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This lanyard with a 'breakaway' function was designed by Strong Nations in collaboration with Algonquin artist Don Bonner. It features the message "Every Child Matters" and a feather design. This can be paired with our handheld field magnifier. If you order these together we will attach them when they go out to you.
This lanyard with a 'breakaway' function is made from organic cotton, so have been grown without pesticides from plants that have not been genetically modified. They are exceptionally soft and 100 percent biodegradable. They feature outdoor learning images and sayings such as 'Explore Your World' and can be paired with our handheld field magnifier.
Standard mesh dip nets are perfect for collecting small fish, tadpoles, and aquatic invertebrates. This net features a rigid vinyl-coated twisted wire handle that can be bent if required. If blue nets aren't available due to high demand, we will send red nets instead unless you indicate otherwise in your order notes. The Inside Scoop: We looked high and low for months for a basic aquatic dip net that was affordable and available in the quantities that we'd require. In the end, our friends at WildBC were able to direct us to a company that's in our area, and is great to work with!
Sale!Teachers - it is very helpful to have a few of these in your backpack for when your students forget their outdoor gear. These rain jackets are very portable, stow-able, reusable, made from PEVA and they come in a handy pouch. They are designed to offer freedom of movement, while providing shelter from the weather. The length of the coat and arms allow size flexibility to accommodate the average size of student in grades 2 to 6. Ethical Elements: Reusable & made from PEVA. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We were told by so many teachers that we had to have this, if we were opening an outdoor learning store! After testing a variety of models, we found this one, which offered the quality and flexibility we were looking for. And we put it to the ultimate test - one of our team members stood in the shower for 10 minutes under full blast, and when he took it off, he didn't have a drop of water on his clothes!
Our clipboards are durable, weatherproof and made from recycled plastic! This easy to write on surface provides a simple option for turning the outdoors into your classroom. :) "The plastic clipboards are a game changer for outdoor ed." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5 Ethical Elements: Made from recycled plastic, and sourced from a company that has exceptionally high social and environmental standards. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: After looking high and low for a recycled clipboard, we were so glad to find this one with a local company with such high standards. While a bit higher cost than run of the mill clipboards, we know it won't disappoint!
Take your class on a tracks and traces wildlife scavenger hunt! This Animal Tracks & Traces Guide provides a beautiful simplified field reference to the tracks, signs, and scat of over 65 familiar North American species. It also features a ruler and and is laminated to provide weather resistance. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects and other invertebrates, trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by naturalists of all ages. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
Help your students focus in on the incredible world of the small! This 3x magnifier is large, durable and user friendly for all ages. The magnifiers are sourced from a local supplier (see below). Read more about our ethical policies & practices. Keep track of your magnifiers by adding a lanyard to make this a hands free carry and go item for your students. The Inside Scoop: It kills us to see those cheap plastic magnifiers that schools tend to use that get so scratched up. As a result, after months of looking for a magnifier that was durable, strong, scratch resistant and super user friendly for all ages, we found one right under our noses! Our friends Jaye & Shelli carry this one at their local office supplies shop. And Jaye knows something about strength...he is a Canadian Paralympian for track cycling! Check him out here... Lanyards are sold separately:
- We offer an Every Child Matters lanyard with a breakaway function. These are designed by Strong Nations in collaboration with Algonquin artist Don Bonner. It features the message "Every Child Matters" and a feather design.
- We also offer an Explore Your World lanyard with a ‘breakaway’ function is made from organic cotton, so have been grown without pesticides from plants that have not been genetically modified. They are exceptionally soft and 100 percent biodegradable.
This fascinating guide reviews the status of the world’s top pollinators, how they are built, behave and reproduce in the wild and in managed colonies. It also highlights some of the most familiar and unique species and what you can do to help conserve and protect these important creatures. This convenient guide is an ideal, portable reference for educators and learners of all ages. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages – teacher tested & approved!
The familiar Monarch butterfly is one of over 5,000 species of butterflies found in the diverse ecosystems of North America. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 70 familiar and unique species and includes information on their life cycle and features illustrations of common caterpillars and pupae. This convenient guide is an ideal, portable source of practical information and ideal for field use by educators and learners alike. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages - teacher tested & approved! :)
This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of beetles, bugs, spiders, flies, aquatic insects and everything in-between. It also identifies the differences between different types of invertebrates, the eight major groups of insects and tips on identifying species in the field. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information. Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
A Folding Pocket Guide to the Moon, Stars, Planets & Celestial EventsThis simplified guide to the night sky introduces the reader to the solar system, our moon, planets (visible with the naked eye), meteor showers and eclipses, and features seasonal GLOW-IN-THE-DARK charts to the stars and constellations! Simply shine a flashlight on the charts to illuminate them and then use your fingers to “walk” between major star groups. Laminated for durability, this indispensable pocket reference is ideal for astronomers of all ages.Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!
We will be adding more guides to this region soon.
These weather-resistant closed-cell foam sit pads are comfortable and easy to carry. They fit in a student backpack, making it easy for educators to move students into a comfortable learning space outdoors. They stay pliable in cold weather to keep your students comfortable. Please note: If students pick at these, or if they are rubbed on very rough surfaces, this will decrease the life of the sit pad. For a more durable option, check out our more durable and recycled sit pad. "Easy to carry around and access while outside. Kids can carry outdoor learning seats easily with a clipboard." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5 Ethical Elements: Options for repurposing sit pad. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We knew we had to find a good quality but affordable sit pad if we wanted to open an outdoor learning store. After years of cutting up foam camping pads, we found this one! Way more comfortable than a camping pad, and we've tested this one in all conditions, and have had great feedback.
These journals feature all-weather & recyclable writing paper that sheds water and enables you to write with a pencil anywhere, in any weather conditions. A versatile option for any conditions that Mother Nature throws at you! Colours: We have access to both yellow and green, but access to colours varies considerably from our supplier and so we will provide you with the colour available at the time of order. Ethical Elements: Recyclable paper. Offered in partnership with Take Me Outside, a Canadian non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and facilitating action on nature connection and outdoor learning in schools across Canada. 50% of the proceeds of this go to Take Me Outside Canada. The Inside Scoop: We know that writing outside can be a limiting factor for outdoor learning, especially in the rainy season! So we were thrilled when our friends at Take Me Outside got in touch with a solution. We know that this will help many to take their learning outside, despite the varied weather our country offers us!
