Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

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Racial Equity in Outdoor Science and Environmental Education: Re-Establishing the Field with Intention

August 6, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

By Jedda Foreman, Rena Payan, Laura Rodriguez, and Craig Strang “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate, and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the […]

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Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

June 19, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

We want to acknowledge the recent racist events and killings in Minnesota, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, California, and other locations around the country. These events are not by any means isolated, nor is the racism that underlies them. We stand, unequivocally, in solidarity with the protests, marches, and global momentum that has come in response, […]

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FAQ’s About BEETLES

April 28, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

Below, we’ve assembled answers to some of the most common questions we get over email about the use of BEETLES resources, and other BEETLES-related things. Questions About Using BEETLES Resources Can I present a BEETLES Professional Learning Session to my staff?  Yes!! Anyone is welcome to download and teach a BEETLES Professional Learning Session (whether […]

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Reflections on Black History Month

February 24, 2020: Ask the BEETLES

How can we honor Black History Month within the context of outdoor and environmental education? There is a lot of work to be done to fully acknowledge the history and contributions of black leaders in outdoor spaces, and to support black leadership in the present moment which means addressing issues of equity and inclusion more […]

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A Reflection on Black History Month

February 25, 2019: Ask the BEETLES

How can we honor Black History Month within the context of outdoor and environmental education? There is a lot of work to be done to address issues of equity and inclusion, and to acknowledge the history and contributions of black leaders in outdoor spaces. Below are some actions we commit to, and that we encourage […]

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Integrating Territorial Acknowledgments Into Outdoor Science Programs

November 20, 2018: Ask the BEETLES

**Note: This blog post has been re-published as a resource page. Please click here for the most updated information and to view more example acknowledgments.** Special thanks to BEETLES Emerging Leader Erica Ellis and other Cheakamus Centre staff for their contributions to the development of this blog post. As environmental and outdoor science educators, we have […]

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Ask the BEETLES: Nature Exploration With Young Students

September 25, 2018: Ask the BEETLES

Question from a Program Leader: “I run an outdoor education program for families with children ages 2-5. I love everything you all do and am working on incorporating the learning cycle strategies onto our lessons more.  I am reaching out to see if you could suggest any resources or have examples of utilizing ‘I notice, […]

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Reviewing Leadership Institute Applications

June 9, 2017: Ask the BEETLES

As many of you know, over the winter we wrapped up the application process for two of our upcoming Leadership Institutes, in August and December 2017. (Applications will open this fall for the next Institute in August 2018!) First, a huge thank you from the entire BEETLES team to each of the many, many program leaders who […]

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