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Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photography Resource

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An online nature photography resource dedicated to the art and technique of nature, wildlife and landscape photography.
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What I love about this site is that these high-quality pictures are honest. The up-close floral and animal shots depict the compex detail of nature while the panoramic photos of landscapes show the destruction caused by environmental decay and human pollution. Teachers and students can browse through the photos for extension purposes: draw/paint replicates of the photo, draw/paint/snap of photo of nature in your local area (or the lack of nature), have class debate on environmental issue, develop environmental initiatives for stewardship, etc. So many activities can stem from these photos provided.

 

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NATURE’S NEURONS: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? : The New Nature Movement

NATURE’S NEURONS: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? : The New Nature Movement | Outdoor Education: The World is Our Classroom | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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I love nature. I love neurons. Here is an article that intersects the influence of nature on brain development. While there are little to no studies that study that specific outdoor experiences with brain development, previous studies do suggest that nearby nature can also stimulate learning abilities and reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Additionally, therapies using gardening or animal companions do improve psychological health, and parks with rich biodiversity appear to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and social bonding among humans. So the outdoor classroom does more than teach curriculum, it improves our intellectual and socio-emotional well-being. http://blog.childrenandnature.org/2012/07/26/natures-neurons-do-early-experiences-in-the-natural-world-shape-childrens-brain-architecture/

 

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OSEE (EnviroEducators) on Twitter

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The latest from OSEE (@EnviroEducators). We're the Ontario Society for Environmental Education, supporting and inspiring environmental educators in Ontario in english & french. Ontario, Canada
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Ontario Society for Environmental Education tweets about nature facts and environmental projects and retweets ideas from teachers' experiences with outdoor education. "Experiences in nature lead to appreciation for nature, which leads to a will to protect nature." Find tweets, follow outdoor educators, and click links. A world of resources is at your fingertips.

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Get 'em Outside.

http://www.nclicoalition.org to increase environmental education opportunities at your school. Celebrating environmental education and its impact on children...
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Couldn't have said it better myself! Opportunities to learn outdoors definitely has positive impacts on children's learning, health, and leadership. Iearning about the world, why not bring students into the world. Access to resources is always a conern, but if you are dedicated to outdoor education, you can find inexpensive, local way to make learning come alive! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRR1feHqZPY

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Environmental Education - Home

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Adventures In Education Outdoor Environmental Education for Schools

2011 Education Brochure

The Hamilton Conservation Authority is pleased to
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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is blessed to have a region full of preserved areas and hundreds of waterfalls. In connection with the outdoor and environmental education programs, the board suggests some outdoor centres for school programs, all under the Hamilton Conservation Authority. With program guides and education resources, it's a great place to start!

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Five Tips for Introducing Outdoor Education to Your Class

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This how-to article accompanies the feature "Early-Childhood Education Takes to the Outdoors."

Here are five ways to adopt the ideas behind the Waldkindergarten concept:

Partner with a Local Nat
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The concerns of resources and safety should not limit what the outdoors can do for learning. Preparation is key. Edutopia provides five tips for the educator to introduce outdoor education to the students. Even if you can't bring the class to outdoor programs, bring the outdoors to the class! http://www.edutopia.org/early-childhood-outdoor-education-waldkindergarten-tips

 

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Junior Development « Orienteering Canada

Junior Development « Orienteering Canada | Outdoor Education: The World is Our Classroom | Scoop.it
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Orienteering is a common skill that students experience and develop in outdoor education. Whether relating this to historical methods of travelling or to a fun way of kinaesthetically exploring key sites of a forest, orienteering is an engaging way to explore the outdoors. Little did I know that orienteering is considered to be a sport! Once students have learned the basic skills, they can join an orienteering club for junior development and/or youth leadership. There are even thousands of people that go orienteering around the world as a sport! Acknowledging this fact dismisses the idea that orienteering is outdated. Far from it! What a fantastic opportunity for students to explore the local and global world! http://www.orienteering.ca/resources/junior-development/

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Curriculum Support- Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

Curriculum Support- Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada | Outdoor Education: The World is Our Classroom | Scoop.it
Algonquin Park adventures and retreats at Northern Edge Algonquin: algonquin park, ontario, canada 800 953-3343 / 705 386-1595
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ExperientialEducation.ca provides ways to get connected with adventure and environmental experiences. The great thing about these programs is that you can participate as a class or as a family. Whether you're explicitly linking the experiences to curriculum or you're making good times with friends and family, experiences are the best way to learn and have fun!

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Ontario Trails

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This is the official blog (ontariotrails.blogspot.ca) of Ontario Trails. There are already tons of ideas flowing through my mind of how you can integrate science education into trail experiences. Some of the outdoor activities would be ideal for secondary courses in particular.

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Canadian Wildlife Federation :: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation :: Canadian Wildlife Federation | Outdoor Education: The World is Our Classroom | Scoop.it
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a charitable organization that works with Canadians to make a difference to the kind of legacy we leave behind … not just for wildlife, but also for our children.
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The Canadian Wildlife Federation offers resources for educators and students. If you participate in their workshop for teachers, the Federation provides each participant with a thick book full of lesson plan ideas that bring the outdoors into the classroom in visual and kinaesthetic ways. Or take the next step and bring the classroom outdoors! This federation is doing amazing things for education.

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