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‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’

‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’ | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before, and this is changing the development of their muscles and senses. They are becoming a generation of “unsafe” children — reports of clumsiness and falls are on the rise in schools. As adults, at least we have a choice if we’d like to take a movement break. Children don’t always have that luxury.
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Kindergarten in the Great Outdoors

Kindergarten in the Great Outdoors | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Improved cognitive functioning ... has been associated with nature-based learning for years.
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We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education

We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
The wilderness rescued me. I have been shaped by my experiences in the great outdoors. Feeling comfortable in the wild gave me the confidence to be who I am, not who others want me to be. There is a natural simplicity to nature; it is far more tactile and tangible than the classroom. It’s a leveller; it strengthened my character and set me back on track.
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From the inner city to Patagonia: Street2Peak takes B.C. youth on a new epic trip

From the inner city to Patagonia: Street2Peak takes B.C. youth on a new epic trip | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
The 10th annual Strachan Hartley Foundation Legacy Run on Sunday raises funds to take the Lower Mainland's inner city-youth to the mountains of Patagonia.
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Avalanche educators grapple with social media’s influence on backcountry travelers’ decision making

Avalanche educators grapple with social media’s influence on backcountry travelers’ decision making | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
In the U.S. about 27 people die in avalanches each year. Colorado is by far the deadliest state, with 62 avalanche deaths recorded from 2005 to 2015. And among the 270 Colorado deaths since 1950, t…
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Outdoor programs aim to prepare students for university's challenges

Outdoor programs aim to prepare students for university's challenges | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
The experience, however, prepared the 19-year-old for her first year of law school at McGill University in a way few other weeks could have, she said. “We faced challenges that were new to a lot of us and situations we had not seen before. But we were a team in the end.”
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Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't

Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
I realized that much of what I thought was necessity was, in fact, luxury and began to realize how easily I could survive off of much less. I didn’t necessarily need hot water or a timely bus or a comfortable bed to be happy for the day. I didn’t necessarily need a jaw-dropping landscape or a famous archeological ruin or a stunning beach to make my travels worth it. Instead, most of the time, that fulfillment came from the people I interacted with—not the things I had or did.
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What if every kid got to go to summer camp … during the school year?

What if every kid got to go to summer camp … during the school year? | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
In Oregon, that wish could come true if voters approve an initiative expected on the November ballot that would send every fifth or sixth grade student in the state to a week-long, overnight outdoor school.
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"There is more in you than you think" - an award for non-formal education - Yo!Mag

Its continued relevance to modern society is due to the fact that the Award is based on some great principles. Firstly, that not all learning happens in the classroom, and that young people need opportunities to learn outside formal education. Secondly, that young people themselves are the best people to decide what they need to do to challenge themselves. The final principle is that it’s really important for young people to have a way to prove to others that they’ve tested themselves in this way.
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How not to die on the West Coast Trail

How not to die on the West Coast Trail | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
And on your 34th hour of hiking: over rocks, under fallen trees, through mud, sand, and rain, battling Mother Nature while waging a small war with your own growling stomach, trying to ignore that blister on your big toe, but preoccupied with whether you'll beat high tide and make it to your next camp site before dark — that's when you slip.
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What Makes Berlin a Playground Paradise

What Makes Berlin a Playground Paradise | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Guided by what most German parents consider a healthy chance for children to mitigate risk in the interest of developing selbstständigkeit, self-sufficiency — or what some American parents might deem a total lack of concern for child safety — playgrounds here are physically challenging and ambitious in design.
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Why young Kids Learn Through Movement.

