Our project will create stronger connections between those who are part of the Metro Vancouver forest school movement. We will bring together existing catalysts in this movement interact with an eye to building an integrated plan to address the needs of children in our region. Anticipated participants include elementary school, early childhood, and outdoor educators, parents, staff from teacher education programs, and others who are part of the support system for this work, such as land managers and parent community developers.
During a series of facilitated meetings, we will do the following:
Identify key players who are currently part of or connected to the forest school movement
Invite these individuals to a gathering in the late fall or winter of 2016
In the spring of 2017, hold small group meetings focused on areas such as teacher education, early childhood program development, elementary program development, and out of school care.
The goals of the meetings will be as follows:
Share resources and develop opportunities to learn from one another
Understand how broader institutions such as child care licensing or teacher education can support this work
Examine the needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop programs in different areas or for different groups of people
Work with catalysts to determine what support they need to advance their projects.
This process will develop a more cohesive plan for outdoor learning in Metro Vancouver.