By Lisa Houle | October 12, 2022
We all know the benefits that being outside brings – from fresh air, exercise and a shot of Vitamin D, to the feeling of contentment of being surrounded by nature. Ahhh. Just thinking about it feels good.
This October 19 do more than just think about it, join thousands of educators and students across Canada in the national Take Me Outside Day! This day is the highlight of Take Me Outside Week (Oct. 17-21), a week focused on the needs of educators and filled with fun events and prizes. Immerse yourself in Indigenous Knowledge, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental and Climate Change Education.
But before you head outside, head to your computer for a virtual webinar on October 13th at 4 pm PST. ISCBC will be cohosting this public webinar entitled ‘Learning Goes Outside: Getting Started’ with Learning for a Sustainable Future, highlighting the work ISCBC is doing with our educator-focused Invasive-Wise education program.
“We will both highlight some of our Invasive-Wise activities and set you up for success to head outdoors with your students,” explains professional Education Facilitator Stephanie Weinstein, who will be presenting ISCBC’s portion of the webinar. “We would love to ‘see’ you there! Join Take Me Outside to receive notifications and registration information for the events, including this webinar.”
The Invasive-Wise Education program has recently added to its selection of engaging Outdoor Activities for K-12, offering Painting with Invasives, the ‘Crabtivating’ Quiz Show, and Mapping Biodiversity Changes. These are free resources located on our website at For Educators- ISCBC – go to the drop-down menu and under ‘Setting’ select ‘Outdoor’ and you will find a great selection of ideas to suit many grades and subject areas. We recommend checking out: Don’t Pick Up Hitchhikers: Let’s Play-Clean-Go! suitable for all ages, Be a Plant Detective for Gr 1-3 and Amazing Adaptations Hunt for Gr 4-7. We are always adding engaging activities and resources, so make sure to check back often!
“To encourage your outdoor learning on October 19th and beyond, please sign up here for a ‘virtual visit’ with your class where we will provide a short presentation and Q&A about invasive species with your students before or after Take Me Outside Day,” says Stephanie. “Let us know how you chose to participate and get some bonus resources – share photos or a note about your students in action outside and we’ll send you some goodies such as stickers and educator publications!”
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Learning Goes Outside: Getting Started webinar and take part in Take Me Outside Day. Happy fall outdoor learning!
Lisa is a Communications and Outreach Coordinator at ISCBC. She values a diverse environment and connecting with others about environmental protection. In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time at the ocean and beach combing for sea glass. You can reach Lisa at [email protected]