This small pocket sized field guide titled '?a-kxam̓is q̓api qapsin' (All Living Things) features 23 common BC plants, including beautiful colour images, their description, habitat, and traditional uses by the Ktunaxa people in SE BC. Ethical Elements: This resource is offered in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation Council which has the vision of having strong, healthy citizens and communities, speaking their languages and celebrating who they are and their history in our ancestral homelands, working together, managing their lands and resources, within a self-sufficient, self-governing Nation. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. Pages 51
These lightweight & affordable backpacks allow each student to store & transport their outdoor learning equipment & resources. The size of main pouch is 45cm high x 32.5cm wide x 25cm deep. Straps can be manually adjusted for length. They are suitable for grades 3+ (including teachers!) but can be adjusted to make shorter for younger/smaller students. Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water with like colors. Hang or lay flat to dry only. Do not machine wash, do not machine / tumble dry. Do not bleach. Ethical Elements: Made from recycled pop bottles, and sourced for a socially ethical supplier. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: After looking at dozens of options, this one rose to the surface as one that was affordable, modelled sustainable practices, fit a variety of ages and had a adequate volume. And we were very pleased to work with a company that has very high ethical standards to source this! Are your Basic Backpack straps a little long for the little ones? Never fear! The straps are incredibly easy to adjust! Watch how below!
This resource created by artist Adelle Caunce is designed to go with A Walking Curriculum (also available on Canada's Outdoor Learning Store). It contains fun, easy-to-implement, art-based activities that correspond directly with 30 of the walking themes (e.g. The Vertical World Walk, The Growth Walk, The Lovely/Unlovely Walk etc.). It is designed to engage imagination, help foster a sense of wonder at the world around us, and give the kids a bit of a giggle while they're learning. Images are black and white to make photocopying a breeze. Pages 44 Ethical Elements: Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: This resource comes highly recommended by Gillian Judson, celebrated author of the companion resource, A Walking Curriculum. Watch the fun promo video here!
Get up close with nature with our 2-Way Nature Viewer! Place an object into the viewer and see the magnified image top & bottom (bottom view from the side). Learning about nature, including aquatic invertebrates, is fun, easy, and clear. “The two-way nature viewer is the ideal tool for making close observations of living and non-living things both in the classroom and out in nature! My students come alive with wonder and curiosity when they use these magnifiers to observe rocks, sticks, flowers, insects and even aquatic invertebrates using this magnifier (it has a shallow lip that can contain water). It is durable, easy to pack up and bring along on our learning adventures!” – Teacher, Rocky Mountain School District
Teaching About Invasive Species is designed as a tool kit. Educators will find in Green Teacher’s new book the innovative perspectives, program ideas, games and activities that they need to engage young people from 6-19 years of age in this challenging topic. Invasive species, if unchecked, will continue to have significant negative impacts on our environment and on our economy. Fortunately, the spread of many invasives can be checked. To succeed, we’ll need effective education strategies to be widely deployed. This book aims to fill that gap. Included in its pages are descriptions of 11 innovative, youth education programs, and 20 ready-to-use activities that are appropriate for various age groups. 74 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about out ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
Through academic research, practical examples, and step-by-step strategies drawn from classrooms, celebrated author David Sobel celebrates teachers who emphasize the connection of school, community, and environment. Place-Based Education uses the local community and environment as the starting place for curriculum learning, strengthening community bonds, appreciation for the natural world, and a commitment to citizen engagement. David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. “Literally a landmark book, Sobel’s book belongs in the hands of every teacher in this country as a practical and inspiring guide to combining field and classroom in educating students. He offers a wealth of practical experience as well as documentation of how students and communities profit from place-based education. Parents and educators of all kinds will cherish Sobel’s work.” —Ann Zwinger, teacher & author of The Nearsighted Naturalist and Downcanyon" 147 pages Read about out ethical policies and practices. The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted David on a series of in-person workshops, we were hooked! Before adding this resource to our store, we tested it with hundreds of educators with rave reviews. His philosophy, approach and ideas are deserving of his world renowned reputation.
An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping. Fatima Khazi is excited for the weekend. Her family is headed to a local state park for their first camping trip! The school week might not have gone as planned, but outdoors, Fatima can achieve anything. She sets up a tent with her father, builds a fire with her mother, and survives an eight-legged mutant spider (a daddy longlegs with an impressive shadow) with her sister. At the end of an adventurous day, the family snuggles inside one big tent, serenaded by the sounds of the forest. The thought of leaving the magic of the outdoors tugs at Fatima's heart, but her sister reminds her that they can keep the memory alive through stories--and they can always daydream about what their next camping trip will look like. 40 pages Author Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, a social media platform dedicated to promoting greater diversity in our public lands through storytelling and the power of visual representation. She's passionate about youth education and holds board member positions at City Kids Wilderness Project and Green Muslims. Her writing has been published in Outside magazine, and Ambreen has been profiled by the New York Times, SELF magazine, CNN Health, Elite Daily, and more. A non-practicing attorney, Ambreen works for the federal government in Washington, DC. This is her first book for children.
