Guest Speaker:Nature Pre-School Education, Sun. Oct. 19, 2014

Imagine our children playing outside in our public parks and not glued to televisions and computers! This may sound revolutionary or even threatening to some people. In reality it is just natural, it is a “nature pre-school,” hopefully coming to your neighbourhood.

As part of its nature education mandate, Comox Valley Nature will be hosting one of the founders of the rapidly growing nature pre-school movement in Canada, Dr. Enid Elliott, Bateman lecturer and recent winner of BC Nature’s Daphne Solecki award. The “nature preschools and kindergartens” movement has been spreading all across Canada, at an astonishing rate. While this ground-breaking educational opportunity has been received enthusiastically throughout the Lower Mainland and the Victoria area, and yearned for by young families, it remains a concept poorly understood by daycare operators and even resisted by vested interests.

Dr. Enid Elliott is an early-learning and childcare instructor at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. The Daphne Solecki Award recognizes her outstanding contributions to nature education for children. She delivered this year’s Robert Bateman Lecture at the Centre for Dialogue. She discussed how active engagement and immersion outdoors allows children to connect deeply with nature through play and experience traditional ways of knowing.

Here in the Comox Valley, the proposed Mack Laing Nature ‘Tree’School , which is supported by both Project Watershed and Comox Valley Nature, is an outdoor educational program that is designed to offer a unique early childhood learning experience for 3-5 year old children at the Mack Laing Nature Park. Expanding on the BC Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Framework, the emphasis of the program will be on a nature and play-based curriculum and will encourage preschoolers to engage their environment through art, music, games, physical activities and group learning. This is an exciting new educational opportunity that moves beyond the limitations of traditional daycare.

Dr. Elliott will be presenting a talk on the educational principles of nature education “Taking Preschool Outdoors: An Adventure in Community and Learning”. This presentation will share the work done to develop and implement Canada’s first Nature Kindergarten at Sangster Elementary School in the Sooke School District. In this kindergarten program, children spend all morning (every morning, whatever the weather) outside experiencing a growing sense of wonder, improved health and fitness, mental and emotional development, awareness of the environment, and an appreciation and understanding of traditional ways of knowing with Nature as co-teacher.
This lecture will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm September, October 19 2014.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Conservation ,Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.
Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.


BC Nature eNews Oct. 2014

 

Upcoming Events
  • Deadline for Club Applications for “Club Support” Grants – January 31, 2015
  • Deadline for Resolutions to be presented at the AGM – 2015 is February 28, 2015
  • Deadline for BC Nature Award Nominations – February 28, 2015
  • AGM 2015 – Salt Spring Island – May 7 – 10, 2015. Registration information in Winter BCnature issue.
  • Rene Savenye Scholarship applications should be in prior to May 30, 2015 – see website for application.
FGM 2015 and AGM 2016
BC Nature is actively looking for one of our clubs to host FGM 2015 - Late September 2015 and AGM 2016 - early May 2016. This year and in past years, two clubs have co-hosted the AGM or FGM. Please think about it!
Hosting a conference for BC Nature is rewarding for both your club and BC Nature.
Please email manager@bcnature.ca if your club has any interest and we can supply all the information you need to present to your board.
Issue 37
Date October 2014
Thank you Shuswap Naturalists
A great time was had at the Fall General Meeting and conference, attended by @ 140 members. The weather was glorious, the birds abundant and a nice day was had looking for the elusive returning Sockeye.
Full report to come in the Winter Magazine.
Stop the Radio Towers
For anyone living in the vicinity of Point Roberts, Here’s a link to Delta Councillor Jeannie Kanakos’ request that our federal government appear at the Whatcom County hearing of the application for a Conditional Use Permit for the 50,000-watt AM transmitter that’s posed to cover us, Tsawwassen, in extremely high levels of blanketing interference.

