Presenter Bios

Presenter Bios

Presenter Name(s) Presenters Bio(s)
Maleea Acker Maleea Acker is an environmental journalist, author, and instructor at the University of Victoria in the Departments of Geography and Canadian Studies.
Ken Josephson
Pano Skrivanos Ken Josephson is a Cartographer and community project liaison in UVic’s Geography Department. Both are experienced facilitators of workshops and classes, using collaborative, innovative, community-engaged, in-person, and online methods.
Nikki Wright
Stephanie Aleksiuk Stephanie is an environmental educator and nature enthusiast living in Calgary. She is currently completing her MA in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. Her research involves creating curriculum-connected resources to support elementary school teachers to take learning outside into the schoolyard to help foster students’ ecological identity.
Kiersten Brookes Kiersten is an educator in Victoria with experience in Saskatchewan and B.C.  For more than 20 years she has worked to help children build their skills and confidence.  Her degree from the University of Saskatchewan focused on First Nations Education. Her Master’s Degree Focused on curriculum development in Science including First Peoples Science “Building Life Skills Using Forces and Simple Machines”. Hailing from the ditches and hills of Port Alberni, girl guides, and the special gully where the  grandmother maple  grew, solidified her care and reverence for nature, and grew to be a life obsession.
Christopher Brown Farmer Brown: Agricultural educator, activist, entrepreneur, SD69 teacher, urban farmer, permaculturalist, anthropologist, traditional ecological knowledge, community member, father, husband, soil building, nature loving, insect appreciating, farming hype-man! Twitter @farmer_teacher  FB @farmer.brown.agriculturalist
Cary Campbell Dr. Cary Campbell is a teacher, musician, and interdisciplinary educational researcher. He holds a PhD in Education from SFU and is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Education. His published research has mostly centred on developing ecologically-informed approaches for learning theory and pedagogy. Cary also teaches music and plays guitar in several bands/projects.
Marion Benkaiouche


