A presentation to engage teachers in local scientific investigations. Testing air, water, and soil and sharing the data with local parks, politicians, and people who care may help to bring along more support for climate change mitigation. Food foraging, medicinal plant knowledge and survival skills. We all can be aware of what is happening in our neighbourhoods and yards and if we engage inquiries about our habitat and share the results. We may be able to save one small neighbourhood habitat at a time. Biodiversity in this time of climate change is what will help us survive. It will enable plants and animals to shift and adapt to the changing climate. Biodiversity is an important part of Citizens keeping our governments accountable and on target for implementing carbon sequestration. Citizens are the key to making our local environments resilient. In this presentation you will be given the information and slides as well as learning units and materials to bolster your investigations. Plant and animal inventories of our school grounds or local areas around our schools are included.
Please bring your own mug, your keenness & a pen perhaps!
Please be prepared to go outside. The session will be indoors but may have components that take you outside.
Room: This session is meeting in Room 114 (come in the front main doors and turn to the right).
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.
Kiersten Brookes is a Victoria teacher who has taught Kindergarten to grade 10. She began her career in the prairies and has taught in Victoria for 25 years. She is passionate about the environment, First Nations learning and social justice.
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).