To help educators tackle this essential but challenging topic with K-8 students, this new book includes 20 age-appropriate activities that can be undertaken at home, in school classrooms, outdoor spaces and in the community. Within the 80 pages of this large format paperback, you will find many useful pathways to guide young people towards an understanding of this complex topic. Its detailed, practical activities are designed to enhance climate literacy and to increase understanding of renewable energy, sustainable transportation and technologies, and the many ways that individuals and communities can reduce their carbon footprint. The collection includes activities that introduce basic concepts of climate literacy, such as energy forms, urban heat islands, and the difference between weather and climate. Walking school buses, green commuting challenges and public transit investigations are a few of the transport-related activities. Building model solar cars and solar cookers and studying passive solar house design are a few of the energy-oriented activities included in the book. Rather than overwhelm young people with the daunting challenges facing humanity, the book’s focus is to help them to appreciate the many solutions that individuals, organizations and governments are already implementing to mitigate climate change. The overall goal of the book is to introduce basic concepts and to help cultivate a sense of wonder about the natural world. 74 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
Apprendre pas à pas est une ressource innovatrice interdisciplinaire pour les éducateurs du préscolaire, du primaire et du secondaire qui veulent permettre à leurs élèves d’apprendre en dehors des murs de l'école. Les marches éducatives proposées peuvent être réalisées dans n'importe quel contexte et permettent de développer le sentiment d’appartenance des élèves et d’enrichir leur compréhension des matières scolaires. Les 60 activités centrées sur la marche présentées dans cette ressource sont fondées sur les principes de l'éducation écologique imaginative. Elles sont conçues pour toucher les émotions et l’imagination des élèves dans une démarche d’éveil au lieu, à leur communauté naturelle et culturelle, et place leur questionnements au centre des apprentissages. Dr Gillian Judson enseigne à la faculté déducation de l'Université Simon Fraser en Colombie-Britannique, au Canada, en plus d’être directrice administrative du Centre For Imagination In Research, Culture, And Education (CIRCE) (www.circesfu.ca). Pages 64
Rather than overwhelm teenagers with the daunting challenges facing humanity, the focus of this new book is to help them move from despair to empowerment and appreciate the many solutions that are already being implemented to mitigate climate change. Developed by educators from across North America, the collection includes activities that explore basic concepts such as carbon pricing and climate change denial. Car trip reduction plans, bike-a-thons, and public transit investigations are a few of the transport-related activities. How to organize a climate change summit or share local examples of climate change with peers in other regions are two other notable activities found in the book. In an era where public opinion is shaped by emotional appeals and unsubstantiated personal opinion, never has it been more important to provide teens with opportunities to engage in hands-on, minds-on activities that allow them to explore the complex issue of climate change. The teaching strategies provided in this 80-page, large format paperback will engage students and help them develop the critical thinking skills they will need as citizens of this era. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. 76 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on 1oo% post-consumer recycled paper, and offered in partnership with Green Teacher - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have a long and strong relationship with Green Teacher, dating back to working with Tim Grant when he was editor, and now with Ian Shanahan as the current editor. Providing resources like this one that are ‘by educators for educators’ was a no-brainer – it is wonderful to be able to share stories from the field!
Designed for young learners, and no previous water testing experience. Tiny, lightweight and convenient for quick sampling. Water samples can be taken anywhere quickly and easily. And our partners can provide additional resources and support to help enhance your learning. This tiny kit can be used by 1 to 2 students. Each kit contains…
- Thermometer (air temperature)
- 10 test strips (pH, alkalinity, hardness)
- Field sheets to write results
- Tiny Field guide
- 1 sticker
- All contained in a soft zippered pouch
Evoking Wonder and Developing a Sense of Place A Walking Curriculum provides easy-to-use, child-centred and developmentally appropriate activities that make outdoor learning – regardless of whether you’re surrounded by trees or concrete – memorable, meaningful and fun. Printed with ink that is chlorine-free and the acid-free interior paper is Forest Stewardship Council certified. "Fabulous resource to get your kids outside for more than just “a walk” but a walk with purpose and relevance! Great read for educators wanting to embrace outdoor education." - School District 47 Principal Gillian Judson, PhD, is Executive Director of the Centre For Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (www.circesfu.ca) at Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching are primarily concerned with the role of imagination in all learning, with a particular focus on imaginative, Place-based teaching practices. 62 pages Accompanying (Free) Resource: Walking Forward: Indigenous Perspectives in Learning from Place Accompanying Resource: Playing in the Muck and Other Art Activities: Imaginative Art Activities for The Walking Curriculum The Inside Scoop: Gillian has been such a fantastic & enthusiastic person to work with! She conveys her ideas succinctly with clarity, and we were thrilled to be able to work with her on piloting our first ‘Earthy Chat’s podcast! (see below)
Sit pads are a great tool for transitioning your learning outdoors year-round. This one is extra comfy, easy to carry, and the exterior is made from waterproof 600 Denier Polyester with PVC backing and filled with soft, shredded, recycled foam. Due to the larger size, it is recommended for educators and older students (grades 4+). Ethical Elements: The padding for these sit pads is repurposed foam that would otherwise be discarded. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: More durable than our basic sit pad, and more affordable than our enhanced sit pad, this easy-to-carry outdoor seat is also stuffed full of recycled materials!
Sila and the Land is the story of a young Inuk girl who goes on a journey across the North, East, South and West. Along the way Sila meets different animals, plants and elements that teach her about the importance of the land and her responsibilities to protect it for future generations. Three young Indigenous women came together to write a children’s book that could help share perspectives on the land common across First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This includes a shared respect for the earth and an understanding of our responsibilities to protect it for future generations. In order to convey these perspectives in the story, the authors spoke with youth from a number of Indigenous communities across Canada. They asked about why the environment was important to each of them and what land based teachings and experiences were significant to their identities and cultures. Their responses helped shape the book, offering examples of things Sila could learn from the land during her journey travelling across the North, East, South and West. It is important to note that while there are shared perspectives across Indigenous communities there are also many differences. This book does not claim to represent any specific cultures or teachings, but instead encourages children and youth to seek out knowledge from the territories that they are living on. It also aims to inspire other young Indigenous writers and illustrators to believe in their gifts and the power of their stories. Pages 24 This book is supplemented by a number of curriculum-linked learning activities.
Collaboration by / This book helpsCreated as part of Climate Action 150 with support from TakingITGlobal and GreenLearning Canada, and financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.A portion of the proceeds of the book will go toward the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and their work bringing attention to the impacts of environmental violence on Indigenous health, rights and justice.
Beloved by educators and embraced by readers, The Heart of a River is BACK IN PRINT.
This story of the Columbia River is unique. Told from the river's perspective, it is an immersive, empathetic portrait of a once-wild river and of the Sinixt, a First People who lived on the mainstem of this great western river for thousands of years, and continue to do so even though Canada declared them "extinct" in 1956.