Marion Benkaiouche is the founder and Director of Development at The Group (multimodal research), an education think-tank founded in 2018. She also has a background expertise in IT and information architecture and is a consultant within the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Additionally, Marion is a fiction writer and writes book reviews  for subTerrain Magazine.
Alexa Charles Hi! I’m Alexa Charles! I am a teacher in school district 43 Coquitlam. I co-chair our local Environmental Educators’ local specialist association. I have a passion for learning and playing outdoors and lead my practice with place led pedagogy and a deep love of the forest.
Christina Chowaniec
Rebecca Clapperton Law
Molly Cooperman
Alexis Marie Chute Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, curator, and bestselling author of fantasy trilogy Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun, and memoir Expecting Sunshine. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and international speaker. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts., Instagram: @alexismariechute
Chris Colley Learn is a NPO representing minority language education in Quebec. We provide resources and support for our English communities.
Lindsay Coulter Lindsay Coulter is a naturalist, writer, facilitator, community builder, and former David Suzuki’s Queen of GreenTM. To help foster a deep connection with our living world she coaches, mentors, and educates youth and teachers. She’s the Director of Community, Culture and Communications at EPIC nature school.
Kirsten Dallimore Kirsten is a certified BC teacher who is currently a province-wide environmental educator with the Sierra Club BC education team and Park Naturalist within CRD regional Parks on Southern Vancouver Island. Exploring nature and teaching how to appreciate and have an experience in the natural world is what makes Kirsten feel fully alive. Learning and teaching about how to connect deeper with nature and gain a sense of place on this earth is what has grounded Kirsten to pursue her passion for environmental and outdoor place-based learning.
Adrianne Begg Adrianne brings enthusiasm, delight, excitement, experience, wonder, encouragement, compassion, and is guided by the needs of the groups or individuals that she is working with. She wishes to develop and grow in communities that encourage nature connection, play, tinkering, and creativity for all ages and stages. Adrianne is a BC certified teacher, and has been engaging in nature-based education programs for the past 14 years. She is currently a teacher with two Heartwood Learning Communities in Colwood and Metchosin and she works and plays as a guest on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke (Sooke) nations.
Megan Grupe Megan consciously creates learning communities and experiences that call on compassion, mindfulness, play, tinkering, making, and creativity. At the root of her motivations in education lies a strong desire to connect people to nature as a way to heal our bond with mother earth, ourselves, and empower care and consideration for all beings. Megan is a BC certified teacher and has been teaching for over 15 years in many different settings. She is currently a teacher with two Heartwood Learning Communities in Colwood & Victoria and she lives, works, and plays as a guest on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich), & T’Sou-ke (Sooke) Nations.
Bonnie Davison Nine years ago Bonnie founded the Victoria Nature School Society in Victoria, BC, which provides forest school programs for over 100 children yearly, ages 3-10 years of age. Bonnie is a certified Forest School Practitioner, Permaculture Teacher Trainer, and currently teaches Grade One in Victoria. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with educators so they can more easily bring nature connections into their daily teaching practice.
Sylvie de Grandpre Sylvie has been an energetic educator for 30 years, and is a PhD Candidate (ULeth). She is interested in the relationships educators develop with land, how they live the FPPL, and how they share all this with their students. She is passionate about photography, being outdoors, loves walking and chocolate!
Faye O’Neal
Jonathan Dyck Jonathan Dyck is the president of the Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA). He lives in Powell River, where he teaches at the secondary school.
Patrick Robertson Patrick Robertson leads an educational consulting firm, Syncollab Strategies, and is a teacher educator in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He is also the chair of the C2C Education Network.
Selina Metcalfe Selina began her career in summer camps in the Howe Sound, teaching backcountry leadership skills to street-affected youth for the Boys and Girls Club.   As a secondary English and Social Studies teacher in the Surrey School District for over 20 years, she has had a passion for connecting students to the places that inform them, and aspires to use the curriculum to help students understand their relationship to the land.  Selina has recently been a Faculty Associate for the SEEDs (Sustainability Education in an Environment of Diversity) module of PDP at SFU. As president of EEPSA for ten years, she worked to establish Local Chapters across the province, and currently acts as the coordinator of those groups.  She has delivered professional development to teachers and student teachers on a wide range of topics related to outdoor, place-based and environmental learning.   Selina and her family currently live in Burnaby and Rossland.
Devon McDonald Devon recently joined the Ministry of Education as the Provincial Curriculum Coordinator to support curriculum and classroom assessment projects—one of which involves collaborating with the Climate Action Secretariat to explore how to enhance and support climate education in B.C. schools. Prior to this role, Devon spent 4 years at Emergency Management BC where he developed emergency preparedness education programs, including the Master of Disaster classroom program for Grades 4-8. He’s passionate about cross-government and community collaboration, public education, environmental stewardship, and youth engagement. Devon holds a MA in Communications (Waterloo) and an MEd in Educational Psychology (Victoria).
Amanda Broad
David Zandvliet Dr. David Zandvliet is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and the founding Director for the Institute for Environmental Learning.
Enid Elliot Enid Elliot, PhD: I am an early childhood educator who has been continually surprised, intrigued and delighted by the babies, children, families and early childhood educators with whom I have worked, played and journeyed. I am currently on faculty at Camosun College and am an adjunct professor at University of Victoria. My current questions concern the pedagogies that emerge as educators and children explore/engage deeply with all the layers of the natural/material landscape found outside school walls, as well as learning from Indigenous worldviews and narratives that honour our connections with the natural world
Margaret-Anne Enders Margaret-Anne Enders, BA (Child and Youth Care), MTS (Ethics), is a white settler who lives on the unceded territory of T’exelc in the Secwepemc nation and is thankful for the culture and teachings of local Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, and Dakelh-Dene people. She is an experienced facilitator with a background in youth work, community development, and multicultural and interfaith relations. Through her two anti-racism courses: Awakenings and White Work, Margaret-Anne has been actively working alongside educators in SD27 who have been exploring ways to decolonize their teaching practice and school environments. Margaret-Anne is passionate about working towards and living in a community where reconciliation, restitution, and land reparations are ongoing, where diversity is truly celebrated, where equity is a given, and where everyone feels safe, valued, and empowered.
Natasha Ewing Natasha and Rike both have backgrounds in the fields of science and environmental education . Working for BC Parks as part of the recently formed Community Engagement & Education Team, they are excited to be inspiring the next generation of stewards by connecting the dots between students/teachers and BC’s wild spaces.
Rike Moon
Chloe Faught


