Natalie Gillis is a researcher at Mount Allison University. Her work over the summer has focused on developing outdoor and environmental education curricula for use at Salem Elementary School in Sackville. She joined us in the studio to talk about the progress she’s made over the summer and the prospects for the implementation of her innovative work, which creates opportunities for K-4 educators to teach visual and language arts, social sciences, math, and ecology with the outdoors as a basic element of the educational program. “It combines two important elements of children’s experience, education and the outdoors,” says Gillis, who will be submitting a guide to outdoor lesson plans to teachers at Salem Elementary in the coming weeks.

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