Intro to Nature Play in Small/Urban Spaces (w/ Forest Schooled at KFNS)

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Intro to Nature Play in Small/Urban Spaces (w/ Forest Schooled at KFNS)

For educators who want to learn more about supporting nature play in small and/or urban spaces!

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Kingston Forest & Nature School 3711 County Road 38 Harrowsmith, ON K0H 1V0 Canada

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Introduction to Nature Play in Small/Urban Spaces (3 hours - 2-5pm)

Working in urban settings brings a unique set of challenges when it comes to creating and delivering outdoor programs. Lack of access to “Nature” in cities is often cited as a barrier, and we know that access is about more than just proximity to natural physical spaces. Inability to spend time with the outdoors is also a result of deep-rooted racism in which those who are non-white often experience overt discrimination which threatens physical and emotional safety. This requires us to make thoughtful considerations for how we design programs in urban spaces with diverse communities.

Caylin will share what she’s learned about developing programs that bring opportunities for outdoor play for children and families to the grass patches and rain puddles of urban neighbourhoods and how we can help create more accessible and inclusive opportunities for outdoor play and learning.

In this workshop, we will touch upon the following topics:

  • Working together with your community to design relevant programs
  • Considerations for working in publicly accessible sites
  • Reframing our ideas of what “Nature” looks and feels like in the city
  • Helping communities feel welcome and comfortable in green spaces
  • Restoring and enhancing spaces to inspire play

This workshop will be led by Caylin Gans of Forest Schooled – ABOUT FOREST SCHOOLED / CAYLIN GANS

The cost to participate is $60/person. Your ticket also grants you access to Forest Schooled's online course content & related resources on the topic of Nature Play in Small/Urban Spaces. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 12:00PM (noon) ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 – it will be first come, first served. Pre-register here to receive reminder emails for registration.

TICKET SALES END AT 8:00PM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2022 or WHEN SOLD OUT. A minimum of 8 tickets must be sold for this event to proceed.

*If cost is a barrier, feel free to use the code KFNSLEARN20 to save 20%, KFNSLEARN40 to save 40%, or KFNSLEARN60 to save 60%. Full scholarships are also available upon request (please reach out at Paying the fees in full allows us to subsidize others.

***** THIS WORKSHOP IS PART OF A FULL DAY OF LEARNING – register for the morning workshop "Introduction to Outdoor Risky Play (3 hours - 9am-12pm)" as well.

Anyone attending the morning or afternoon workshop is invited to be on-site from12:00pm-2:00pm to chat with Kingston Forest & Nature School facilitators and tour our site.

More information will be provided to registered participants.

You must register in advance in order to attend.

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NOTE: All participants will be required to sign an assumption of risk waiver and to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:

  • A full refund will be granted if you do not pass screening and notify us by email at least 24 hours in advance.

Please email if you have any questions!