The book's re-release comes at a critical time for natural systems and for reconciliation with Indigenous people across North America. The Colville Confederated Tribes, representing over 3,000 Sinixt people, recently won a precedent-setting case in the Supreme Court of Canada affirming that Aboriginal Rights do not stop at the border. The important story of the Sinixt weaves together with the ongoing ecological impact of hydropower development on the Columbia and its tributaries.
This is a book for anyone, of any age, who cares about rivers. Central to the story is the joyous spirit of salmon, once a free swimmer in the Columbia's currents north of the border but now blocked from ancestral spawning grounds by Grand Coulee and other dams. Restoring migratory fish indigenous to the upper Columbia will require transboundary cooperation. With Indigenous Nations on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border now leading the way, many are hopeful that the fish will return.
Lavishly illustrated by Nelson, B.C. designer Nichola Lytle, this portrait of a globally significant river will inspire anyone who reads it to care about the future of the salmon, a fish that unites all of us in its quest for freedom and possibility.
Releasing the second edition of this book has been a joint effort of the authors, Wildsight, and the Sinixt people of the Colville Reservation, with generous support from the Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network. Proceeds from book sales support local youth to attend Wildsight's Columbia River Field School.
Available in French as well: Relier Les Points
Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and SustainabilityWhich learning strategies best contribute to students becoming engaged and active citizens involved in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability? Connecting the Dots focuses on learning strategies and the ways of organizing learning experiences; the “how to” of learning. These learning strategies involve students as engaged learners, learning within the context of their communities and addressing relevant, local issues. The learning strategies advanced in this document are not new. They are common to environmental education and many other fields of educational research and practice. What is new is the means by which these strategies when used together, connect the many dots that are necessary to achieve an interconnected worldview. These “dots” include:
- Linking environmental, economic and social issues within subjects and across subjects
- Linking students to each other, their home life, their schools, their environment and their community
- Linking knowledge, skills, and perspectives through student engagement and action
- Providing a meaningful context for the implementation of numeracy, literacy, character and other educational objectives.
The Seven Strategies
- Learning Locally – Community as Classroom
- Integrated Learning
- Acting on Learning
- Real-World Connections
- Considering Alternative Perspectives
- Sharing Responsibility for Learning with Students
This innovative and vibrant resource is filled with full-colour photographs, maps, illustrations and the names of plants listed in three Indigenous languages - Michif, Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway). Métis author and artist Christi Belcourt fuses her evocative artwork with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Western Science. With contributions from Métis Elders Rose Richardson and Olive Whitford, as well as key Michif phrases and terminology, Medicines to Help Us is the most accessible resource relating to Métis healing traditions produced to date. Along with an essay by Elder Rose Richardson on her first-hand experience using medicinal plants, this compelling one-of-a-kind resource melds Métis contemporary art and the floral motif within Métis beadword with Métis traditional knowledge. Page count: 66 + glossary, references + end notes
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
- New York Times Bestseller
- A Washington Post Bestseller
- Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub
These 8x21 National Geographic pocket binoculars are suitable for children ages 6+. They have a compact and attractive design. Their fully coated BK-7 optics and solid mechanics enable a true color picture replication. These models have diopter compensation and foldable eyepieces for kids who wear glasses, and they also come with a functional bag. Ethical Elements: Offered in partnership with National Geographic, with all proceeds going back into conservation efforts. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We tested out numerous models over the years, and for the price, this is one of the best quality student binoculars available. While they don't compare to your $200 binos, for kids they are easy to use and the optics are reasonably good. Certainly a high quality option for this price!
This second edition of Not Extinct invites readers to engage with the stories of the Sinixt təmxʷúlaʔxʷ through lively oral storytelling, original artwork, written discussion, and reflection. Three new stories and many updates touch on critical issues such as Indian Residential Schools, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Sinixt cosmology, salmon reintroduction, Mountain Caribou, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and Sinixt recognition and the contemporary Treaty process. Following our work with the Sinixt Dialect, sn-səlxcín, through the T'kikstn Language Revitalization project, we've also added and updated Sinixt words in the text. Accompanying Teacher Resource Guide Marilyn James was the Spokesperson for the Sinixt Nation in the Canadian portion of her people’s traditional territory for over 25 years. She continues her work as the Smum iem Matriarch and as an elder upholding responsibilities of Sinixt protocols and laws in the Sinixt təmxʷúlaʔxʷ. She holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University and has developed aboriginal curriculum currently being used in four BC School Districts and on the provincial web platform. Marilyn is an accomplished Storyteller in the Sinixt tradition and has told stories to a wide variety of audiences of all ages in schools, at public gatherings and festivals. She continues to unearth traditional stories and her written work has been published in books and anthologies. She is an ardent advocate for human responsibilities toward land and water. She is a mother of three and has eight grandchildren. Taress Alexis is a Sinixt mother of two young children who has worked as an Aboriginal Education Support Worker and Teaching Consultant in three BC School Districts where she delivered culturally appropriate materials to school-aged children using Storytelling and crafts. She has also been an active Storyteller at the Kootenay Storytelling Festival since 2006 and works with community members in other contexts to enhance cultural sensitivity towards the First Nations Community. She is currently working on expanding her repertoire of original and traditional Sinixt stories for children and general audiences as well as writing children’s books. She currently works for School District 51 in the Grand Forks area. Pages 159
This practical resource book offers tips and tricks to help any teacher develop variety in their teaching. One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it, and this book will give you the confidence to do it. It contains a wealth of ideas that allow teachers and parents to encourage outdoor learning and improve student participation. All you need is your coat, a passion for learning– oh, and bring the kids too! "This is an amazing resource for grades K-5 teachers. The book even includes examples of outdoor monthly calendars of easy things you can add to your schedule starting from the first day of school and a handy chart that helps to cross reference ideas to subject areas. After reading the book (and keeping it within reaching distance), any teacher should feel confident in starting the outdoor learning process for both themselves and their students." Juliet Robertson is one of the world's leading education consultants who specializes in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organizations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people. 214 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted UK author Juliet Robertson in hosting in-person professional development sessions (photo below) we've been hooked! Juliet is a pro at providing easy to access ideas applicable to a range of ages and types of educators.