Selina Metcalfe

Chloe Faught: I am a secondary school science and social studies teacher in the Saanich School District currently working at SIDES. I recently completed my M.A at Royal Roads University, writing my thesis on my experience building a collaborative environmental teacher community in Victoria, BC through the Salish Sea EEPSA Chapter.
Selina Metcalfe: I am a secondary school Humanities teacher at Fleetwood Park Secondary in Surry B.C. I have been an active EEPSA member for many years at one time was president of EEPSA and created the EEPSA Chapter model. I am currently the EEPSA Chapter Liaison and on the Board for C2C.
Stella Fleming


Nicole Haas


Cindy Erazo

We are 3 primary teachers who love outdoor learning and care deeply about our students’ mental health and well-being.
Amy Flett Amy Flett, B.A, B.Ed, Dip. Outdoor Ed.
Nova Scotia taught me how to love the natural world.
British Columbia showed me the possibilities of Outdoor Education and my passion for teaching students in a Fresh Air Classroom.
Professional Details: Full-time Grade 6 Teacher, West Vancouver, B.C., Experienced Professional Development Facilitator, UBC guest teacher, Ignite The North Shore Presenter. Twitter: @msflett Website:
Bruce Ford Bruce is a proud husband, father and teacher. He lives, works, plays and learns on the shared traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations. Bruce grew up in Metro Vancouver, Ethiopia and Malaysia. He recognized at an early age the privilege and quality of life enjoyed in our region and how it is often taken for granted. Bruce brings his passion for sustainability, education, collaboration and leadership to his ongoing work with Metro Vancouver School and Youth Leadership Programs.  These programs inspire and equip K-12 teachers, students and high school youth leaders to make sustainability personal, local, action-oriented and fun through engaging and curriculum-connected field trips and facility tours, teaching and learning resources, teacher professional development and youth leadership programs.
Serena Bonneville A passionate storyteller driven by meaningful engagement, tangible results and impactful change. In my consulting practice, I focus on organizations who are striving for greater social impact and who are working hard to better our community & environment. Every impact comes with a story and every story deserves to be told right.
Cecilia Jaques Cecilia believes that the voices of youth are fundamental to creating a climate future where people and planet can thrive and is committed to leveraging her knowledge and passion for sustainability to advocate for climate justice through her work with Metro Vancouver School and Youth Leadership Programs. Cecilia is grateful to be situated within the traditional ancestral territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations where she spends her free time hiking, cycling, climbing, and exploring the abundance of nature at our doorstep.
Laura G. Funderburk Veselin Jungic – Canadian mathematician and educator at SFU. Math Catcher program coordinator.
Veselin Jungic Ochele Wilson – School teacher (retired). Tla’amin community member.
Cedric Chauve Laura Funderburk – Callysto data scientist.
Ochele Wilson Cedric Chauve – Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University.
kQwa’st’not Charlene George kQwa’st’not~Charlene George is a band member of the tSouk nation, a cultural guide for SCBC, active in her local cultural community and has recently completed her MA.  As part of completing her master’s Seeing Through Watcher’s Eyes was given ‘life’.  kQwa’st’not observes that change or transformation is not easy or comfortable for most. However, this work is imperative to our collective ability to survive and thrive. After all, we are all in one canoe and together we will journey well or capsize.  She notes that NONU WEL,WEL TI,Á NE TȺ,EȻEȽ — our canoe is really tippy as we try to journey together, so we must strive to better balance our relationship with each other, Western and Indigenous knowledge systems, and ways of knowing. This is a process that can be difficult and requires hard work, an open mind, humility and willingness to change.
