Join Stephanie Weinstein from the Invasive Species Council of BC & Lara Kremler (Gr 5 Teacher) in this engaging outdoor session and nature walk in the forests of Royal Roads University. While experiencing the unique Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem, you will have the opportunity to participate in fun games and activities that you can share with your learners that deepen our connection to place. Learn more about some native species and how to identify, report, and best practices to prevent the spread of some common invasive plants. Workshop participants will receive educational resources from the Invasive Species Council of BC and will walk away refreshed from time in nature and equipped with knowledge, confidence and “Monday Ready” activities for your students.
Please bring your own mug/water bottle and snacks.
Please bring a pencil and possibly a clipboard.
This session will run completely outside and involves gentle forest walking on trails so dress for the weather and terrain.
Room: This session is meeting in front of the Sherman Jen Building
Come early Lunch Hour Info Tables set up
Sherman Jen Lunch Hour Master's of Environment Ed Presentation & Info Tables set up for afternoon presenters
Presenters for the day and RRU's Masters of Environmental Education and Communication will have some info during the lunch hour (lunch runs 11:45-12:45 presentation by Hilary Leighton and Master's students is from 12-12:30). You are welcome to come and have your lunch in one of the rooms and find some takeaways and resources.
Parking: As the Sherman Jen Building only has a small lot, we recommend, if you can, to park in the large Central Parking lot below the castle and walk to Sherman Jen Building. It is about 8 minutes to walk and you get to pass through lovely bits of gardens and forests on the way! If you are coming for the afternoon only, need to zip away quickly or have accessibility issues you can park in the lot next to the Sherman Jen building and there is a meter there ( both lots are pay parking).
Food: Bring your own snacks. There may be coffee provided. In addition to the central Habitat Cafe, there is a mini-cafe (Sherman Jen Kiosk) in the lower part of the Sherman Jen Building that has sandwiches, treats & beverages and it is open until 2 pm.
This session is full.
Stephanie Weinstein is an avid naturalist and environmental educator. As Senior Lead of Education with the Invasive Species Council of BC, Stephanie empowers others to observe closely, be inspired by nature, and take action to protect biodiversity by preventing the spread of invasive species
Lara Kremler is a Gr. 5 educator at Doncaster Elementary. Lara is an outdoor enthusiast, hiker, and bird watcher born as a visitor in Syilx territory and now happy to call Lekwungen territory her home. She has been teaching elementary school for 20 years and is continually finding ways to take her class outdoors more often.
Chloe is a 5th generation settler on Lekwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ and Halq’emeylem lands who has a deep love for this place and is grateful every day for being able to live on these lands and learn. She is a secondary science and social studies teacher in the Saanich School District and the current president of the Salish Sea Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (SSEEPSA).