Vancouver Outdoor School offers a variety of engaging and skill-building workshops and programs for teachers, educators, support staff and those interested in developing their skills, techniques, and strategies for interacting with students, both in and outside the classroom. We provide the tools and support for overcoming challenges, so you and your staff can feel more confident in your ability to design, lead and offer learning and life-shaping experiences.
Choose Your Pro D Day Workshop
Take a look at our top 10 workshops we’ve conducted to get an idea of what would work best for you and your team’s specific interests and needs. If you are unsure which of our workshops to choose, the best way to decide is to get in touch with us.
You can also contact us to create a customized experience!
Play and Experiential Education
When Peter Rabbit Stepped on Pooh: Connecting Famous Children’s Characters to Place-Based Education
- Many of our beloved fictional children’s characters creatively display social-emotional learning opportunities in a simple and relatable way, through their adventures in nature, their simplicity, and friendship.
- Introduces the fundamentals of place-based education with an emphasis on environmental responsibility and imaginative play.
- Walk away with simple and low-cost ideas of how you can use place(s) and stories as tools for learning that are engaging and relevant.
The Outside Classrooom: Bringing Back the Fun in Natural Play
Connecting the Dots Between Experiential Learning and Cultural Practices
- Learn about the expansive “outside” classroom and how to teach students hands-on learning material through experiential learning techniques, play and sometimes getting a little dirty.
- You will learn a ton of games, activities, and ideas that are transferable to the home, centre or school.
- Provides participants with transferable learning tools, play activities and resources for ages 5 and up through interactive and discussion-based activities.
- Schools, community centres, and camps are central to honouring diversity and bringing inclusivity and connectivity to their communities and students.
- Challenges our paradigms on building a sense of community, and leaves you with tools and perspectives to continually reshape them.
Team Building and Leadership Strategies
Team Building Essentials: Finding the Groove in Managing Teams and Staff
The Universal Team Fixer-Upper:
Balls, Duct Tape and Rope
- Boost productivity, increase employee staff’s worth and build a stronger team identity using practical, interactive and easy-to-use tools.
- Examines Tuckman’s Five Stages of Group Development
- Dives into Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and Five Assets of a Successful Team curriculum developed by Creative Toolbox
- Goes beyond the basics! Uses creative and empowering measures to help your team build upon the essentials.
Experiential activities to increase the fun factor while tying up any of your team’s loose ends.
- Team building activities that use duct tape, balls and rope as tools and learning devices.
Duct DodgeBall, Rope Webs, Duct Tug of War, and much more!
Developing the Learner and Facilitator Essentials
- Learn the art of facilitation, and the essential tools needed to become a better facilitator and teacher.
- Clarify the purposes and responsibilities of the learner(s)
- Organize and make available valuable learning resources for your work setting
- Discover how to set a positive climate for learning, as well as how to balance intellectual and emotional components of learning.
Climate Change Education
Leadership = Action in Motion.
Education = Wisdom and Direction
As you know, climate change will fundamentally reshape everything in our present lives and the Iives of future generations in all aspects including 21st-century learning in the classroom. This particular workshop, instead of focusing on the doom and gloom of the crisis, takes a practical approach in teaching climate change “education” through forms of outdoor leadership.
- Learn facts of climate change and how to engage our young learners to become proactive, focused and hopeful.
- Experience action-oriented and adaptable training for an ever-changing world and learn how to bring it into your classroom.
- Get inspired by others teaching their students about climate change through: project-based learning, field trips, expressive arts, summer school courses, community engagement and peaceful advocacy.
- We base our Climate Change Education on science, and we integrate both an Indigenous and Western perspective.
Tools for Tough Times
Taming Tigers and Slowing Down Tasmanian Devils: The Secrets of Working with Those with Challenging Behaviours
- Learn and utilize new skills that will bring more balance to a challenging, discouraging environment
- Put resources such as “The Big R Words” and “HALTS” into your everyday toolkit.
- Understand the differences between independence, dependence, codependency and interdependent relationships
- Personal stories and examples of resources that provide perspectives of the teacher, student, family and community worker regarding the need for change, challenge and more direct approach to care
Unplugging the Little Monsters and Reconnecting the Virtues of Childhood Learning
- Examines the current realities and potential directions we are heading in the 21st Century regarding outdoor and experiential-based learning techniques.
- Provides attendees activities, games, perspectives and resources to support educators/instructors/camp leaders in being back in the driver’s seat.
Between The Trees
Messiness of Play
Walk & Roll: Through the Lens of Disabilities
- Play is diverse, infinite and natural, but it is so much more than that. It is essential in developing a positive personal identity and connecting with our deeper selves.
- Experience the fun of playing
asif you were a child again.
- Learn and understand the importance of free playing for children and adults.
- Get involved in interactive activities where practitioners and educators will simply enjoy it.
- Think differently about people with disabilities, a paradigm “experiential” shift and who we need to create more inclusive communities
- Through the use of props and other equipment, we will simulate the challenges of living with different disabilities, ranging from physical to cognitive.
- Be part of games, activities
anddiscussions that will enhance your learning and understanding or programming people with disabilities.
- Hands-on outdoor cooking lessons, creating delicious and healthy “bush snacks” with an experienced wilderness cook.
- ‘Wild Gourmet’ includes discussions surrounding food literacy, holistic student wellness practices, and natural food systems.
- Learn interactive activities to integrate into the classroom, teaching the importance of healthy and local foods.
- Imagine it! The next classroom field trip could be an “Iron Chef” in the park, integrating wild gourmet with student learning outcomes.
Forest Medicine and Fire Starting for Teachers
- The basics of place-based learning and outdoor experiential education focusing on environmental responsibility, student stewardship, outdoor skills and forest exploration.
- Enjoy a half or full-day interactive workshop with nature and eco-based activities, projects and a sharing circle to take back to the classroom.
- Learn the craft of fire, what to use for tinder, and fire building essentials including flint and steel.
- Go on a plant-based medicine walk; get to know some local forest edibles and how to use your nearby forest as an “outdoor classroom”.
- Knowledge-based training covering the basics of community outdoor experiential education and the importance of respect for the planet, oneself and others.