Five Oaks NATURE-BASED DIVERSITY School Program
FIVE OAKS – A PLACE OF RADICAL WELCOME, EMBRACING DIFFERENCES, RIGHT RELATIONSIONS, NATURE CONNECTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.
Five Oaks is a unique, intercultural centre offering a safe space for educational and personal growth. The rich, long-standing Carolinian forests on whose land Five Oaks is situated are teeming with life. Forests and land thrive through the symbiotic diversity of their many parts. Today, Five Oaks deliberately celebrates the rich diversity of human experience. All are welcome to learn and to thrive here. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff are ready to create a fun day of exploration and learning that is just right for your students.
Come, bring your class to Five Oaks!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
FIVE OAKS STAFF LED PROGRAMING
Five Oaks program staff are friendly, dedicated, approachable and experienced running activities with children. They are enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and youth of all ages. Five Oaks Acorn Camp Staff will lead Opening and Closing Circle, Diversity Sessions, and All Group Activities throughout your visit. Following a game or activity, Five Oaks leader will create an opportunity for the students to reflect on what they just experienced. They are trained in First Aid and trained in Ophea guidelines and Five Oak policies.
LAND-BASED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Land-based learning acknowledges a connection and a relationship with the natural world. It embraces the concept that we, as humans, are part of the natural world rather than the natural world serving as a resource for our use. As we interact with the natural world and everything around us, we learn. We are stewards of the Land and as such have a responsibility to care for all living things, to respect the Land, and protect it. – Ophea Outdoor Education Toolkit
NATURE-BASED DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Five Oaks School Group Program offers sessions for your students to explore the theme of biodiversity, diversity and inclusion through the lens of the natural world.
The specific teaching emphasized through the six sessions is that appreciation for the biodiversity in the land around us can lead to appreciation for the diversity among us as humans. The land knows that it needs diversity. We need it too, and we are stronger for it. This can help to build your community, and a sense of belonging, inclusion, and diversity can flourish and grow.
Diversity on the Land and Each Other Curriculum was written by Rebecca Seiling, founder of Nature Connect (Kitchener Forest School), a facilitator for Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and Jan Sherman, Anishnaabe Mixed Ancestry, knowledge keeper, storyteller, drummer and singer and education consultant.
Come, explore the land along the Grand River as we dive into diversity together, through active games, reflective activities and exploration.