Participants will be introduced to hands-on, interactive, and joyful ways of naturally engaging children in scientific thinking outdoors. Leave with specific strategies for engaging students in cross-curricular inquiries that can be found in your school yard, garden, and community. This session will share stories of joyful learning, with examples of how we might spark scientific wonder and curiosity in whatever outdoor space you have available. Participants will learn how to weave an emergent curriculum with play, place, and land in the outdoor classroom.
Megan Zeni is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her research interests include elementary school teachers' experiences, attitudes, and opinions of unstructured outdoor play and learning. Megan has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, and currently teaches entirely outdoors in a garden classroom.