Open the Door to a Greener Space Conference
Saturday October 19th, 2013
9:00 - 4:00
Registration Fee $85
At Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
In partnership with:
9:00–10:00 – Registration & a chance to wander the gardens
10:00 - Meet at Registration desk
10:15–11:45 – Morning Experiences
12:15–1:30 – Lunch
1:30–4:00 - Keynote
Cam Collyer --- Making places for caring kids: the connection between spaces,
program and child development.
Cam is a Program Director at Evergreen, a Canadian charity connecting people and nature
in cities. He oversees Evergreen's national suite of programs that connect children and
nature. Cam is a regular presenter at conferences, universities, and in the media on
topics of school ground greening and environmental education.
Our conference this year is located on the beautiful grounds of the Horticulture Centre
of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road, Victoria. We encourage you to visit www.hcp.ca for a
detailed map and www.hcp.ca/admission-and-hours for additional information.
There is parking available on the grounds. Bus route to the HCP is #8, 21 & 29.
Your outdoor experience will be outside rain or shine. Please ensure you bring weather
appropriate clothing / footwear, a water bottle and your morning refreshment.
It will be a buffet style hot vegetarian lunch catered by Nourish. We would encourage
participants to bring a water bottle and snack for the whole morning. Coffee, tea and
dessert will be served at lunch.
There will be many wonderful door prizes for you to enjoy!
Each participant will register for one morning experience. Please list your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
and 5th choices on the registration form.
Workshops will be on a first come first served basis.
1. What are the key ingredients for nurturing positive learning experiences in the
outdoors? --- Cam Collyer our keynote speaker, will draw on best practices in outdoor
learning as well as share a wealth of case studies from early childhood settings from
around the world.
2. Creative storytelling in nature --- Join Bridgitte Alomes and enter into an
enchanting world of storytelling outdoors and with items from nature. Experience the
magic, the wisdom, and healing of storytelling in the wonders of the outdoor natural
3. How students – of all ages – can be Taught, Encouraged and Empowered to grow
their very own Health-Friendly Organic Food --- Dave Friend aka Mr.Organic will
lead us through an interactive presentation and group discussion. This will be followed by
some hands-on tasks which will demonstrate how easy it is to grow food.
4. Historical and Traditional Threads --- Charlene George is from T’Sou-ke, a
community that bridges the Coast Salish and Nuu-Cha-Nulth territories. Charlene works
primarily in textiles. As a child, Charlene was lucky to spend time with Grandparents
learning culture, history and stories. These are the threads that she artfully weaves
through her life and teaching.
5. The Children - Plant Connection --- Paul Allison Gardening is a great way for
children to learn new skills and have fun. Gardening provides different forms of
engagement for children, including designing, planting, and tending their own plants;
harvesting, preparing, and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about
science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens. Paul will show you
how to connect children with plants give examples of gardening projects suitable for any
Mini Market Place
After your morning spent in the great outdoors and hearing the latest research on
outdoor play, spend sometime within Natural Pod's inviting classroom experience. Now in
its 8th year of business, Natural Pod is Vancouver Island owned and operated, FSC
certified, and singularly commited to design and manufacture of toys and play
environments that support creative and imaginative open-ended play. In the past 3 years,
Natural Pod has served over 15,000 children in over 600 schools and daycare settings
across Canada and the world.
Within this natural space explore the open-endedness of an unencumbered learning
pallet. Reawaken your intuition to teach through space and invitation and watch the
children thrive. Bridgitte and Allan Alomes, co-creators and innovators in the world of
inspiring free play, will be on site for brainstorming and discussion.
As well as setting up an indoor environment, Natural Pod will have some items to
Check out their website at www.naturalpod.com
Cedar Tree Children's Outfitter
“There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” In our wet coastal climate great
gear for kids is a necessity. Cedar Tree Children's Outfitter carries excellent quality
rain suits, rain pants and jackets, as well as, waders made just for kids! Julie Sweetnam
will be representing Oakiwear and has been using their gear for years with the children
in her preschool program on Salt Spring Island. The suits that will be available at the
conference are 100% waterproof and breathable, PVC free, and come with a 1 year
warranty. Lots of colours to choose from and sizes for children 1 to 7 years of age.
Let's go outside!
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Registration Fee: $85.00
Please make payment payable to ECEBC Victoria Branch
Please mail your Registration to:
Stomping in the Mud
4244 Eastridge Cres
Victoria, V8Z 6B6
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30 th , 2013
NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE
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Spaces are limited and Registration will be on a first come first served basis.
Victoria Branch ECEBC membership forms will be available at conference.