Programs

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Description

The ImagiNature Collective Art Series weaves together nature connection and art in a manner that deepens our connection to, and love for, wild places. These 4-hour workshops are ideal for adults, families and children of all ages.

 

Each workshop is facilitated by either Renee Baron or Stuart Higgs, of DV8 Education, and a local Vancouver Island artist. This is an incredible opportunity to spend quality outdoor time with your friends and family and learn some fascinating things about the forest. As we engage with the natural environment, we also help our children (and ourselves) gain a more profound understanding of interconnection, community and stewardship. This is also an invitation to meet with other families and art lovers, to be creative and to experience new ways to interact with our wild places.

Open to all ages; children 4 and under are free when accompanied by an adult participant. (Please note these children must still be registered.)

Workshop Information

Sunday, April 24 2022

Movement, Magic, and Mandalas

with Paloma Joy

10am -2pm

Paloma Joy in a creatrix of all sorts who grew up calling the Cumberland Forest her back yard, which has allowed her to establish a connection to nature at a young age. In this workshop we will explore the potency of mandalas in art and meditation. Using items found in nature, we will learn how art can be made anywhere with any medium, and the importance of being able to let it go (back to the earth) when we are done.

Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. Be prepared to play and get dirty!

Sunday, May 8 2022

Spidey Senses and The Gathering of the Ones

with Cindy Foley

10am -2pm

 

Cindy Foley is an experienced schoolteacher who currently runs her own successful hair salon, Carbon Hair Company is Cumberland. She offers a magical experience centered on her new book, The Gathering of the Ones, a world of tiny critters who, once invisible, now become united to be seen and heard in an effort to save out world.

 

Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. Be prepared to play and get dirty!

Sunday, May 22 2022

Wild Words

with Kevin Flesher

10am -2pm

 

 

Kevin Flesher is the original poet laureate of the Comox Valley and an award-winning natural history interpreter. In this workshop, we'll explore nature through poetry and poetry through nature. Participants will learn to write and share haikus about what they experience.

 

Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. Be prepared to play and get dirty!

Sunday, June 5th 2022

Spidey Senses and The Gathering of the Ones

with Cindy Foley

10am -2pm

Cindy Foley is an experienced schoolteacher who currently runs her own successful hair salon, Carbon Hair Company is Cumberland. She offers a magical experience centered on her new book, The Gathering of the Ones, a world of tiny critters who, once invisible, now become united to be seen and heard in an effort to save out world.

Sunday,  June 19th 2022

Fabulous Fungus & Fairies

with Paloma Joy

10am -2pm

Paloma Joy in a creatrix of all sorts who grew up calling the Cumberland Forest her back yard, which has allowed her to establish a connection to nature at a young age. In this workshop we will play with natural elements to create a playground to connect with the fairy realm. Establishing a deeper relationship with the Fae folk allows us to have a greater respect for the natural world around us while keeping our imagination open to magic and wonder.

Please bring water, snacks and a lunch, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. Be prepared to play and get dirty!

ImagiNature Collective Art Series

Program offerings

Available upon request

These field study workshops aim to educate students about their local environment and foster a greater respect for this planet we all call home. As we focus on topics such as fungus, flora, and fauna the students have an opportunity to engage with their local surroundings in a new and more meaningful way.  When studying topics such as plastics in our oceans and climate change, it is with the goal to instill a sense of empathy, stewardship and a desire to create change. As our future earth ambassadors, it is crucial for us to provide our youth with the tools and knowledge to understand the importance of sustainable practices.

Workshops can be delivered in French.

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DV8 Education programming is dynamic, creative, engaging, educational and fun. Workshops are ideally delivered as a series and incorporate music, writing, art, and games. The below workshops can be customized to meet your class' needs. If there is a workshop that you would like to see be developed, please don't hesitate to contact Renee and she would be more than happy to create something for you.

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Dive into the magnificent world of mushrooms, or more specifically that of the fascinating fungal kingdom, and discover their superpowers. Can you imagine glowing mushrooms or ones that takeover ant bodies and turn them into zombies? Fungi not only act as destroyers (or decomposers) but also as creators, either by breaking down natural materials or creating staple foods such as breads and cheeses. Some fungus can feed and heal us, whereas others can be deadly. Some can break down radioactive materials.

In addition to all the incredible things already mentioned, one can’t help but be in awe of the web like properties of fungi underneath the soil and how they serve to connect trees with one another, acting as water and nutrient transportation routes, therefore helping trees to communicate with one another.

The value of teaching students about fungus, beyond exposing them to their bewildering and diverse nature, is the opportunity to encourage ecological thinking by illustrating the delicate interconnectedness of all living and non-living things.

