The Mentoring Nature Connections podcast is for teachers and families who are interested in listening to the adventures and experiences of other outdoor educators from across North America and beyond!

Mathematics and Outdoor Learning

In this episode, Janice Novakowski talks to us about how to discover and play with mathematics out in nature. She shares so many tips and strateiges!

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Starting the School Year with Outdoor Learning

This is a short episode on what the first few weeks of September looked like at our school – what routines did we start with? What safety concerns did we address? What discoveries did we make?

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Inclusive and Competency Based Learning in Nature

In this episode, Shelley Moore shares her insight into the importance of outdoor learning. She shares some funny stories that’ll have you laughing out loud.

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Outdoor Play Connections

In this episode, Claudine Mossberg talks about the importance of unstructured play for kids of all ages. She also shares some tips on how to start the year off on the right foot!

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Story Workshop in Nature

Alana Tesan shares with us her experience with taking story workshop outdoors! What are her routines? How does she scaffold the learning? She shares with us some of her favourite memories!

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School Gardening

In this episode, Megan Zeni shares with us her experiences with school gardening. She takes her learners K-7 outside everyday for prep coverage – ALL YEAR! How does she do it?!

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This is a wonderful podcast for all educators and parents looking for accessible ways to approach outdoor education. I love the tangible ideas and access points that Lauren and her guests provide. Whether you are a master teacher or new to the profession, this podcast is for you! I am recommending to all my colleagues and friends to give this podcast a listen 🎧 🙌❤🪴🌈

Lisa Toffolo

The Secret of Birds and Plants

In this episode, Jenna Rudolph, the founder of Soaring Eagle Nature School, gives us some great tips on how we can nurture our relationship with our local birds and plants.

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Place Conscious Learning

Our guest today is Dr. Leyton Schnellert! He talks about how place has a history, but often we are unconscious of it. It is our responsibility to think about the indigeneity of our place and learn about different perspectives. 

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Wilderness Awareness School

In this episode, Mannon McPeters, shares with us how their programs work at the Wilderness Awareness School. She shares many strategies for how to get outdoors throughout the year – my favourite is when she talks about the Art of Questioning!

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Rainy Day Provocations

In this episode, Dr. Beverlie Dietze talks with us about how we can get outdoors even on those drizzly rainy days. She gives lots of examples on how we can see the rain. asa positive opportunity to explore!

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Literacy and Outdoor Learning

Our guest today is the one and only Faye Brownlie! She discusses her love of literacy and some easy strategies that we can implement in order to make connections between literacy and nature. 

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Walking Curriculum

In this episode, Dr. Gillian Judson shares her experience with writing and experiencing the walking curriculum book. It’s so much more than “just” going for a walk – the imagination and thinking tools that go alongside are invaluable!

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“I really enjoyed listening and learning about the outdoors. It’s made me more aware of how important it is to include outdoor activities and education to keep us well rounded. I look forward to many more episodes.”


Social-Emotional Learning in Nature

In this episode, Miriam Miller shares her insight into how we can make connections with being outdoors and developing our social-emotional competencies.

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Core Competencies and Outdoor Learning

Our guest today is Kelly Shuto, author of the children’s books What Does it Mean to be Brave? and What Does it Mean to be Your Best? Kelly shares with her experiences teaching the core competencies in nature with her kindergarten learners.

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Place-Based Learning through Story and Mapping

In this episode, Kelsey Keller documents her journey of place-based learning with her grade 3-5 students.  Every Thursday is Forest School day! I wonder how they keep their momentum throughout the year?

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Playing, Learning and Teaching Outdoors

Mannon McPeters is back again to share some of her favourite moments of being outdoors with her learners.

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Week Without Walls

Our guest today is Katherine Porter, a kindergarten teacher from Richmond, BC. She shares with her us experience with doing a Week Without Walls with her class. How did she scaffold the learning?

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Outdoor Learning Bins

We have two guests with us today, Erin Reid and Sinead Joy. They created thematic mathematical outdoor learning bins for their school – this made it easier to bring resources outside to encourage curricular connections with their forested areas. 

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Truth and Reconcilliation

Nadine McSpadden is here to share her understanding of what truth and reconciliation means in our educational context. How do we talk about it with our learners?

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Guelph Outdoor School

Our guest today is Chris Green, the founder of the Guelph Outdoor School. He shares with us how they got started, what inspires them, some favourite memories and experiences, and so much more!

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Sustainability and Ecological Well-Being

Kristina Hunter chats with us about ways that we can move beyond sustainabile development.  Kristina believes that it’s not just about ecological sustainability but also financial and cultural sustainability. 

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