This practical guide for all educators (K-12) encourages young people to connect with the natural world and create a more sustainable, ecologically secure planet. It is designed for use with any curriculum to give students opportunities to engage their bodies, emotions, and imaginations in the world around them. Cultivating ecological understanding requires reimagining the human world as part of, not apart from, nature. Drawing on an approach to teaching called Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE),Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education includes tried-and-tested activities for students, step-by-step examples for shaping curricula by using tools of the imagination to cultivate ecological understanding, and strategies for implementing Imaginative Ecological Education in any school setting—urban, suburban, or rural. Author Gillian Judson, PhD, is Executive Director of the Centre For Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (www.circesfu.ca) at Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching are primarily concerned with the role of imagination in all learning, with a particular focus on imaginative, Place-based teaching practices.
"Every teacher needs to own this book! Dr. Gillian Judson shows how to keep students engaged and connected in Ecological Education by using their imagination. There are activities you can follow and adapt for any K-12 student. After you have read the book you will have all the tools to create your own program and the reasons why it is important to do so. This book is full of insightful information that all twenty-first century teachers need." - Teacher, K-5 Team Lead148 pages The Inside Scoop: Gillian has been such a fantastic & enthusiastic person to work with! She conveys her ideas succinctly with clarity, and we were thrilled to be able to work with her on piloting our first 'Earthy Chat's podcast! (see below)
In Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years, Juliet Robertson offers a rich resource of ideas that will inspire you to tap into the endless supply of patterns, textures, colours and quantities of the outdoors and deepen children's understanding of math through hands-on experience. Juliet believes being outside makes math real. In the classroom environment, math can seem disconnected from everyday reality - but real maths is really messy. Lots of outdoor play and engaging activity along the way is a must, as being outside enables connections to be made between the hands, heart and head, and lays the foundations for more complex work as children grow, develop and learn. Following on from the success of Dirty Teaching, Messy Maths reimagines the outdoor space through a mathematical lens - providing a treasure trove of suggestions that will empower you to blend outdoor learning into your teaching practice. It is not a 'how to' guide, but rather an easy-to-use reference book replete with ready-to-use games and open-ended ideas designed to help children become confident and skilled in thinking about, using and exploring abstract mathematical concepts as they play outside. Many of these ideas and activities are also beautifully displayed in full-colour photographs throughout the book, making it even easier to jump straight into outstanding outdoor learning opportunities. 242 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted UK author Juliet Robertson in hosting in-person professional development sessions (photo below) we've been hooked! Juliet is a pro at providing easy to access ideas applicable to a range of ages and types of educators.
Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental CrisisA People’s Curriculum for the Earth is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis. The book features some of the best articles from Rethinking Schools magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution–as well as on people who are working to make things better. At a time when it’s becoming increasingly obvious that life on Earth is at risk, here is a resource that helps students see what’s wrong and imagine solutions. “Bigelow and Swinehart have created a critical resource for today’s young people about humanity’s responsibility for the Earth. This book can engender the shift in perspective so needed at this point on the clock of the universe.” - Gregory Smith, Professor of Education, Lewis & Clark College, co-author with David Sobel of Place- and Community-based Education in Schools Ethical Elements: Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: This resource came highly recommended to us by many teachers, in particular after the Canadian Environmental Education Conference in Saskatchewan in 2019 (EECOM 2019) where Tim Swinehart spoke. We are excited to be working with Rethinking Schools to bring this resource to Canadian schools and educators! Pages 395
This 72 card set highlights 65 plants from the Pacific Northwest (Cascadia). Offering beautiful colour images, these cards provide traditional Indigenous plant uses and feature several Indigenous languages. While these are somewhat weather resistant, we recommend you keeping them in a ziplock bag (or equivalent) for safe keeping. Ethical Elements: These cards are offered in partnership with Strong Nations - an Indigenous owned and operate store and publishing house. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We have had so many educators rave about these! One of our store's Indigenous advisors brought this to us, and we jumped on the opportunity to partner with Strong Nations to offer this. A fantastic resource!
An Integrated K-8 Guide for Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole-Systems ThinkingThe School Garden Curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship. The book offers:
- A complete K-8 school-wide framework
- Over 200 engaging, weekly lesson plans – ready to share
- Place-based activities, immersive learning, and hands-on activities
- Integration of science, critical thinking, permaculture, and life skills
- Links to Next Generation Science Standards
- Further resources and information sources.
- A model and guide for all educators, The School Garden Curriculum is the complete package for any school wishing to use ecosystem perspectives, science, and permaculture to connect children to positive land ethics, personal responsibility, and wonder, while building vital lifelong skills.
The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world. This rich, fully illustrated compendium features:
- Nature-based skills and activities such as species identification, photography, journaling and the judicious use of digital technology
- Ideas, games and activities grounded in what's happening in nature each season
- Core concepts that promote environmental literacy, such as climate change and the mechanisms and wonder of evolution, explained using a child-friendly, engaging approach
- Lists of key species and happenings to observe throughout the year across most of North America.
In partnership with Strong Nations, we are pleased to offer this book bundle written by 2 authors - one Indigenous and the other non-Indigenous. Authors use both fiction and non-fiction as a unique approach to storytelling. On left-hand pages, lyrical text and colourful illustrations tell stories of young animals and their early morning spring adventures. Expertly woven into these delightful stories are interesting facts about the young animals and other plants and animals in that ecosystem. This Bundle includes:
- A Spring Adventure with Robins (24 pages)
- A Spring Adventure with Deer (24 pages)
- A Spring Adventure with Beavers (24 pages)
- A Spring Adventure with Crows (24 pages)
This second edition of Natural Curiosity supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. The driving motivation for a second edition was the burning need, in the wake of strong and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to situate Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian educational settings and curricula, most notably in connection with environmental issues. Printed on 100% recycled paper. "The text is an excellent balance of theoretical perspectives illustrated with practical examples from a range of classrooms. I particularly enjoyed drawing on the actual transcripts from teachers and students as they engaged in knowledge building discourse and explored students’ questions. The content also complements education transformation that is occurring in British Columbia right now." - Professor, Vancouver Island University 285 pages Ethical Elements: Printed on post-consumer recycled paper. This resource is offered in partnership with Natural Curiosity, an initiative to develop and disseminate an inquiry approach to environmental learning, reaching public school educators and making a difference in school communities across Turtle Island. Read more about our ethical policies & practices. The Inside Scoop: We first became aware of Natural Curiosity's work at the NAAEE conference in Ottawa in 2014. Since then we've worked closely with their team to offer a variety of workshops and training opportunities for educators.