Ascher Goodman Ascher Goodman was born in Oregon and raised on the lands of the Yakima nation, now known as the Willamette Valley. Growing up, they would spend school breaks visiting their grandma in rural southern Oregon. This is where they learned to love being outside. Swimming in the rivers, hiking in the nearby Redwoods, catching crawdads—they loved it all. They believe that the relationship between self and the world cannot be one-sided; that they have an obligation to all beings.
Bree Greve Bree has been with Surrey Parks for over 10 years working as both an environmental educator and in a city-wide role in stewardship. She supports schools in finding meaningful and responsible ways to connect children with nature in the city and is a huge advocate for outdoor play and learning.
Jennifer Gruno Jennifer Gruno is a Doctoral Candidate and Sessional Instructor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education at the University of Victoria. She taught Physical Education and English in the Sooke School District for 12 years. Her research interests include alternative curricula in physical and health education (PHE) and the meaningful incorporation of nature in education.
Erika Sager Erika Sager is a Pre-Service Teacher in the Elementary PDPP at the University of Victoria. She is a qualified forest school leader and has worked as an environmental and outdoor educator in Victoria and the United Kingdom. Her pedagogical interests include the purposeful and substantive incorporation of Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and histories into curricula.
Colin Harris Colin Harris is the Founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside. He initiated the organization by running 7,600 km across Canada, going into 80 schools across the country and engaging 20,000 students in conversation around heading outside more often.  He has completed a Master’s of Environmental Education and Communication and is starting a PhD in Educational Research at the University of Calgary, exploring teacher’s perceptions on outdoor learning.
Haley Higdon Haley Higdon (OCT) is a guest on Turtle Island and is the Program Director of Natural Curiosity, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, OISE-University of Toronto. Haley was the managing editor for the creation of Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, and has extensive experience in supporting educators with incorporating environmental inquiry and Indigenous perspectives into practice.
Sidney Howlett Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has taught in schools across Ontario. As the Engagement Manager at GreenLearning, Sidney leads the growth and impact of programs and supports educators in implementing environmental education into their classrooms.
Maureen Jack-LaCroix Maureen is Be The Change Earth Alliance’s founder and a SFU PhD candidate in Environmental Education and Social Innovation. She’s an inspiring speaker, curriculum designer, and environmental educator with 17 years of experience delivering teacher and student workshops. Maureen co-created the Student Leadership for Change resources with teacher consultants.
Susan Jagger Susan Jagger is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. An experienced elementary teacher in BC and the UK, Susan’s research focuses on environmental education and participatory research approaches with children.
Breanna Ashdown Breanna Ashdown is a Research Assistant with a BSc in Biology and Microbiology from  University of Victoria.
Katelyn Jmaeff


Jasmine Hare


Derek VanDeursen

We are a team of three educators (Jasmine Hare, Katelyn Jmaeff & Derek Van Deursen) working in Vancouver schools. We are completing a MEd program in Education for Sustainability at UBC. Recently, we released our podcast Reasonably Radical: A Climate Change Podcast, and look forward to sharing our core philosophy of systems thinking for change!
Deborah Koehn


