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Your Nature Passport

Experience nature in many ways in the outdoor classroom

Your Nature Passport is a program designed to encourage you to become more engaged in your education in ECE, ECAS or CICE at Humber College. Through this program you will learn through a variety of experiences and develop skills in nature education. The traditional indoor classroom offers many learning experiences relating to the nature-human connection. When you seek out experiences outside or in a variety of places in the community, the learning opportunities exponentially increase.

What do you receive upon completion? Stay tuned for announcements!


Eligibility

The Nature Passport program is open to all incoming, first semester full-time ECE, ECAS and CICE students.

To obtain your Nature Passport, contact one of the Nature Education Group members below:

ECE Faculty – Julie Valerio, julie.valerio@humber.ca
ECE Faculty – Louise Zimanyi, louise.zimanyi@humber.ca 
ECAS Faculty – Saima Sheikh, saima.sheikh@humber.ca

CICE Facilitator – Melanie Savoia, melanie.savoia@humber.ca

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Participate

Step One

Attend two (2) introductory AND mandatory Workshops – at start of each semester

  • Conducted at Humber's Centre for Urban Ecology (CUE) and Humber's Arboretum by Vicki or other interpreter
  • Content – review of issues in nature education; children and disconnect worldwide – causes, societal trends, technology, impact on development
  • Include viewing of planetary: http://weareplanetary.com and https://vimeo.com/ondemand/planetary

After you participate in the workshops, you will receive your Nature Passport and will be on your way!

Step Two

Choose from the following baskets to earn 10 stamps (ECE students) or 5 stamps (ECAS & CICE Students)

You must achieve at least 1 stamp from each basket to earn the passport!

A description of the 'stamp' is found in each of the links below. Click on "View Basket" to learn more.

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Green Basket

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Blue Basket

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Red Basket

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Green Basket

Individual Participation

Nature Focused Site Visits 
(not an exclusive list)

Discovery Child Care (Barrie)

Green Apple Day Care
Evergreen Brickworks
Kingsway College School
Jean Steckle School
Royal St George ’s College
Dundas Central Public School
Bond Lake PS
Spiral Garden – Holland Bloorview 
CARP
Guelph…

Explore the GTA 

Dufferin grove park
Brickworks
Spiral gardent (Holland Bloorview)
Marie Curtis park
High Park
Riverdale Farm
Find a beach
Center Island
Waterpark (example: Lakefront Promenade Park)
Rouge Valley Park

Presentations 
(to peers, in classes, to student council events)

Focus on nature, human/nature connection, value of outdoor play, value of natural materials in play

Exploring Apps 

Review and find an app that is appropriate and beneficial to connecting with nature
Locate apps that can be used outside, not as a substitution for connecting with nature

Write Nature Book Review or Article Review 

Read a pre-approved book related to nature education and write a 2-page summary and review of the contents

Blue Basket

Speakers 

Attending events where leaders or advocates of nature/human connection are speaking

Workshops & Conferences 

Attending workshops or conferences that focus on any aspect of nature, educational instruction, networking, walks, hikes

First Nations 

Attend a POW WOW, drumming circle, explore storytelling

Red Basket

Create Natural Materials 

Create examples of natural materials that can be used with specific age groups of children

Lead a Hike or Walk 

Identify a location, appropriateness of a walk with families or children and learning opportunities. Document the walk via photo images and elements of learning.

Advocate or present knowledge to parent or other ECE advantages of nature education

Canadian Wildlife Federation WILD Family Nature Club 

Join and participate in a local event

Inclusion and Accessibility 

Engage in an experience that demonstrates contact with nature and children with diverse abilities such as:
-    go on a ‘blind’ walk (choose a trail, apply a blindfold and experience moving)
-    find a sit spot that is accessible to a child using a wheelchair or walker
-    create a sound map drawing (plain paper, markers or pencil, draw only what you hear)
-    explore equine therapy

Create Geocaching Experience 

- include poetry journaling box

Scavengar Hunt 

- participate in a hunt around arboretum