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Andrea Welz
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Exploring the different ways educators engage young children in the natural world has become a significant focus in my life. Recently I've had opportunities to visit nature-based early childhood programs in Scandinavian countries, Germany, and Scotland, all which were thought-provoking, perspective-shifting experiences.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone, sharing thoughts about Wild Pedagogy and how it links to our work/play .... and experiencing a bit of the Yukon.

 

 



Arjen
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57 years old
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Just looking forward to spending some wild wirelessless time in the Yukon just weeks after turning 50 - with some wonderful people including Bob with whom I have had the pleasure of 'working' for exacty 25 years this July!



Bob Henderson
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30 years old

Bob Jickling
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A longtime Yukon resident and Professor Emeritus, Lakehead University



Hilary Coburn
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34 years old
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I am an outdoor enthusiast, adventurer and first year teacher at the Bronte Creek Project in Burlington, Ontario.  Looking forward to connecting with everyone and being a part of this incredible trip! 



Ingrid
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36 years old
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Jane
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48 years old
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I work for Golden Community Resources Society (GCRS) as the program coordinator for projects concerning environmental education in early childhood education and as the Community Action Program for Children Site Coordinator. I am also currently teaching the Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Stewardship course at the College of the Rockies, in their Adventure Tourism Business Operations program.

My work with GCRS has included the development and coordination of outdoor programs for children aged 1-8 and parents, workshops for pre-school and kindergarten teachers and student teachers, and discussion groups for parents on outdoor play, self-regulation, and screen-time. I also manage an environmental education blog called “Learning in, about, and for our Environment: a Golden Community Initiative” - www.inaboutandfor.blogspot.ca. I am specifically interested in the role unstructured outdoor play (and lack of) has in socializing children to think and behave in various ways towards the natural environment.

In 2000, I completed my BA in Social Anthropology in Montreal. I went on to do a diploma in nature sciences in western Norway. And in 2006, received my MA in Education with a concentration in Environmental Education in New Zealand. From 2009-2011, I worked on environmental education projects with the United Nations Association of Norway and as a guest lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Sogndal University College in Norway. During a work-related trip in 2012, I was offered employment at GCRS. With my husband and three kids, I have now become a built-in and content part of the Golden community fabric.



Marcus Morse
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50 years old
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Working at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, with a passion for rivers, wilderness travel and approaches to education that focus on aesthetic and embodied experience. Looking forward to the journey!



Margaret
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Mary Breunig
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Polly
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Sara Nielsen
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Female
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Welcome to the Yukon! Though I am sadly unable to join the river trip, I look forward to meeting you all in Whitehorse.

I am about to submit a thesis entitled 'Back to the land, on skis: Northern Aboriginal youth perspectives on outdoor recreation'. I worked with three inspiring youth on a case study of the Kwanlin Koyote Ski Program, using Indigenous Methodologies and interviews while skiing... So by the time the colloqium begins, I hope I'll have under my belt a Master i Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life/Nature/Culture) from the University of Copenhagen!

My work: wildlife biology, culture, recreation, interpretive planning, communications, education, and outreach for Yukon Government's Parks Branch, in collaboration with Yukon First Nations and Inuvialuit governments, and various community organisations.

Or you can find me out hiking, harvesting, canoeing, coaching cross-country skiing or sharing music around a campfire in the Yukon where I grew up.

Other education: B.Sc. Biology, Minor in Environmental Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage.



Veronica Gaylie
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Associate Professor UBC ED

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Victor Elderton
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65 years old
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Hello Fellow Wild Folk,

For over 3 decades I have been working on various facility/curricular-based implementation projects in my attempt to bring theories of Environmental Learning into daily practice. Through this work I have also tried to engage educators as a role model and mentoring leader to help them widen their confidence and engagement with Environmental Learning making it an active part of daily pratice.

For most of the past 30 years my primary role was the Principal co-Adminstrator at the Outdoor School (ODS) for School District  #44 (North Vancouver, Brackendale, BC). Throughout my tenure at ODS and as part of the team that developed the larger scope and ambition for the school we re-branded the overall facility as the Cheakamus Centre and Outdoor School remains a key component to this new configuration.

As my role evoved in 2013 my work became more practically focussed on bringing the best of Outdoor School to main stream school environments. At present I am a teaching administrator at Norgate Community Elementary in North Vancouver. Norgate is a school with 65% first nations and provides me the opportunity and living labratory for "bringing theory into practice" on daily basis while influencing fellow educators at my school and more broadly. I am still involved with ODS as a member of it's advisory council with a specific interest in how the enriched field school experiences of places like ODS can become better integrated with daily environmental learning.

Along the way my personal and professinal EL journey has included mentoring, advisory and leadership roles with Environmental Educators of BC, Young Naturalists Clubs of BC, MetroVancouver Education Advisory, Coho Society, Institute of Environmental Learning, Royal Roads University, Ibaraki University ICAS and Association of Nature Centre Administrators.

My primary focus is, as always, how to bring theory into practice. More specifically I have tried to hone this broader objective into three core areas:

1) Development, design and construction physical learning spaces that faciliate and enhance Outdoor Nature-based environmental learning especially in urban and suburban areas. This would include but not be exclusive to outdoor classrooms, field schools, gardens and nature-based playscapes.

2) Development, design and implementaion of Outdoor Nature-based environmental learning curricula and programs for (a) young learners - under 9 years old and their families and (b) future Environmental Learning leaders such teachers, informal educators and community program instructors especially if urban and suburban settings.

3) Investigation, practical application and implementaion within facility and program design of recent research on human cognitive development and how that is influenced by Nature engagement, "Brain on Nature" and it's relationship to self-regulation human development.



Vivian Wood-Alexander
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Assistant professor at Nord Trondelag University College, Levanger, Norway. 



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yuko
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I’m working at Kagoshima University,Japan, for more than 10 years and have research background in adult and community education.

I spend a lot of time with communities especially with villagers of Amai islands (group of islands which just have tentative registration for 5th World Natural Heritage in Japan) to promote enriched lifestyle while maintaining balance between with natural surroundings, based on “environmental culture”, the relationship which has developed over the course of history between the splendid nature of Amami and its people.

I also do comparative research on indigenous environmental education between Japan and Canada from the point of view of history of environmental education based on Minamata disease (mercury poision) – kogai kyouiku (education against pollution).

It will be a great challenge for me to attend the colloquium, though I am looking forward to meeting everyone.