Joined Jun 3 2014
65 years old
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.