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Adult Workshops

Online Naturalist Courses

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Join our fantastic team of naturalists and dive into interactive online learning experiences!

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By registering for our Online Naturalist Courses, you are actively helping to support the Nature Centre during this difficult time - THANK YOU! We love our community of adult learners and we are so excited to be able to help you connect with nature in-person and now online as well!

Course Options:

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All course content can be accessed at your own speed. Courses are pre-recorded. There is currently no expiry date on course content.

Tree-mendous Trees
Nature Journaling
Fantastic Fungal Friends
Birds of the City

How to Make Nature Your Classroom: Spring Splendour

- Virtual -

In this FREE course, discover a wealth of spring activities students will love, and feel calm and confident taking your teaching outdoors!

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The teaching needs of this year have changed (and changed, and changed!), and taking your students outside is more important than ever! This course will be an introduction to getting your students outside and making nature your classroom! It will cover risk assessment, how to keep kids happy, safe and engaged outside in all weather, as well as nature themed games & activities to add to your teaching toolkit. This course includes an optional virtual community circle with time for participants to respond to discussion questions related to the current teaching situation. We've also added a webinar experience which will support learning and greater comfort in making connections to Indigenous Perspective with Natural Curiosity!

Funded by NSERC


Option to Sign up for Community Circles

Module 1: An Introduction to Teaching Outdoors

Module 2: Making Indigenous Connections

Module 3: Videos & Tasks - Two Core Routines for Nature-Based Education

Module 4: Videos Modelling Seasonal Connections

Module 5:Tapping Into the Senses

Module 6: Trees & Plants

Module 7: Animals & Tracks

Further PD Opportunities

EECOM 2021 - Exploring the Nature of Cities - Urban Environmental Education in Action, Streaming virtually - April 21-24, 2021

EcoLinks 2021 - OSEE’s mission is to support and inspire all educators in Ontario to incorporate environmental education into their practice, Streaming live, May 7-8, 2021

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Past Workshops

Fall 2020 Workshops

How to Make Nature Your Classroom - September 19
Fall Forest Bathing - September 26
Bird Sketching - September 26
Fantastic Fall Fungi - October 3
How to Make Nature Your Classroom - October 17
Linocut Printmaking - November 7

Winter 2020 Workshops

New Year Nature: An Outdoor Winter Retreat - January 4
High Park Lichens: Discover the "Corals" of the Forest - February 22

Fall 2019 Workshops

Fall Birding for Beginners - September 18 & 21
Savannah Sketchbook - September 28
Fantastic Fungal Friends: Mushrooms and Other Fungi of High Park - October 6

Summer 2019 Workshops

Summer Wildflower ID - July 22
Summer Tree ID - August 12
From Houndstongue to Shepherd's Purse: Wildflower Names and Their Meanings - August 19

Spring 2019 Workshops

Spring Birding for Beginners - May 8 & 11
Spring Wildflower ID - May 26

Winter 2019 Workshops

Teachers in Nature - January 26
Winter Bird Photography - February 2
Winter Tree ID for Beginners - February 3
Nature Journaling: Origins of Citizen Science - March 2

Fall 2018 Workshops

Birds of Prey - September 27 & 29
Making Friends with Places: A Passage de Toronto - October 9 & 11
Fall Wildflowers - October 13
Autumn Tree Drawing - October 21
An Introduction to Mushrooms and Other Fungi - October 27

Summer 2018 Workshops

Poisons, Spines & Blisters: Plants with a Dark Side - July 12
Dragonflies and Damselflies 101: Biology and Identification - July 28
Friend or Foe: The Intriguing World of Weeds - August 9
Butterflies 101: Biology and Identification - August 18

Spring 2018 Workshops

Outdoor Play in the Early Years - April 21
Spring Birding for Beginners - May 3 & 5 (Two-Part Beginner Workshop)
Spring Songbirds - May 24 & 26 (Two-Part Intermediate Workshop)
Intro to Landscape Drawing in the High Park Savannah - June 17

Winter 2018 Workshops

High Park Lichens - Feb. 10
Winter Landscape Photography – Mar. 3
Birds of Prey – Mar. 4
Winter Tree ID for Beginners - Mar. 24

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