Nature Journalling

Students will be encouraged to investigate the outdoors through sketch and text.  It is not about "how you draw or what you draw" more what questions come from the art produced.  Following in the footsteps of renowned nature journalling expert, John Muir Laws, students will search for the answers to personalized outdoor queries related to the Ministry of Education curricular guidelines.  

Let us know how we can facilitate a Nature Journalling experience before, after or during your site visit to the Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre!

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TDSB Global Competencies

The Toronto District School Board and the Outdoor Education Department have begun a journey of identifying the needs of our students and changing the learning process to suit these needs.  This will lead to a significant paradigm shift within the outdoor education community.  Our mission at the Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre is to identify specific student needs and adjusting or creating new programming which is relevant and guarantees success.  If you look closely at the global competencies there is an excellent opportunity for outdoor educators to integrate these 5 competencies within our lessons as well as into everyday life.  As well, there are significant opportunities for development of pre-visit and post-visit activities which can only strengthen the learning goals of a visit to EOEC.  

The TDSB has identified the following Global Competencies
  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Global Citizenship and Character
  3. Communication
  4. Collaboration and Leadership
  5. Creativity, Inquiry and Entrepreneurship
For more information related to this exciting instructional shift consult the link below!