A Message from Dr. Beverlie Dietze
The Play Outdoors Magazine: Exploring Outdoor Experiences in Early Learning was first published in March 2021. It was a new adventure for me, for our team, and for many of our contributors. We have truly enjoyed the challenge of creating a magazine that illustrates the importance of outdoor play from a variety of perspectives and for children of all ages and diversities in their play. I would like to extend a sincere thank our readers and our advertisers for having the confidence in us to explore this resource. We look forward to bringing you another year of great reading – we hope you won’t be disappointed with our 2022-2023 editions.
In each issue there will be articles from educators, practitioners and researchers, along with ideas that might be used to spark children’s curiosity, play and exploration.
• Reasons to celebrate the season
• Books and resources
• Voices from the field
• Reflection on and about practice
• Recipes for children
• Messages from parents
• And so much more.
Some of the topics that will be highlighted in upcoming issues include:
• Language nests, literacy, and the great outdoors
• The magic of sticks
• Creating maker space and STEM in the outdoors
• The benefits of bugs
• Outdoor spaces and places from an accessibility lens
• Children and sit spots
Drop us an email and tell us what you would like to discover in upcoming issues.
Your annual subscription includes four issues published quarterly and will begin with Volume 2, Spring 2022, followed by the Summer, Fall and Winter 2022 editions.
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Dr. Debra Harwood is the co-designer and current Program Director for the ECE degree program at Brock University in the Niagara Region of Ontario. Debra can often be found outdoors with university students, educators, and/ or children exploring ways of playing, thinking, and being in nature.
Jacqueline Marie is an actor and an educator at Okanagan College where she teaches English. She has a passion for using stories, technology, and the environment to support individuals in expressing their individuality, voice and talents.
Linda O’Donoghue is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education and Development Program at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. She has a passion for outdoor pedagogy and is an advocate for children’s right to play in all seasons and all weather!
Janetta McLean grew up in England and Wales and emigrated to Canada as a young adult. She studied Religion & Philosophy at the University of Lancaster and Education at the University of Durham and Early Childhood Education at Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec. Currently she teaches Early Childhood Education at CDI college in Montreal.
Fiona Rowlands is a teacher in the Early Childhood Education Department at Vanier College and a part-time lecturer at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Christine Alden is a PhD Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Aynsley Maves is an elementary school educator and a Master of Education student at Brock University, focusing her research on the paradigm shift that needs to occur for educators to transition their pedagogy to become outdoor educators.
Deborah Meechan is a lecturer in the Early Years and Childcare program at Glasgow Clyde College. Having spent 22 years teaching and training in early years, Deborah qualified as a Forest Kindergarten Trainer and Forest School Leader in 2019. She is passionate about play in nature and encourages future practitioners to provide plentiful opportunities for children to develop and learn in nature.
Angela Roy is the owner/operator of Serendipity Early Years Centre in Kelowna, BC. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 20 years, since graduating from Okanagan College. She is an advocate for outdoor play and has evolved her program over the years to offer incredible outdoor experiences daily, no matter the weather.
Jessica Holder (RECE, BSc, Forest School Practitioner) has been passionately committed to the field of early childhood education for over a decade. She is the Pedagogical Leader at Discovery Child Care Centre where she works collaboratively with educators to reflect on their pedagogical choices and to grow the programs they co-construct with children and families
Karen Eilersen (RECE, Forest School Practitioner) is the founder and director of Discovery Child Care Centre: one of Ontario’s very first licensed childcare centres that is also a certified Forrest and Natureschool, founded in 1998. She has earned international acclaim for her work in green childcare practices and is a pioneer in terms of advancing the Forest and Nature school concept here in Canada
Bev Williams is an educator who has taught students from pre-school to university. She has a passion for nurturing a sense of wonder and helping people discover a love for nature. Bev has worked to raise the awareness and developmental level of students, educators, and parents through workshops, environmental camps, and summer science programs. Bev believes very strongly in the importance of building and expanding on the natural curiosity of young children.
Nadine L. Siever is a Grade 3 Teacher at Rose Valley Elementary School in West Kelowna, BC.
Tim Van Brummelen is the Principal of Rose Valley Elementary School in West Kelowna, nestled in the woods of Rose Valley Regional Park. Along with his staff, he is passionate about outdoor play and living out Truth and Reconciliation in relationships. In his spare time, he loves to camp in his rooftop tent in the woods far from civilization with his wife, Bobbi.