L’importance du point de vue autochtone dans l’enquête dans l’environnement de l’enfant Le présent document est un excellent outil pour l’enseignante ou l’enseignant de même qu’un incitatif pour l’élève à découvrir le monde qui l’entoure. Il encadre l’enquête dans l’environnement, enquête qui est façonnée par les questions et les hypothèses formulées par l’élève – sa curiosité naturelle – pendant qu’il explore son environnement. C’est un document qui encourage l’enseignante ou l’enseignant à trouver sa façon à elle ou à lui de tirer parti de la faculté d’émerveillement de l’enfant et de bâtir une culture d’apprentissage communautaire ciblée, adaptée et grandement motivante. Dans cette deuxième édition de Curiosité naturelle, on découvre plus en détail l’apprentissage environnemental vu par les Autochtones. Avec cette découverte, on ne peut que remettre complètement en question la place que l’on occupe dans le monde. Le point de vue autochtone de cette édition donne le coup d’envoi d’un dialogue qui permet à l’enseignante ou à l’enseignant de découvrir la vision autochtone des choses et à l’élève de tisser des liens durables avec le monde naturel. Pages 312
Published by our Indigenous partners at Strong Nations, Groundswell is a collection of stirring and passionate essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers that, together, present a compelling message about how traditional Indigenous knowledge and practices can and must be used to address climate change. The chapters eloquently interconnect, taking us from radical thinking to the gentleness of breath, demonstrating that we are all in this together, that we must understand what needs to be accomplished and participate in the care of Mother Earth. Pages 193 Authors tap into religious and spiritual perspectives, explore the wisdom of youth, and share the insights of a nature-based philosophy. These collective writings give you a chance to contemplate and formulate your own direction. A moral revolution that can produce a groundswell of momentum toward a diverse society based on human rights, Indigenous rights, and the rights of Mother Earth. With 208 pages, beautifully illustrated with photographs, Groundswell is augmented with a Curriculum Correlation Chart for Grades 11 & 12. Profits from the book will help support the videos, documentary, and future projects of The Call to Action for Climate Change. Visit www.envisionthebigpicture.com.
Whether starting a new nature-based program or "naturalizing" an existing classroom, this book is your guide to creating a successful nature-learning experience and making the most of the time children spend outdoors. This book will inspire readers with:
- examples from successful outdoor programs
- the strengths of a variety of nature-based approaches
- the organizing principles of curriculum and best practices to create engaging outdoor experiences
- tools for policy development, site assessment, selection, and risk management
Author David Sobel walks readers through the nitty-gritty facts of running a nature-based program. Organized around nine themes, each chapter begins with an overview from the author, followed by case studies from diverse early childhood programs, ranging from those that serve at-risk children to public preschools to university farm programs to Waldorf schools. David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. 254 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted David on a series of in-person workshops, we were hooked! Before adding this resource to our store, we tested it with hundreds of educators with rave reviews. His philosophy, approach and ideas are deserving of his world renowned reputation.
This basic student backpack offers the essentials to assist teachers in moving the classroom outside! Items all come in a student backpack fully unpackaged, assembled & ready to use!
- Recycled Clipboard
- Outdoor Sit Pad
- Animal Tracks & Traces Guide
- Weatherproof Field Journal
- Comes in a Basic Student Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
Sense of Place Education for the Elementary YearsMaintaining that there is no substitute for hands-on experience, David Sobel places the initial emphasis on local projects- projects that begin in students' own backyards and communities, projects that provide a sense of place. Mapmaking, as Sobel uses it, has relevance across the curriculum. In addition to appealing to social studies teachers, this book will be of interest to science teachers, language arts teachers, and math teachers looking for new ways to invigorate the curriculum. In the beginning, students stay close to home, mapping their known world. Gradually, they move on to their neighborhood, developing a sense of place, scope, and perspective. Eventually, once students are older, they explore the nation, the world, even the solar system, creating raised relief maps and contour maps to develop visual literacy and spatial reasoning skills. Vivid illustrations of the students' work are provided throughout to let you observe each stage of development. Author David Sobel is the director of Teacher certification programs in the education department of Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a frequent keynote speaker at environmental education conferences and serves as a consultant to school districts and environmental organizations. 164 pages The Inside Scoop: Ever since we hosted David on a series of in-person workshops, we were hooked! Before adding this resource to our store, we tested it with hundreds of educators with rave reviews. His philosophy, approach and ideas are deserving of his world renowned reputation.
Ktunaxa artist Carol Louie provided the art for the feather and ideas for the design. Robert Louie (Ktunaxa) and Denice Louie (Athabascan) completed the design work in collaboration with their summer youth worker Gabe Kobasiuk (Cree). Robert Louie is a residential school survivor. Most of his siblings also went to residential school. “The heart with the broken lines was used to show how the residential school affected our people, our connections, our teachings. Though fractured, the hearts of our people continue and remain strong. And in all of our hearts, at the center of our communities are the little ones, our future – represented by the child’s hand. The eagle feather honours and recognizes all the children who were forced into residential school.” These flags are 36" x 72" (standard size flag) and come with grommets on the top and bottom of the left side. They have been smudged with sweetgrass and sage to honour the missing and the survivors of Residential schools. Each order will be accompanied by a letter from one of our Indigenous Advisors, and a copy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. $15 from the purchase of each flag will be directed equally between the Orange Shirt Society, The Legacy Of Hope Foundation and the Residential School Survivors Society. Any remaining proceeds will go towards outdoor and land-based learning charities and non-profits that are endeavoring to do their part to deepen understanding and take action towards reconciliation. We have posted a number of Indigenous Learning Resources that we encourage you to learn from and share.
