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A collection of stories and interviews about outdoor play and forest and nature school in Canada
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In this episode, Cherlene speaks with Tiiu Strutt, an elementary school educator and artist who is committed to engaging students with the natural world on a daily basis. Also a passionate singer-songwriter, she creates and shares songs that support children with connecting to the land.Learn why Tiiu considers song to be the most valuable tool in her toolbox as an educator, and how we, too, can use song to connect children with nature in our everyday lives.  Download a written transcript of this episodeResources: Singing is Exploring by Tiiu Strutt The Robin Song by Tiiu StruttLearning with Covid-19 by Tiiu StruttHow to Make Gathering Snake by Tiiu StruttHopi Martin's BlogAcknowledging Land by Hopi MartinHost: Cherlene EloriaGuest: Tiiu StruttSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, Cherlene speaks with Marc St. Dennis and Petra Eperjesi from the Forest School Canada team about the Community Consultation Project, one of CNAC's exciting new initiatives which is generously supported by the Lawson Foundation. Learn about what inspired the project, the project's goals and activities, who the project will benefit, the importance of centring Indigenous and diverse voices, relationship-building and more!Got any questions, concerns or ideas about the project? Get in touch with us: community@childnature.ca Download a written transcript of this episodeHost: Cherlene EloriaGuest: Marc St. Dennis, Petra EperjesiSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
 In this episode, Cherlene speaks with Amanda St. Dennis, a disability and accessibility advocate on how to support children with disabilities in your outdoor play program. Topics covered include: Risky play and disability, the importance of relationships, how to think creatively about accommodations, and so much more! Download a written transcript of this episodeHost: Cherlene EloriaGuest: Amanda St. DennisSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
Is insuring a Forest School a difficult process? Michael Lough from Frank Cowan Company says: Not if you're prepared! In this episode, learn about the types of insurance Forest/Nature School operators should look for, how to best prepare for a conversation with an insurance underwriter and more! Resources: Risk-Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play: A Canadian Toolkit Français: Évaluation risques-avantages du jeu à l’extérieur: Une boîte à outils canadienneThis episode is part of Thrive Outside - an online resource hub created to support parents, caregivers, and educators in bringing children outdoors. Host: Cherlene EloriaGuest: Michael LoughSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, Cherlene chats with lawyer Aron Bookman about the law and forest and nature programs in Canada. Resources: Risk-Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play: A Canadian Toolkit Français: Évaluation risques-avantages du jeu à l’extérieur: Une boîte à outils canadienneThis episode is part of Thrive Outside - an online resource hub created to support parents, caregivers, and educators in bringing children outdoors. Host: Cherlene EloriaGuest: Aron BookmanSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, Petra chats with Erica and Suzy about supporting children with disabilities and exceptionalities outdoors. This episode is part of our Thrive Outside series - an online resource hub created to support parents, caregivers, and educators in bringing children outdoors. Host: Petra EperjesiGuest: Erica Denberg, Suzy SaythongSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, Natalia chats with Hannah about being her journey to becoming a lifelong learner as a Forest & Nature School Practitioner.Host: Natalia ValenciaGuest: Hannah ClarkeSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, Natalia chats with Playworker Seth who shares their experience and thoughts on access and equity in the outdoor play sector.Host: Natalia ValenciaGuests: Seth MbanzareSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby 
In this episode, Natalia chats with Jojo and Landry, who share their experiences and thoughts on access and equity in the outdoor play sector.Host: Natalia ValenciaGuests: Jojo Abrokwah, Landry KalemboSound Editing and Production: Alex Maltby 
In this episode, Stephanie Smith chats with Lara Purvis, Lead Educator at the Ottawa Forest & Nature School. Lara tells us about her journey to becoming a Forest & Nature School Practitioner and how it led to her rediscovery of the value and importance of play.  Host: Stephanie Smith, Manager of Projects and Special Initiatives, Child and Nature Alliance of CanadaGuest: Lara Purvis, Lead Educator, Ottawa Forest & Nature SchoolMusic and Production: Alex Maltby
In this episode, we're speaking with Natalia Valencia and Gemma Romano, two youth playworkers, who discuss how their summer jobs running unstructured outdoor play programs had an impact on their personal and professional growth. Credits:Host: Stephanie Smith, Child and Nature Alliance of CanadaGuests: Natalia Valencia, Gemma RomanoSound Editing and Production: Alex MaltbyCover Art: Jeff KulakFinancial Support: Ontario Trillium Foundation and Evergreen
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