Using Nature as your Classroom

Bring your class outside! Nature is a living laboratory full of everything you need to teach your life sciences curriculum. There’s also plenty of research proving the benefits of time spent in nature when it comes to the mental and physical health of your students. From activity ideas for hands-on science to take home resources, this session will cover the basics of using nature as your science classroom. Learn some tried and true outdoor class management tips from our educators who have over 20 years of experience leading outdoor education programs.

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

This session is full.


  • Ecoforestry Institute
    Pam Murray

    Pam Murray (B. Sc. B. Ed) (she/her) is a teacher who wears multiple hats as an outdoor nature educator including working as a naturalist for the Ecoforestry Institute delivering forest ecology programs at Wildwood Ecoforest in the traditional territory of the Stz'uminus and Snuneymuxw First Nations, also known as Cedar, BC. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children outdoors, including coordinating and delivering the Shoots with Roots program at Milner Gardens & Woodland, as well as stints with Parks Canada, CRD Parks, and the Goldstream Nature House.  She is the past national chairperson of Interpretation Canada and is currently working on a graduate diploma in inclusive education at Vancouver Island University.  In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and doing jigsaw puzzles with her cat.