We are two educators committed to Nature-Based, Place-Based Learning for ALL students. By bringing the classroom outside and into nature and facilitating outdoor environmental inquiry activities, we are following an emergent curriculum approach to education in a public school setting. We believe students are most engaged when they direct their own learning, whether we are visiting our nearby nature area on a Forest School day or we are creating using Loose Parts in our Outdoor Makerspace. We observe and encourage our students, then link their interests to the Big Ideas in the Ontario Curriculum, and have noticed a significant impact on student achievement and well-being.  

Join us on our journey!

Jacquie and Joanne
Meadowlands PS, Ottawa, ON, Canada


Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario:
We will be facilitating a 1 day workshop for OCETFO on October 21st, 2017.
Rain or Shine: Take Your Students Outside

We facilitated an ETFO Summer Academy: July 11th - 13th 2017 in London, Ontario

& a workshop at ETFO's Kindergarten Conference March 31st- April 1st at the Kingsbridge Conference Centre.

International Play Association (@IPA_World):
We  facilitated a "Walk-Shop" at the IPA's World Conference this September in Calgary, Alberta on September 13th, 2017. http://canada2017.ipaworld.org ​

We facilitated the Evergreen Outdoor Classroom Institute in Ottawa, Ontario
August 23rd - 24th, 2017.

We co-facilitated the Evergreen OCI in August 2016.

May 20th, 2017: We facilitated an outdoor workshop at EECOM See Change Conference in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. http://eecom.org/2017-conference/

Guest Blogger: http://www.forestschoolcanada.ca/uncategorized/bringing-forest-school-back-to-the-classroom

Ottawa Citizen Article: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/into-the-woods-rain-or-shine-forest-school-students-spend-all-day-outside


Loose Parts Adventure Play at Meadowlands Public School

​Outdoor Play and Learning: Loose Parts (Part 3) produced by Evergreen

Outdoor Play and Learning: Routines (Part 4) produced by Evergreen

​Joanne at: joanne.burbidge@ocdsb.ca, @mme_joanne
Jacquie at: jacqueline.whelan@ocdsb.ca, @mmejacquie, www.outmyclassroomwindow.com

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