Wild About Outdoor Learning Supports Take Me Outside

Wild About Outdoor Learning celebrates and encourages people of all ages in British Columbia to #getOUTdoors and #getINvolved in activities to prompt their general well-being, physical health, mental health, learning about nature and caring for it. Wild About Outdoor Learning is fully in support of the upcoming Take Me Outside is one of the partnerContinue reading “Wild About Outdoor Learning Supports Take Me Outside”

Introducing WILD ABOUT Outdoor Learning Society

Wild About Vancouver has split its seams. The work and networks of WAV (pronounced “wave”) now extend well beyond the boundaries of Vancouver, British Columbia. What started as a grassroots movement in 2015 spearheaded with the zestful enthusiasm of Dr. Hart Banack, and a team of outdoor education advocates, has morphed into an incorporated non-profitContinue reading “Introducing WILD ABOUT Outdoor Learning Society”

Parking the “Momma Bear”

As a kid, I was shopping downtown with my mother.  I headed to the counter to pay for my purchase.  The woman at the counter kept taking the purchases of the adults around me.  I repeatedly said excuse me and held up my money.  She continued to ignore me.  I watched my mother checking her wristwatch and she gave meContinue reading “Parking the “Momma Bear””

The Birth of a Birder – Part 2

I learned so much with my first Bird Outing at Mono Lake County Park and Tufa State Natural Reserve Boardwalk, that I decided to attend another.  I got caught up having coffee with the Red breasted Sapsuckers, the Steller’s Jay, the Hummingbird, the Mallard Ducks  and the Coots at Silver Lake. I was late for birdwatching!  My Birding Buddies wereContinue reading “The Birth of a Birder – Part 2”

What is a Birder?

For years I have done bird units with my students.  First as an elementary teacher introducing the basics of scientific observation of habitats.  Later as a middle school teacher facilitating inquiry studies.  As a COVID principal and entrepreneur, it provided a catalyst to get children outside and engaged.   It encouraged them to stop, listen and take notice of whatContinue reading “What is a Birder?”

Dandelion Dreams – Early Retirement Opportunities

One year into early retirement and I am learning things that surprise me.  And it’s exciting.  We shroud retirement with statistics like “death after two years.”  I watched my father diminished with the replacement of “Dr. Dyck” with regular ole’ “Peter” or Pete.”  And yet, I am the lucky recipient of the early retirement buy-out, a pension from havingContinue reading “Dandelion Dreams – Early Retirement Opportunities”

Dandelion Dreams – Fatherhood

Today I have given my husband a cart blanche to do whatever he wants.  Both kids are out of town, but the day is officially his.  He still hasn’t forgiven me for the year that I bought him a wagon and sent him out to Mundy Park with the kids first thing in the morning.  I thought itContinue reading “Dandelion Dreams – Fatherhood”

Tidal WAV 22 Wildness

“We live in a temperate rainforest.” I had one class that teased me and said it in chorus when I entered their classroom. It is a regular part of my announcements before recess, lunch and any other special events in which kids are heading outdoors in the rain. You need to understand to dress appropriatelyContinue reading “Tidal WAV 22 Wildness”

Wild About Reading Revisited

The Wild About Vancouver Tidal WAV ( pronounced “wave”) Outdoor Festival is set and ready to go next Friday, June 3rd from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in beautiful Stanley Park at Second Beach / Ceperley Park. I have put in a request for a sunny day but according to the weather forecast, there isContinue reading “Wild About Reading Revisited”