Banner Nurturing Connections With Nature
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick Provincial Conference

New Maryland Centre, 754 New Maryland Hwy, New Maryland

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How do we make meaningful connections with the environment that last a lifetime? “Bad news stories” can motivate change, but true stewardship comes from a deep bond with the environments and ecologies all around us.

At Nurturing Connections With Nature, we will explore ways in which to inspire compassion and caring for the natural world among students of all ages. How can we interact more meaningfully with the non-human world, both within and outside the classrooms? What are the ethics of bringing living beings into lesson plans? Who should learn about concepts like compassion and stewardship, and who is qualified teach them? Where can educators find support and resources to teach about these topics?

Join us as we explore a pedagogical approach to learning about the natural world, and develop practical skills to foster meaningful connections to nature.

DRAFT AGENDA
9:00 Registration & Networking  
9:30 Welcome & Introductions Raissa Marks and Tzomi Burkhart, New Brunswick Environmental Network
9:40 News from the Sustainability Education Alliance Roland Chiasson, Nature NB
Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB
Susan O'Donnell, RAVEN Project
10:00 Setting the Stage: Making Connections and Finding Our Shared Humanity
Setting the Stage: Nurturing Connections with Nature
Darlene MacDonald, Roots of Empathy
Shannon Jones, Broadfork Organic Farm
10:30 Break  
10:45 Nipugtugewei Kindergarten  Joyce Germain and Brenda Germain, Nipugtugewei/ Forest Kindergarten educators, from Listuguj First Nation
11:30 Participatory Showcase I: Integrating Living Things Into Education Cory Herc, #RisingYouth
Jackie Walker, Hunstman Marine Centre
Michelle Thibault, Coordinator, Wolastoqiyik Environmental Pedagogy Training Center
Kelli-Nicole Croucher, Watershed Coordinator, EOS Eco-Energy
Tessa Doncaster, Fort Folly Habitat Recovery
12:15 Lunch  
1:00 Participatory Showcase II: Integrating Living Things Into Education Shawna LeBlanc, Education Coordinator, Éco-Centre Homarus Eco Centre
Vincent Guérette, District scolaire francophone Sud
Liza Barney, Education Program Coordinator, Bird Studies Canada
Cheyenne Currie, Engagement Coordinator, Nature Trust of NB
Tamara Sealy, Executive Director, Nutrients for Life
1:45 Panel: Tricks of the Trade - Bringing Life into your Classroom François LeBlanc, school garden and greenhouse, District scolaire francophone Sud
Teena Bishop, Anglophone School District West
Stacy Jones, Esgenoopetitj First Nation School
Moderator: Serge LaRochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne
2:30 Break  
2:45 Walk the Talk: Live Animals in (or out of) the Classroom Michelle Evans, Maritime College of Forestry Technology
3:15 Next Steps: Putting it into Action  
3:55 Wrap up and Moving Forward  


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