"Please join us and begin this journey of healing for all Indigenous people by flying this flag in honour of all the missing children and to the survivors of these schools. Your support is so important to all of Canada and the flag reminds us that we all have work to do to unmask the truth."
- Jenna Jasek, Shuswap Band Member and Indigenous Advisor, Canada's Outdoor Learning Store
This book bundle provides 10 excellent learning resources for kids to explore Métis knowledge, culture and history connected to the land. It includes translations into Michif, and offers incredibly vibrant illustrations giving insight into Métis life. Author Leah Dorion is a Métis artist, author, curriculum developer, lecturer and researcher. She has taught Métis History and Native Studies for the First Nations University of Canada, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and the University of Saskatchewan. She is also a visual artist and an instructor at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program. This Bundle includes:
- Relatives With Roots (54 pages + cd)
- The Giving Tree (31 pages)
- How the Moon Came to Be (16 pages)
- Métis and Dandelions (16 pages)
- Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions (16 pages)
- Pemmican Berries (16 pages)
- Poems to Honour Mother Earth (16 pages)
- The Helpful Sasquatch (16 pages)
- Métis Transport Boxes (16 pages)
- The Story of the Tamarack Tree (16 pages)
This introductory kit for educators offers the essentials to support teachers in taking their learning outdoors.
- Outdoor Sit Pad
- Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard
- Field Journal with Waterproof Paper
- Teacher Resource - Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors
- Teacher Resource - A Walking Curriculum Teacher Resource: Evoking Wonder and Developing a Sense of Place
- Comes in a Basic Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
This enhanced student backpack allows students to deepen their exploration of the world outside their classroom. Items in backpack come fully unpackaged, assembled & ready to use.
- Recycled Clipboard
- Outdoor Sit Pad
- Weatherproof Field Journal
- National Geographic 8x Binoculars
- Field Magnifier
- Dip Net
- Pond Guide
- Animal Tracks & Traces Guide
- Comes in a Basic Student Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
Designed for learners of all ages, and no previous water testing experience. Compact, lightweight and convenient for quick sampling. Water samples can be taken anywhere quickly and easily. And our team can provide additional resources and support to help enhance your learning. Each kit contains…
- Thermometer (air temperature)
- Test strips (pH, alkalinity, hardness)
- Conductivity meter (conductivity, water temperature)
- Sample container
- Mini testkit field notepad
- Waterproof phone case
- Reacher stick
- 3 Whirl pak bags
- Mini Field guide
- 3 stickers and 2 badges
- All contained in a hard case with carabiner
The MSR 'Shift' snowshoe is a very high quality, durable and easy-to-use snowshoe designed for students in grades 2 - 9.
- Durable: Injection-molded deck stands up to years of abuse
- Secure and Safe: The same steel traction bars and crampons as our adult shoes offering outstanding, all-conditions grip
- Versatile Sizing: Easy-to-use bindings adjust to fit shoes sizes sizes 1-7 US (men's), 32-41 EU
This enhanced kit for educators helps them to take the next steps in deepening their outdoor learning practice.
- Durable Outdoor Sit Pad
- Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard
- Field Journal with Waterproof Paper
- Field Magnifier with Lanyard
- Teacher Resource - Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
- Teacher Resource - Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies for Teaching
- Comes in a Basic Backpack made from recycled pop bottles!
This set of 5 teacher resources for K-8 educators comes highly recommended by the Classrooms to Communities Network Society (C2C). C2C is a non-profit network that connects classrooms and communities to grow collaboration, leadership and mentorship capacity for place-based education and environmental literacy. These resources offer educators activities, lesson plans, Indigenous perspectives and the development of an understanding of concepts and practices related to sustainability, stewardship and citizenship. This set includes:
- Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry
- Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities
- A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder and Developing a Sense of Place
- The Big Book of Nature Activities: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning
- Teaching Kids About Climate Change
“We Are All Connected” is a series of 10 books that explore how we all live together in a shared balance upon Mother Earth. Each book explores a specific ecosystem with a focus on one animal and its adaptations for survival within that ecosystem. Indigenous interviewees, each living within the same area, have responded to strategic questions as to how their community interacts with the land, their traditional territory. Explore each text with a sense of inquiry in mind. 2 Foundation Titles The two foundational books provide deeper understanding of the content of the “We Are All Connected” titles. We Are All Connected: The Earth, Our Home- explores biomes, ecosystems and biodiversity. We Are All Connected: The Earth, We Share- explores the interconnectedness between living and non-living things. 8 We Are All Connected Titles:
- Coast Salish, Coastal Rainforests and Cougars
- Haisla, Rivers and Chinook Salmon
- Inuit, Tundra and Ravens
- Lakota, Mixed Grasslands and Bald Eagles
- Métis, Wetlands and Mallards
- Nisga'a, Ponds and Leopard Frogs
- Nlaka'pamux, Grasslands and Rattlesnakes
- Sto:lo, Riparian Forests and Black Bears
- Traditional storytelling and artwork begin each title from the focus Indigenous territory.
- Science: Biodiversity, classification, life cycles, food chains, food webs and connections between living and non-living things are just some of the science concepts included in each book.
- Social Studies: Contemporary and historical Indigenous cultural knowledge flows throughout each book. Local land forms, gatherings, harvesting practices and government are some of the social studies concepts included in each book.
