Professional Development

Are you an educator or student program facilitator? You may be eligible for discount or FREE professional development opportunities! 

Field Trip in Nature
Learn to Teach Outdoors

Are you interested in teaching your classes outside? Are you looking for practical tools and field tested practices?

This engaging and practical one day workshop is aimed at introducing all educators to take Teaching Outside in Manitoba. You will participate in a day outside and will have an opportunity for exploration and hands on practice with affordable and accessible supplies. You will leave with a framework that will support teaching outside as well as several examples of lessons from various disciplines that meet curricular outcomes.

Outdoor Council of Canada, OCC, Field Leader
Field Leader (Hiking)

This 2 day course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a hiking activity for one day. Students will be required to read a 60 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the course. Course length is 16 hours. Graduates of the FL (Hiking) course are qualified to lead one day trips into class 1 hiking terrain as defined in the Outdoor Council of Canada's Matrices.  The scope of practice for the FL (Hiking) graduate can be found Here

Outdoor Council of Canada, OCC, Field Leader
Field Leader (Overnight)

This certification is an extension of other Field Leader courses. Students must have complete at least one other Field Leader course prior to registering. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips. Students will be required to read a 80 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Module length is 20 hours of instruction time, most of which is spent outside, plus one night outdoors. Graduates of the FL (Overnight) module are qualified to lead longer trips in low-risk terrain classes relevant to their activity. The scope of practice for a FL (Overnight) graduate can be found Here

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Project Wild

Project WILD is a curriculum companion that has a wide array of activities and lessons tailored to teaching and learning outside.

Project WILD is based on educational standards, developed by scientists, and reviewed and field tested by educators. The interdisciplinary Canadian Project WILD guide features 121 complete lesson plans about wildlife and the environment that can each be adapted for any age, grade level or subject and every participant will leave with their own copy! Mathematics lessons, writing assignments, art lessons and more can be found in the pages of the Project WILD resource Manual.

Outdoor Council of Canada, OCC, Field Leader
Field Leader (Paddling & Hiking)

This 2 day course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a paddling and/or a hiking activity for one day. Prior to the course, it is recommended that students obtain a technical paddling certification from another organization. Students must read a 80 page manual and complete attached quizzes. Course length is 20 hours. Graduates of the FL (Paddling and Hiking) course are qualified to lead one day trips into class 1 paddling environments and class 1 hiking terrain as defined in the Outdoor Council of Canada's Matrices.  The scope of practice for the FL (Paddling and Hiking) graduate can be found Here

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Below Zero

Below Zero is a curriculum companion that has a wide array of activities and lessons tailored to teaching and learning outside.

Below Zero is Below Zero is an educational program designed to promote understanding of wildlife under winter conditions. It features 46 complete lesson plans that can each be adapted for any age, grade or subject. Most Canadians live with snow and ice for at least five months of the year, yet we know surprisingly little about life in frozen environments. Mathematics lessons, writing assignments, art lessons and more can be found in the pages of the Below Zero resource Manual.

Outdoor Council of Canada, OCC, Field Leader, Winter
Field Leader (Winter)

This one day certification course is an extension of other Field Leader courses. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for cold environments. The Field Leader (Hiking) is a prerequisite to this module. Students will be required to read a 40 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Module length is 8 hours, most of which is spent outside. Graduates of the FL (Winter) module are qualified to lead one day trips in low-risk winter environments as defined by the OCC Hiking Terrain Matrix. The scope of practice for a FL (Winter) graduate can be found Here