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Virtually Outdoors

Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual nature-based excursion.

Child watching Evergreen outdoor educator video on laptop

Registration for the 2020/2021 school year is now open!

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Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual excursion that will continue the vital work of connecting children and youth to the natural world from anywhere with an internet connection.

These programs are available for all schools and free for qualifying schools*. Offered on any digital platform including Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams and can be adapted to both in-class and virtual school.

*Free programs are available to any Ontario school/class that can offer a reasonable need for a no-cost program during their application or is ranked in the top 300 of the TDSB LOI.

If you have questions about the program, please contact us at school@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x214 

Program Offerings

Virtually Outdoors is a live virtual program led by Evergreen facilitators. The grade-specific programs below are curriculum-linked and nature-based.

Sessions run for 1.5 hours with a short outdoor break in the middle, and 1 hour for kindergarten. You can choose the 9:00am time slot or 1pm time slot. The maximum number of participants is 35 students per program.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten

Urban Animal Adventures: Join Evergreen Educators for a fun, participatory online adventure where we’ll use inquiry and observation to explore a variety of animals in our neighborhoods and their basic needs! Through imaginative games and storytelling we’ll celebrate the wild side of our cities and ignite your class’ inner sense of wonder, encouraging empathy towards one another and the natural world through sharing and reflection.

Grades One to Three

Nature in the City: From towering oaks housing sleeping creatures, to salmon in our rivers, we are surrounded by living things! With curiosity as our guide, we’ll use math and literacy-based approaches to explore and learn about the habitats at our doorsteps. Students will get in touch with their own animal senses and play nature detectives on a virtual adventure as they seek out evidence of nature in the city and learn to care for the local environment!

Grades Four to Six

Everything is Connected: Everything in the natural world is connected by a myriad of relationships. This digital excursion is all about exploring these connections while fostering a sense of place and belonging. Find out how plants, insects, birds and humans share energy, habitats and are linked by complex and inspiring food webs and life cycles. Through a virtual hike, shared stories, live polls and games, students will explore different perspectives on biodiversity and human impact while learning how they can help nature thrive.

Grades Seven to Eight

Nature Mapping: Join us as we push the boundaries of indoor virtual excursions in pursuit of watershed-based learning. Through a virtual hike we’ll introduce students to Toronto’s watershed, including its origins in ancient glaciers and headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine. Utilizing Google Maps, students will find and map critical ecological niches in their school community and combine their data into a snapshot of biotic and abiotic elements like no other!

Grades Nine to Twelve

Indigenous Land Connections: Join Brother Nature on an exploration of Indigenous land connections with a focus on urban agriculture. We’ll explore traditional techniques to gardening, learn about common native plants grown throughout the landscape, and dive into discussions on how plants can heal and nourish the mind and body. Using common household items, we’ll explore indoor gardening techniques, so you can plant, harvest and share in all seasons. Explore how knowledge of Indigenous gardening and cooking can be a powerful act of reconciliation.

Rates

The Virtually Outdoors program operates on a scaled model with three streams – fully subsidized, partially subsidized and non subsidized. To ensure accessibility to the program, all schools qualify for the partially subsidized rate of $200. Schools who are able can opt for the $550 full/actual cost. Qualifying schools can receive a fully subsidized program.

A full subsidy is available to any Ontario school that can offer a reasonable need for a no-cost program or is ranked in the top 300 of the TDSB LOI. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a full subsidy and we will respond with availability.

Detailed rate information

Program Type

Price

Full Subsidy Free
Partial Subsidy $200
Actual Cost (open to any institution interested in paying true cost) $550

Qualifying for a fully subsidized program

Schools can identify their needs based on multiple factors including but not limited to; median family income, percentage of families whose income is below the low-income measures, single-parent families, adults with low education, etc. Alternatively, schools who rank in the Top 300 of the TDSB LOI can qualify. 

Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a fully subsidized program.

Have questions about the Virtually Outdoors program? Read through the FAQs below or contact us at school@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x214.

FAQs about Virtually Outdoors

Can you combine classes?

Yes! As long as the group size is limited to 35 students.

Are program start and end times flexible?

Yes, there is some flexibility with start and end times. Please reach out directly for specific details. 

Can you accommodate our recess time?

Yes, please let us know your recess schedule before confirming your program.  

Can one class book multiple times? 

Yes, however they would be repeating the same program. 

Can we customize our virtual program? 

Unfortunately, customized virtual programs are not currently available, however if there are small adjustments (ie. key terms, connections to classroom activities) we can provide to help you meet your learning goals, please feel free to indicate these on your application and we will do our best to accommodate.

I’m not with a school, can I still apply for a virtual program? 

Yes. We accept all education groups, including learning centres, home school groups and learning pods.