About me

Hi, I’m Lauren MacLean and I work as a Mentoring Support Teacher in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. I’ve always had an affinity for spending time in nature. One of my most memorable experiences as a child was having a field of ferns close to our house and I would spend countless hours lying there, staring up at the drooping cedar trees and reading my comic books. My outdoor learning journey was reignited after reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. It sparked positive memories from my own childhood, and, in turn, I was inspired and motivated to provide the same range of outdoor learning opportunities for my own learners and colleagues.


Family of 4


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Author of 2 books


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The meaning behind the name, Mentoring Nature Connections, is to two-fold. First, I wanted to convey the belief that we can all find a connection to nature somehow, somewhere. All our journeys are different, and all our comfort levels are different and that’s the beauty of meeting learners where they are. Second, I wanted to pay tribute to anyone that I’ve crossed paths with because I always seem to take bits and pieces of their amazingness with me. Most notably, Janice Novakowski, April Pikkarainen, Carly Eirikson, Kelly Shuto, Megan Zeni and everyone at Soaring Eagle Nature School and the Wilderness Awareness School. I appreciate all that you have given me and to others. Thank you.

Contact Me

Please email me if you’re interested in:
  • being a guest on the podcast
  • learning more about resources and workshops that are available
  • collaborating on a project together

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November 25, 2021


Nature Routines and Nature Games Are you wondering how to utilize the outdoor learning spaces on your schoolgrounds? Let’s investigate how we can use nature games […]
October 27, 2020

Owl and Woodpecker Sighting

Owls and Woodpeckers have been spotted several times this week (early November). The owl was more patient than the woodpecker to have its photo taken. I […]

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