Mia Moutray

Deb is a an instructor in the Masters program at UNBC and Mia is a Middle School teacher in SD 91.   Both are teacher leaders in the Koh Learning project.  The Koh Learning Project is creating experiential, place based learning in the Nechako watershed. Teachers and students are exploring cross-curricular, hands-on learning.
Jarrett Krentzel Jarrett Krentzel is the Founder/Director of Hand-In-Hand Nature Education Inc. (HIH), an outdoor educational program located in the Comox Valley and Campbell River, BC, Cananda designed to offer a unique childhood learning experience for children 2 – 17 years old. Jarrett has over 20 years of experience teaching nature education from preschools to universities in British Columbia, Yukon, New York, Oregon and California. He is a member of the BC Nature’s Education Committee, Outdoor Early Learning Association of BC, PLAY Comox Valley, Comox Valley Nature Educators, Cumberland’s Ecology of the Forest Committee and Acorn Collective. Jarrett is the co-founder of Cascadian Crusaders, co-author/publisher of a children’s illustrated environmental superhero book called The Great Plastic Round-up, former Vice President for the Comox Valley Naturalists Society and former co-leader of NatureKids BC.
Hilary Leighton A lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche, Dr. Hilary Leighton is associate professor at Royal Roads University and an eco-psychotherapist in private practice. Her scholarship reflects the ethical dilemma, suffering and loss of our relationships with wildness and contemplates learning as an initiatory journey toward maturation and soulful belonging.
Chloe Faught A mother, secondary school science and social studies teacher, Chloe Faught MA- Environmental Education & Communication, holds sacred the power of poetic voice for making connections with Self and World. President of the Salish Sea EEPSA Chapter, she’s keen to bring more “wildness” to school for both students and educators.
Tobias Lemay Jenna is a highschool resource teacher in Richmond, and Toby teaches Woodwork and works in collaboration with Indigenous Education in Cowichan.  Meekyoung was an elementary school teacher in Korea before coming here to study Education for Sustainability. We all share interests in arts education, sustainability, social justice, and standing in solidarity with Indigenous communities.
Jenna Dur
Meekyoung Jeung
Yuko Lin Yuko is the coordinator for Seaquaria Ocean Education, a division of a local charity, World Fisheries Trust. Yuko is passionate about place-based learning, science communication, and getting students excited about the diversity found on the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Marcus Lobb I am a 6th generation mixed European settler currently working and residing on Coast Salish Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples. My role with Farm to School BC is as a community animator. I have been engaged in outdoor education and school garden work for over a decade.
Lauren MacLean Lauren MacLean is the author of Me and My Sit Spot and hosts a podcast called ‘Mentoring Nature Connections,’ where she interviews outdoor educators across Canada.  She previously worked for Soaring Eagle Nature School and  now works as a Mentoring Support Teacher in the Coquitlam School District where she works alongside educators who are passionate in developing their mathematics and outdoor learning programs.
Carly Eirikson Carly Eirikson has a M.Ed in Special Education and has worked as a Educational Consultant for students with special needs in the New Westminster School District and for POPARD. She also worked as a Learning Resource and Primary  Teacher in the Richmond School District. Currently, she is an Elementary Vice- Principal in New West.
Asta Mail Asta is Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Education Coordinator. Asta has many years of experience in creating and leading sail expeditions and experiential education programs. Her motivation in life is to inspire others to explore the wonders of nature, and to cultivate a voice for conservation.
Pete Underwood
Tanya Margerm My teaching has been focused on Outdoor Kindergarten and Outdoor education in the intermediate grades. This combined with my degree in Landscape Architecture has helped me develop learning spaces that facilitate student engagement and outdoor exploration.
Neill McCallum Neill McCallum is an active communicator of environmental education and experiences to support teachers and the general public with living a more sustainable lifestyle and being better connected with nature.
Frances McCoubrey Frances and Tess teach Grade 7 at Columneetza Secondary School in Williams Lake, BC.  They are both committed to creating learning experiences for students that are equitable where possible, are tied to place and engaging.
Tess Riley
Imani Miller I share Indigenous heritage with my father, as a member of the Chickamauga Cherokee Nation. I learned my father’s and my grandparent’s medicine ways since the age of 2 and I build and facilitate land based teachings in Nature, such as building Medicine Wheels, and river and water ceremonies for healing and for connecting with the land. I have worked as a nurse, teacher, principal and traditional counselor for the past 50 years. I have lived in Australia, Indonesia, France, England and the US besides Canada and from these places learned from local medicine people. I have lived at sea where I taught Marine Biology on ships based in Long Beach California. My life outlook is, “Make your life an adventure, and share your good medicine!”
Tomo Nishizawa


