its home, birds above you, listen to the wind, smell the fallen leaves on the ground or lay back with your hands and feet on the ground and just be.

3:00         BREAK

3:30      Cordage – Rhonda SageSometimes you get caught outdoors where you need a  piece of rope? What do you do? We will be using milkweed during this workshop to make 2-ply cordage. Milkweed is easy to identify, non-toxic, and easy to work with. You will learn how to harvest the fibers, twist it and even make a craft with it if you wish. Cordage is useful as rope, tools, cooking, crafts, basket making, weaving and so much more. We will touch on some other fibres that can be used. Rhonda Sage is the Executive Director/Founder of Nature’s Backpack Land-Based Learning Centre. She leads with a passion to connect our youth to the land and with the ecosystem of our community (human and non-human). She is a graduate from the University of Guelph in Environmental Sciences, and from NBCC in Early Child Education.  She obtained her Forest School Practitioner through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.  Over the past 20 years, Rhonda has held many positions in the outdoor, play, and education sector and spoke at various teacheréparent workshops. Her passion is  children and nature and when you meet her, you will feel that passion as she believes we are all in this together for our future generation.

5:00       DINNER

7:00        Campfire (bring your singing voice, instruments)We will have a chance to open up discussions, network, ask questions, sing and enjoy the evening.

SUNDAY
7:30         BREAKFAST

8:45         Morning Circle

9:00         Risky Play – SparrowMuch of what we now deem ‘risky play’ used to just be play! It is vital in developing confidence, body awareness (proprioceptive and kinaesthetic integration), and risk assessment skills in children. Learn what risky play is, why we need it, and how and when to allow children to push their limits. Leah “Sparrow” Houghton is the co-founder and educational director at Fairlight Farm, an off-grid non-profit teaching farm focusing on permaculture, subsistence homesteading, and nature connection. She is also is a lead outdoor educator at the Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre. Sparrow grew up in girl scouts, at horse camp, and at wilderness camps and wilderness college. She loves farm animals and convincing adults to play games outside!

10:00      BREAK

10:15       Nature Journaling – Rhonda SageMany people journal for various reasons. When learning about nature and skills, the best way to learn is by journalling. It is like the old fashion camera that takes the time to edge the image on the paper. Through observation, asking questions, sketching with pictures, words, numbers, phrases etc, the wonder and awe will be captured between the pages of your journal. It doesn’t matter if you can draw or write, this is for you and your memories. You don’t even have to show anyone.

12:00      LUNCH

1:00        Sit SpotTake a pause in the day and be present. Remove all distractions and wait for the base line of nature to return and observe. Watch a spider spin a web, an ant carry food into its home, birds above you, listen to the wind, smell the fallen leaves on the ground or lay back with your hands and feet on the ground and just be.

1:30        Trading BlanketBring your wares to trade on our community trading blanket. It can be anything that is in good condition that you may not use anymore but someone may find beneficial, have an abundance of or are willing to part for that one thing you were hoping to have.

2:30     Neurodivergent Kids in the Outside World presented by Renate GritterOnes personal experience and wisdom: This workshop will introduce folks to the language and common tendencies of neurodivergent experiences, offer insight into how a neurodivergent child might experience nature education. How these experiences can be related to educators more broadly. This discussion will be drawn from personal experiences as an autistic educator student and sometimes a reluctant resident of the outside world.

3:30        Questions and Certifications of Participation

4:00        Closing Circle

Event Information

Event Date 04 November, 2023 7:30 am
Event End Date 05 November, 2023 4:00 am
Cut off date 01 November, 2023 11:55 pm
Individual Price Three hundred and fifty
Location Ganong Nature Park
Categories Events outside NBEN

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