Welcome! This page is presented and supported by Early Childhood Education faculty and dedicated to what is new and current in the local, provincial, national and global scene relating to the activities, research and collaborations concerning children and the natural world.
The World Forum Nature Action Collaborative for children issued a Call to Action in July 2008 with the purpose of strengthening children’s relationship with the natural world. Humber College Early Childhood Educators, in partnership with the Centre for Urban Ecology are responding to the call by initiating various programs and events that bring together students, teachers, educators and professionals from different disciplines.
It is imperative that as a community, children experience the natural world every day and in multiple ways. The opportunities for children to experience, manipulate, discover and learn from nature have diminished in recent years. As adults, we have the responsibility to reverse this pattern and find ways together to embrace the distinct value that connection with the natural environment brings to the child’s life.
Welcome to the place where we can make a difference to ourselves and the children we nuture!
Nature Workshops with an IPE Model
- Research study in progress of 5 workshops offered to ECE, OTA & PTA, Horticulture students
- Collaboration with Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology
- Variety of hands-on activities for children ages infants through schoolage
Places of Natural Discovery Conference (P.O.N.D)
Thank you to all who made the 2013 P.O.N.D Conference a wonderful success. (Click here for the conference program)
Stayed tuned and be sure to mark the date for the 2014 P.O.N.D Annual Conference!
What is P.O.N.D? The Places of Natural Discovery Conference (P.O.N.D) Conference is presented by the Early Childhood Education program in partnership with the Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology.
This two day event began in 2010 and focuses on connecting children with nature; the educator’s relationship to nature, design of children’s outdoor playspace, involving parents in nature education, using natural materials in early learning environments and developing relationships amongst educators, landscape and horticulture specialists and gardeners.
For the past 3 years, the conference has grown in attendance, as in 2012, saw 120 participants representing various front line ECE positions, supervisor and directors, kindergarten teachers, boards of education representatives, government policy researchers, family and community centres, and individual educators. Keynote presenters on both days include experts in their field.
In 2012 Bill Kilburn, the Project Manager of the Back2Nature Network presented an intriguing and stimulating talk on reversing the disconnect that is occurring with some children today and the role society plays in this. The following day, Dr. Andrea Faber-Taylor presented her research from the University of Illinois-Champaign focusing on the effect of green time for children and youth.
Participants enjoyed workshops that varied in focus; felting techniques and the use of natural materials, planting with children, outdoor activities, and issues of outdoor playspace for children of varying abilities and more. Student work was displayed over the lunch hour as well as a nature based silent auction which raises money for student initiatives at Humber.
Nature programs and events are offered to childcare centres, schools and community groups.
A leading national funder and facilitator of local, sustainable greening projects.
Children and Nature Network
Providing a link between those dedicated to children’s health and well-being.
World Forum Nature Action Collaborative
For the well-being of children and their connection with nature.
Julie Valerio: 416.675.6622 ext.4180
Carol Reid: 416.675.6622 ext.5448