Next time you head to the ocean, you can do so as a scientist! Our Ocean Explorer kit comes with all the tools you’ll need to collect baseline information about ocean water quality. Good water quality is critical to the health of coral reefs and all the habitats in the ocean. Using this kit, you can test for some general health parameters, like temperature, salinity, pH, alkalinity, hardness, water clarity and depth. These give us an idea what conditions are like, and teach us that every region is different, through natural and unnatural conditions. For example, salinity and temperature affect water density! These tests, along with your observations on what you see, smell and hear, help give context to your environment. Each kit contains:
- Thermometer (air temperature, water temperature)
- Secchi disc (water clarity or depth)
- Test strips (pH, alkalinity, nitrate, nitrite)
- Salinity Meter
- Sample container
- Ocean Explorer field notepad
- 3 Whirl pack bags
- Field guide
- 4 stickers and 3 badges
- Reacher stick
Strong Stories is a collection of 48 books for elementary students which share Indigenous stories and knowledge from across Canada. They offer students information and ideas for connecting more deeply with the land. Written, published and illustrated by Indigenous people from across Canada, this collection offers a wealth of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Please note we are only offering this as a set right now as a way of encouraging the exposure of students to a broader range of cultures and stories from across Canada. And purchased as a set in this way each book is less than $10 each.Authors:
Sale!The Looking Closely Kit includes 10 curated books accompanied by resources & equipment to support K-7 emergent inquiry outdoors! This kit was curated and created by teachers Megan Zeni, Sarah Regan and Lauren MacLean. Megan and Sarah are job share partners teaching entirely outdoors in a K-7 garden classroom. Megan shares these experiences of outdoor play and learning on Instagram and Twitter at @roomtoplay. Lauren is a K-7 mentoring support teacher who has a love for playing, learning, and teaching outdoors. She is the host of the Mentoring Nature Connections podcast and author of Me and My Sit Spot. Each kit includes book specific lesson sparks, guiding questions, and curricular connections for looking closely outdoors. Spend less time planning and more time exploring outdoors with your learners! This kit includes:
- 9 curated picture books that support looking closely outdoors (see list below)
- 11 page PDF that includes a conceptual overview of looking closely with lesson sparks and guiding questions for each book
- 2 x Bugs & Slugs Nature Guide
- 2 x Butterflies & Pollinators Nature Guide
- 2 x Bees & Pollinators Nature Guide
- 10 x Handheld Field Magnifiers (with 'explore your world' lanyards)
- 1 x Two-way Nature Viewer
- 3 x pair of National Geographic Student Binoculars
- 3 x recycled backpacks to keep it all organized
Sale!The FoodCycler for Schools is an indoor compost alternative which transforms food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer (we call 'foodilizer'!) for the garden. In 4-6 hours, this compost food recycler will reduce food waste volume and weight by up to 90%, leaving a dry, odourless and sterile by-product which can be safely handled by students and teachers. The FoodCycler for Schools provides authentic, hands-on learning opportunities for students of all ages, which can be easily connected to curriculum. It can be used to complement units of study on solid waste (i.e., food waste, waste reduction). It can activate research into the science of decomposition or an inquiry into the benefits of compost. Use the fertilizer from the FoodCycler to amend soil for your indoor plants or school gardens and watch them flourish! By using a FoodCycler, you are keeping your school (or organization / household) food waste out of landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% vs. sending it to the landfill. The FoodCycler for Schools is:
- easy to use
- energy efficient
- 1 x FoodCycler FC-30
- 1 x Removable Grinding Bucket
- 1 x Deodorizing Bucket Lid
- 5 x Set of Carbon Filters (1 set in the unit, 4 extra sets)
- 1 x Instructional Guide
- Educational Support Materials (below)
- FoodCycler for Schools Overview
- Congratulations on your new FoodCycler!
- Félicitations pour votre nouveau FoodCycler!
- FoodCycler Learning & Action Kit
- Le kit d'apprentissage et d'action FoodCycler
- Vermicomposting & School-Based Composting: Learn about decomposition and how your FoodCycler turns food scraps into fertilizer!
- Reduce Your Food Waste: Use the FoodCycler to audit and significantly reduce your school’s food waste.
- Pollinator Garden & Grow a Food Garden: Use your FoodCycler by-product to nourish bee-friendly plants or grow vegetables in a food garden!
- Indoor Gardening & Greenhouses: Nourish your indoor plants by incorporating your by-product into their soil – or start new seeds with by-product and fresh soil!
- How long is the warrantee? The FoodCycler comes with a standard 1-year manufacturer warrantee.
- How much power does it use per cycle? The processing time is about 4-8 hours and uses less than >0.8kWh
- Have you verified that this would accommodate the amount of organic waste that a classroom would produce in a day? We recommend running the cycle after snack time and then after lunch to accommodate the food waste.
- In the winter months in cold climates do teachers just collect this into a larger bin, say a garbage bin with a lid, and then do you dig it in garden beds in the spring when the ground has thawed? You can bin the by-product during the winter months and use it for your garden in the spring.
- Has this been found to be a wildlife attractant, or is the smell reduced enough? Can you leave it in a bin outside without risk of wildlife being attracted? Many of our pilot partners are from small rural areas where they do not have a green bin collection service and cannot compost due to the fear of attracting bears and other animals. They have not had an issue with attracting animals with the by-product of the FoodCycler!
- What is the recommended amount that this be added to the soil? We recommend adding 1-part foodilizer (the by-product generated by the FoodCycler) to a minimum of 10 parts soil. You can add more foodilizer over time.
Our Education testkit is specifically designed with educators in mind. We’ve curated the experience to help teachers become experts in water testing, giving youth hands-on experiences by the water. In it, you’ll find 3 sets of our most popular tools: thermometers, conductivity meters, test strips containers, reacher sticks, and sample cups. You’ll also find a dissolved oxygen testkit and a reel to help you do physical surveys of water bodies you test. This testkit is perfect for groups of 15-20 students. In the teacher guide, you’ll find information on how to perform every test, tips for organizing an excursion, and detailed lesson plans. Each testkit includes:
- 3 thermometers
- 3 conductivity meters (with calibration solution)
- 3 10-packs of teststrips for students (3 x 10 / container)
- 3 reacher sticks
- 3 sample cups
- 3 mini clipboards
- 3 pens
- 1 refill bottle of teststrips (50 / bottle)
- 1 dissolved oxygen testkit (30 vials)
- 1 measuring reel
- 15 stickers
- 6 badges
- 15 student cards (for filling out post-testing information)
- 1 teacher guide
- 1 teacher clipboard
- 1 hand towel