 

DV8 Education provides a dynamic and engaging learning experience, one that can be adapted to meet curricular needs.

The Magnificent Mushroom   workshop may include:

Introduction to fungal kingdoms; the diversity of forms; and their ecological roles

Biology and classification

Reproduction and Development

Adaptation and Environment

 

Cost: To be determined based on teacher's needs & number of sessions desired.

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Treemendous Trees

As we spend our time in the forest, our primary focus is to learn about the local trees. Games, storytelling, music, art and journaling are used to instill further connection. This workshop is designed to encourage awareness and appreciation for the value of trees and forests in the daily lives of people (past and present), 

 

Depending on grade and focus desired by teacher, this workshop may include the following content:

Fungus and Trees

Tree identification

Poetry celebrating Trees

The Sustainable Forest

Waste Not-Want Not

Forest Watersheds

Forest Carbon & Our Climate

 

Cost: To be determined based on teacher's needs & number of sessions desired.

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Secret Spidy Senses

The key to creating a deeper connection with the natural environment is to activate the five senses. As the senses are opened, greater awareness follows and space is created to develop an authentic relationship with nature. As we ignite our senses we may begin to understand the challenges of local predator and prey relationships or tune into the myriad of surrounding bird calls, beginning to decipher their messages. DV8 Education believes that nurturing personal nature connection at a young age is an essential component in developing sustainable practices and instilling a greater appreciation for the Earth.

 

Playful activities include hiding, seeking and sneaking. Storytelling, games, music, art, and field book exploration are additionally incorporated to inspire students to fall in love with the Earth and encourage advocacy.

Cost: To be determined based on teacher's needs & number of sessions desired.

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We currently face a plastic epidemic. Issues such as microplastics, floating plastic islands, and beach debris are in need of significant attention. “The Earth’s oceans, and the interconnected cycle of water and waterways, are essential to every living thing on Earth. And yet the health of these oceans, and by extension the wellbeing of all life on Earth, is at risk due largely to the impacts of human activity. Plastic is everywhere in our oceans and it’s going to take a deep, transformational change in humanity’s consciousness and activities regarding the oceans to ensure healthy, sustainable life on this planet.” (Plastic Education Kit, Teachers Leading Change, Grades 2 -3) DV8 Education believes this is possible! But change can only occur through increased awareness of how ones own plastic use has a direct impact on the environment. Through these lessons we hope that students will become leaders of change - and this can all start in the classroom. A facilitator will come into the class for a number of sessions before heading out on a field trip to do a local beach clean up. Help us to instill empathy and accountability among our youth so that we can break this pattern!

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Family nature connection days

Family Nature Connection Days are fun and engaging opportunities for you and your family to play outdoors and learn some truly fascinating things about the forest.

As we share knowledge about the natural environment, we help our children (and ourselves) gain a more profound understanding of interconnection, community, and stewardship. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet other families in a physically distanced format and build a network of active nature lovers.

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Professional Development

For Teachers
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Art of Nature Connection

Bringing Nature Connection OUT of the Classroom

The Art of Nature Connection workshop is an experiential half or full-day experience that takes place outside. It is appropriate for all levels of experience and grade levels. All that is required is a willingness to play, get dirty and learn through doing. The primary goal for the day is to participate in a range of activities that are intentionally woven together according to the 8-Shields Model created by Jon Young. Participants will be introduced to the Core Routines of Nature Connection as they engage in activities that activate sensory awareness, cultivate knowledge of place and restore the bond between people and the natural world. These activities are easily linked to many of the BC Prescribed Learning Outcomes and can be used to support learning at all grade levels and most subject areas. This is also an excellent opportunity to connect with other like-minded teachers and begin a dialogue on how to support each other in creating a classroom/ school culture centred on deep nature connection.

 

Time Frame: Half (3hrs) or Full-Day (5 hrs, Ideal option)

Max number of participants: 16

Cost: $100/hour

Staff Teambuilding

It is extremely valuable to set time aside for staff connection. The importance of creating a cohesive school culture begins with spending meaningful time together and breaking the initial barriers that come with staff changes. Creating new shared experiences in which the participants laugh, play and connect allow for staff to feel greater ownership of their school community. Even if your staff turnover isn't significant, creating space for connection is always invaluable. And finally, the activities can easily be adapted for use with students during the school year too.

 

Time Frame: Minimum of 3 to 5 hrs

Number of participants: Dependent

Cost: Varies depending on number of participants as additional support may be required.

Location: Ideally outside in a natural setting but can be adapted to be inside

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