Why young Kids Learn Through Movement. | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
This kind of experiential learning, in which children acquire knowledge by doing and via reflection on their experiences, is full of movement, imagination, and self-directed play. Yet such learning is increasingly rare in early-childhood classrooms in the U.S, where many young children spend their days sitting at tables and completing worksheets. Kindergarten and preschool in the U.S. have become more and more academic, rigorously structuring kids’ time, emphasizing assessment, drawing a firm line between “work” and “play”—and restricting kids’ physical movement.
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Why living around nature could make you live longer

Why living around nature could make you live longer | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
A study just published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who live in “greener” areas, with more vegetation around, have a lower risk of mortality. The health benefits are likely thanks to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity that come with living near green spaces.
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What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods

What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Lia Grippo, Director of the Wild Roots Forest School, created a curriculum that embraces the outdoors while instilling attentiveness and patience.
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The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
City dwellers can benefit from the effects of trees with just a visit to the park. Brief exposure to greenery in urban environments can relieve stress levels, and experts have recommended “doses of nature” as part of treatment of attention disorders in children. What all of this evidence suggests is we don’t seem to need a lot of exposure to gain from nature—but regular contact appears to improve our immune system function and our wellbeing.
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A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award

A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it

Using a map and compass are key elements of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - BC & Yukon Division #AdventurousJourney. 


Teaching youth how to read and understand maps broadens their perspectives and helps them develop greater spatial awareness. Check out our Courses for 2017 to find a trip that meets your needs. Have a great day!

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How Nature Makes Kids Smarter

How Nature Makes Kids Smarter | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.
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Why Our First Outdoor Experiences Are More Important Than We Think

Why Our First Outdoor Experiences Are More Important Than We Think | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Specifically, the data showed that if American youth are given opportunities to have meaningful outdoor experiences, they will be more likely to value nature, engage with it, and feel empowered to do something about it.
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​What a Worst-Case Scenario Earthquake Would Look Like in Vancouver | VICE | Canada

Doing your The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - BC & Yukon Division teaches you the skills to live outdoors, take leadership roles, and care for yourself and others. 


As this article explains, after the 'Big One' you may be backyard camping for up to a week. Our focus is on wilderness expeditions but the skills we teach are transferrable to all areas of your life. 


Be safe. Be prepared. Be ready to help others. Have a great day!

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Teens who grow up surrounded by nature are less likely to be aggressive

Teens who grow up surrounded by nature are less likely to be aggressive | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Whether it's an urban park or a forested wilderness, being close to nature can benefit young people in unexpected ways.
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Outdoor preschool a benefit for children and parents

Outdoor preschool a benefit for children and parents | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
A log cabin, a pond surrounded by trees and wildlife, six acres of land and, starting Aug. 1, eighteen 4-year-olds will all be a part of the Kokomo School Corporation’s
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THE SCHOOL OF NATURE: Greening Our Schools May Be The Real Cutting Edge of Education

THE SCHOOL OF NATURE: Greening Our Schools May Be The Real Cutting Edge of Education | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Outside Atlanta, after returning from a class hike through the woods, an excited six-year-old grabbed his head and said, “There’s so much nature and I only have two eyes and one brain and I think it's going to explode!”
A teacher at the nature-based Chattahoochee Hills Charter School shared
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How Experiential Learning Can Drive Innovation

How Experiential Learning Can Drive Innovation | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
To drive innovation company executives need to have the confidence and skill to stimulate creativity without fear of failure, to manage errors effectively, and to fully embrace the innovation process — and as in everything confidence comes from experience.
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5 Reasons To Sign Your Kid Up For Summer Camp

5 Reasons To Sign Your Kid Up For Summer Camp | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
I was fortunate enough to attend camp in some capacity for every summer from the age of five (at YMCA John Island's family camp) through to the age of 29 (as the director of YMCA Camp Kitchikewana). In those 25 or so summers in between, I had the pleasure of attending and/or working at seven camps in total. The following is what I took away from a quarter century of camp.
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SMALL STEPS, BIG FUTURE: the Profound Experience of Starting a Tiny Family Nature Club

SMALL STEPS, BIG FUTURE: the Profound Experience of Starting a Tiny Family Nature Club | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
It's 10:40 AM.We’re out on a frozen pond in the middle of a winter wonderland. It’s only 16 degrees but the children are dressed well and staying warm, passing a hatchet around.
They're following safety practices and oversight from parents – and one by one taking swings at the ice.
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