Teacher Training

Exploring Approaches to Teaching Outdoors – A Workshop for Teachers

Join SPES educators for an experiential, educational and inspirational workshop in beautiful Stanley Park. Increase your knowledge of ecology and learn ways to teach outdoors while engaging your students in nature. Learn field-tested activities and techniques you can apply right away and use  in local parks or on your school grounds.

If you have never taken students outside on an educational adventure or don’t do it regularly, this workshop will give you the tools to do so with increased confidence. The workshop is geared towards teachers and student teachers teaching at a primary to intermediate level and will include links to the BC curriculum at this level.

Workshops take place on Pro-D days in spring and fall and are available for groups by request.

We are offering two Teacher Workshops in Stanley Park on October 25, 2019 for the BC Provincial Professional Development Day. Registration for these workshops is now open! You can find the tickets and workshop details here:

Primary Workshop or Intermediate Workshop 

Indigenous Plant Use Walk for Teachers

Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting. Join us on this 2 hour informative workshop to learn more about the significance of Stanley Park to Coast Salish culture.

Workshops take place on some Pro-D days in spring and fall and are available for groups by request.

Please contact school@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-257-6907 for more details.

Urban Stewards CD

12 Ecological Units For Teachers

What do Incredible Invertebrates, Far Away Foods, Climate Change Culprits and Keys to the Kingdom have in common?  They are all lessons that can help turn your class into Urban Stewards!

The Urban Stewards teacher resource CD is packed full of engaging activities that help bridge the gap between indoors the classroom and the world beyond.  Lessons require minimal preparation and will help increase your students environmental literacy.

Download a sample lesson here: [Download not found]

In 2016 a new curriculum was introduced to BC’s kindergarten to grade 7 (K-7) education system. The renewed science curriculum has strengthened its emphasis on environmental education, ecological literacy, and inquiry-based learning. Due to these updates, the Urban Stewards CD is more relevant now than ever –  including grades K-7! See how the CD connects to your grade here.

Designed for grades K-7, the Urban Stewards CD contains 12 complete units.  Topics covered are: ecosystems, habitat, water, soil, plants, experiments, invertebrates, vertebrates, biodiversity, natural resources, sustainability and climate change.

Each unit includes:

  • curriculum connections to science, social studies, language arts and personal planning
  • comprehensive background information
  • glossary of terms
  • annotated resource lists
  • ready to use worksheets
  • school based action projects
  • detailed instructions for engaging hands on activities

The Urban Stewards Teacher Resource CD is available for $20. Contact school@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-257-6907 for payment options.