Nicole Lorusso

Nicole Lorusso and Tomo Nishizawa are secondary science teachers in Duncan, BC. They both have MAs in environmental/place-based education and are interested in understanding how teacher’s relationships to place influence their practices. They have previous experience teaching internationally and are passionate about developing meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students.
Monica Nissen Wildsight’s Teach the Columbia team also runs Columbia River Field School (CRFS) – an accredited high school course. For info:
Graeme Lee Rowlands Monica Nissen: Wildsight Education Director
Grace Broadfoot Graeme Lee Rowlands: CRFS Program Coordinator
Ali Giesbrecht Grace Broadfoot: Award winning SD8 teacher
  Ali Geisbrecht: CRFS alumna and youth intern
Wenwonelwet (Katia) Olsen Katia Olsen WENWONELWET is a teacher at Lau, Welnew and a member of the Tsartlip Nation in Wsanec territory. She is the daughter of Curtis Olsen and Georgina Underwood. She speaks SENĆOŦEN fluently and teaches her students about cultural understanding, the Saanich moon and about their worldviews.  She is the mother of four and helps her girls to be strong, athletic and knowledgeable about their culture, the land, and sea.  She supports her mom and is a strong member of her community.
Ella Parker


Mia Moutray


Tavia McKinnon


Deb Koehn

Facilitators for this workshop are all members of the team that coordinates the SD91-UNBC partnered “Koh-Learning in our Watersheds” program. Ella Parker and Tavia McKinnon are Research Assistants with UNBC. Mia Moutray is a Middle Years Teacher at the Nechako Valley Secondary School. Deb Koehn is an Instructor at UNBC and the SD91 Inquiry Lead Teacher.
Monika Pelz


Jennifer Putland

The Ocean Networks Canada K-12 Education team is dedicated to helping folks #knowtheocean! Monika is known for her dry wit and dedication to teaching. Jennifer has a research background in biological oceanography and experience teaching students in high school and university.
Power to Be From hiking and kayaking, to camping and snowshoeing, Power To Be is a non-profit organization that creates access to nature for youth, families and adults living with cognitive, physical, financial, and social barriers. Their life-changing programs redefine courage, hope, inclusion, and ability.  To find out more about Power To Be and how to get involved, please visit:
Dave Ramsey


Karen Wilson

Dave Ramsay is an experienced Science educator in BC’s education system. While implementing Watershed sustainability high school curriculum, he discovered Alberta Tomorrow’s powerful learning tools. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, business and other educators, Dave has developed BC Tomorrow for use, free of charge,  in BC’s education system, with sustainability focused educational organizations and the general public.
Christine Slanz Christine Slanz, BSc, MSc is an environmental and science educator who has shared her for science and the environment for over 15 years with K-12 students through classroom workshops, outdoor field experiences, science camps, and environmental career conferences in Northwest BC. She is currently the Educational Coordinator for SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.
Lori Snyder Lori Snyder is an Indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of wild, medicinal and edible plants that grow in everyday spaces. Through Lori’s eyes, our immediate surroundings take on a new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional and ecological resources.
Danika Strecko Danika plays a central role in expanding SFI’s educational work in Canada. She helps lead the overall development of educational materials and programs and is helping to launch and implement the Project Learning Tree Forest Literacy Framework, which translates the complex language of forests and sustainable forest management into accessible concepts for grades K-12. Danika’s wealth of education experience includes everything from working in the classroom to implementing online learning programs and providing strategic leadership in the education community. Prior to joining SFI, she was the manager of online learning and ocean literacy at the not-for-profit Ocean Wise and a board member of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society. Danika is a B.C. Ministry of Education Certified Teacher and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She is working towards a Master of Educational Technology from UBC.
Nick Townley Nick teaches outdoor education and social studies with the Vancouver School Board’s Trek Outdoor Education Program. He is the vice president of EEPSA, a director with C2C, and the BC director of OCC.
Laura Jackman Laura is a born and raised Kootenay girl who lives and teaches in the Columbia Basin. She is the membership chair of EEPSA and the VP of local chapter, the KCEE.  She loves the outdoors and can usually be found hiking, biking, canoeing or snowboarding with her husband and 2 young kids. She is the Outdoor Classroom and grade 4 teacher at Rossland Summit School and is passionate about ecological justice education.
Katie Turner


