Inspiration of Robert Davidson

“The art became the vehicle for cultural knowledge to become part of us.” Robert Davidson (2007-2020 – personal conversations) I am not a grand fan of notifications that flip across my computer screen and distract me from the task at hand.  But sometimes, just sometimes, these notices are perfectly timed flashes of brilliance. A notice flashedContinue reading “Inspiration of Robert Davidson”

WA Wed – A Walk with a Biologist

David Cook is “Wild About” science and being outdoors. In retirement he has had the time and willingness to share his extensive background knowledge about plants, animals, and environmental concerns. He has actively engaged in doing interpretive walks throughout the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia. His walks are designed to be learning experiences ratherContinue reading “WA Wed – A Walk with a Biologist”

Take Me Outside Inspires

Take Me Outside is the brainchild of Colin Harris.  Born out of a childhood of happy, engaged outdoor experiences and inspired by our very own, Canadian icon, Terry Fox, the goal of Take Me Outside is to get school kids off screens and learning outside at school every day.  Colin catapulted Take Me Outside by running 7600 kilometers across Canada.  YouContinue reading “Take Me Outside Inspires”

Kids Books 2 Support Outdoor Learning

Wild About Vancouver 2022 in Stanley Park included a booth sponsored by the B.C. Literacy Council. Hundred books, mostly for children, were given away to support outdoor learning. Following is an annotated bibliography of some of the favourites. These would be a great addition to Take Me Outdoor Week, and throughout the coming year. #getOUTdoorsContinue reading “Kids Books 2 Support Outdoor Learning”

A Celebration of Outdoor Learning at Tatlow Park

Kids anxious to play on the playground and in the trees, tennis players, Green Party candidates, birders, book club members, dogs and their owners, people out for a bike ride and fans of Tatlow Park came together to celebrate the role of the neighbourhood park in learning and celebrating outdoor possibilities. This event was fundedContinue reading “A Celebration of Outdoor Learning at Tatlow Park”

Tatlow Park Celebrates

WHEN ?             Saturday, September 24, 2022           11:00 am – 3:00 pm WHERE ?         Tatlow Park.    Directions WHY ?               I was fortunate for Tatlow Park to be a mainstay in my growing up and adult life.  This is a community celebration of the activities, stories and the learning we take away from life in a neighbourhood park. WHO ?            Everyone isContinue reading “Tatlow Park Celebrates”

The Mystique of Mono Lake

My father dearly LOVES Mono Lake.  One of his very grateful patients really wanted my Dad to buy his cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the eastern doorstep of Yosemite after my Dad operated on him.  The cabin on Silver Lake became a regular part of my summer visits to see my Dad.  When I was aContinue reading “The Mystique of Mono Lake”

Venturing Outdoor with Kids

All the research points us outdoors for physical health, wellness, learning, and to pause and appreciate nature.  There are some ways to make it easier for adults to venture outdoors with kids in your own family, in classrooms and in day programs.  Some pre-teaching of expectation, routines , and information is involved, as well as lots ofContinue reading “Venturing Outdoor with Kids”

Why Learn Outdoors?  Education

“I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.” Hart Banack Recently I had the opportunity to visit two stellar outdoor learning programs.   Megan Zeni works with her teaching partner, Sarah Regan, providing outdoor learning for all students attending Homma Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia.  Both teachers are both passionateContinue reading “Why Learn Outdoors?  Education”

Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education

On Friday I had a planning meeting about the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Event in Stanley Park on June 3rd to celebrate learning and being outdoors. Lulu Wang, founder and CEO of iGeneration Education Group and Sparks Education, is on the Steering Committee for WAV. We hammered out some ideas and I packed up toContinue reading “Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education”