It’s not lost on Councillor Kanakos and the rest of Delta Council that our Member of Parliament Kerry-Lynne Findlay and her federal cabinet colleagues James Moore of Industry Canada and John Baird of Foreign Affairs can be doing more on our behalf.
Click on Item F17 “Point Roberts Radio Tower Petition”, or advance 57 minutes into the webcast: Link Here

Enbridge
Last week, approvals were given to those that had filed a suit against the Federal Government on the approval of the Enbridge Pipeline. BC Nature was one of those thirteen filers.

Articles Enbridge Northern Gateway Investor Report: The Peoples Version – Link

Province Newspaper – Enbridge Link

Conservation News
Newspaper and Radio articles pertaining to some of the issues being discussed.
N.W.T. premier Bob McLeod promotes Arctic pipeline idea in Washington - Link

Cooper: Prentice must take on climate-change activists Link Here

Vaughn Palmer: No cracks in the B.C. Liberals’ stonewall on Mount Polley – Link Here

North America Can Say Goodbye to Half its Birds if Rising GHG Emissions Aren’t Stopped Link Here

Potential consequences of FIPA for Canada’s ecological systems – Link Here

Interesting Sites and Articles
Check out the Yukon Conservation group Newsletter – check out the article on Casino Mines

New wilderness park created on eastern edge of Kelowna – link

U.S. Earthcam – although the season is done for the Osprey, this is a great site to bookmark for next year – Link

In just the past 40 years, the world has lost over half its wildlife population. That estimate comes from scientists at the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London in a report today called “Living Planet Report 2014″ Link Here

Anne Murray: There is no Planet B – Link Here

Drone captures incredible video of volcano eruption in Iceland Link Here

35,000 walrus in Alaska: Why they came ashore Link Here

About Town
Sunday, October 12th, Langley Municipal Nature Park – 10am – 12pm. Join FoSBS and the Little Campbell Watershed Society to remove invasive species at the Park as a part of Langley’s Water Weeks celebration events. Register with Lisa Dreves – stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Saturday, October 18th Dart’s Hill Native Plant Demonstration Garden Planting 10:00 am – 12pm. Register with Kathy Whittemore kw5096@telus.net

Saturday, October 25th Little Campbell Forest Trail Planting 9:00 – 12pm. Join us to plant additional native trees and shrubs along the Little Campbell Forest Trail. Register with Alison Prentice a.prentice@shaw.ca

Saturday, November 1st Blackie Spit Environmentally Sensitive Area 9:30 am – 12:30pm. Join us to plant native trees and shrubs to further enhance the wildlife habitat at the Rene Savenye ESA. Register with Alison Prentice a.prentice@shaw.ca

October 11th, Invasive removal on the Sam Hill tributary of the Little Campbell River south of 16th Ave. October 22nd, Invasive removal on West Twin creek just south of 16th Ave on 184th St. For further information, contact Christy Juteau, christy.juteau@arocha.ca

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Guest Speaker: BC Parks History, Sun. Sept. 21, 2014

With recent mining accidents affecting BC’s wilderness and nature reserves, and Kinder Morgan proposing to re-set the boundaries of four provincial parks in order to expand its pipeline system BC Parks are increasingly the subject of public interest and scrutiny. Although most British Columbians take pride in and use their parks, few know their history and fewer still know the development of the policies that have guided the establishment of over 1,000 parks and reserves throughout the province. One of the few individuals who can claim to know and understand our parks is James D. Anderson.

As part of its educational mandate Comox Valley Nature will host a one-hour illustrated lecture on BC Park history and policy by James D. Anderson. He is a retired planner and member of the Council of BC Parks Elders. At a time when BC Parks are increasingly the subject of public debate and concern, as a park planner and author of two histories of BC Parks, James Anderson brings a wealth of experience in the development of BC parks and the policies that have guided their development.

James Anderson is the author of British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years (Harbour Publishing, 2011) and a more comprehensive and detailed BC Parks 1911 to 2011: A Centennial, Provincial Parks as Reflective of the Times (2010). Anyone wanting to understand the changes that BC Parks are experiencing today will find this lecture of interest.

This lecture will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm September, Sunday 21 2014.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.


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