Gillian Petrini


Chris Filler

Katie Turner is the Saanich Municipality Park Stewardship Coordinator. In this role, Katie supports volunteers and community partnerships to engage in ecological restorative work within Saanich.  Katie’s work includes invasive species removal and restorative plantings,  habitat restoration, project monitoring and educational endeavours.
Sanne van der Ros Sanne van der Ros developed a deep care for the health of watersheds through her paddling explorations around the world over the decades. As a final research project for her Master’s in Environmental Education and Communications from Royal Roads University, it was a natural fit to feature youth on a two-week educational field course in a video story that showcases this unique place-based, experiential education program.
The other facilitators (if present), Monica, Graeme, Ali, Grace, and Roger, are the trip leaders, educators, guides, and coordinators of the field course program by Wildsight called Columbia River Field School.
Nancy van Groll Nancy van Groll’s research and teaching focuses on child-place relationships in the context of climate precarity. In her work, she nurtures and activates ethical and pedagogical place attunements.
Annie Montague Dedicated to examining critical social sustainability and equity, Annie Montague researches and designs educational initiatives within non-profit organizations, institutions, and schools locally and internationally
Laura Verhoeven Laura, Dave, Megan and Dayna each have over 15 years of teaching environmental, outdoor, experiential learning programs in public secondary schools.  Their approach focuses on connecting students to their place in nature and in their community, exploring the outdoors, and learning about Indigenous perspectives and practices. Dayna Christ-Rowling has been an Environmental and Outdoor Educator in the Sooke School District for the last 13 years. She is passionate about taking students outside of the school setting and expanding their skills, experiences and knowledge.
Megan Bondurant
Dave Clark
Dayna Christ-Rowling
Stephanie Weinstein Stephanie Weinstein is the Education Lead with the Invasive Species Council of BC. Whether facilitating workshops with teachers, exploring the outdoors with students, or developing curriculum-linked lesson plans, she is passionate about connecting people to nature and inspiring them to learn about, care for, and take action to protect biodiversity.
Sue Stanifoth Sue Staniforth is the Education and Outreach Manager with the Invasive Species Council of BC. As a biologist and educator, Sue brings to her work over 30 years of experience researching and writing curriculum on topics ranging from biodiversity to outdoor classrooms, facilitating professional development workshops and training industry professionals.
Nikki Wright Nikki Wright, a community organizer since the 1970’s, is an Environmental Educator, Conservationist, and the Executive Director of SeaChange Marine Conservation Society.
Maleea Acker Maleea Acker is an instructor at the University of Victoria in the Departments of Geography and Canadian Studies. Ken Josephson is a Cartographer and Community Project Liaison in the University of Victoria Geography Department.
Ken Josephson
Richard Elliott
Zoe Cilliers
Pano Skrivanos
Megan Zeni Megan Zeni and Sarah Regan job share the outdoor and garden classroom position at their elementary school. They have decades of experience teaching kids of all ages and are advocates for taking children outdoors in all kinds of weather to learn, play, and grow. They believe just about anything can be taught in a school garden, and that class time spent in nature develops empathy, resiliency, and self-regulated learning. Megan is a PhD student at UBC in curriculum & pedagogy and shares out her learning on Instagram and Twitter at @roomtoplay.
Sarah Regan