Past Events

New Teacher’s Conference

Start date: March 2, 2018

End date: March 3, 2018

Location: Radisson Hotel, Richmond


Join EEPSA and many others at the annual New Teacher’s Conference.

Apply for MM.Ed. Master of Museum Education

Date: March 1, 2018

Location: UBC

Online 90% | In-Person 10%
Begins September 2018 | Apply by March 1
Develop your capacity for improving Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Theory, and Pedagogical Practice.
As museums contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community.
This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student’s own country of origin. The end result are graduating students that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

School Garden Ecology Workshop

Date: February 23, 2018

In this teacher Pro-D workshop, learn how to grow an ecologically-friendly school food garden by fostering relationships between soil, plants and animals. Register and learn.

Walking the Talk for Green Schools Winter Solstice Celebration

Date: December 21, 2017

Time: 5:30-9:30

Location: Science World


Join EEPSA and other community educators in the winter solstice celebration event. Share your ideas on key ingredients that lead to success within growing our communities.

More information to come soon.

In partnership with EEPSA, Science World, Classrooms to Communities, Metro Vancouver, and HCTF.

Classroom to Communities

Date: November 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: J.L. Crowe Secondary, Trail, SD 20


School district staff and community educators are invited to participate in the pilot ‘Classrooms to Communities’ Curriculum Implementation Workshop which will take place in 3 weeks at JL Crowe Secondary School in Trail on Monday, November 27.

This is an opportunity for teachers and community educators to come together to learn, share, connect and collaborate to support Place-based Learning within the context of the redesigned curriculum.

Super Conference

Start date: October 20, 2017

End date: October 21, 2017

Location: Vancouver, BC

Registration opens middle of April. Get notified of when you can register.

Register early for the best rates!

Registration for Super Conference includes:

  • Two full days overflowing with interactive, inspirational and highly applicable professional learning opportunities created by 25 BC PSAs.
  • Over 30 remarkable keynote presentations on big ideas from every subject area, brain research, digital literacy, inclusion, and more.
  • Your choice from hundreds of sessions offered in a variety of formats, including lectures and hands-on learning opportunities presented at Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Vancouver, Telus World of Science, and Stanley Park Ecology Society.
  • Access to a massive Exhibitors Hall featuring the latest educational products and services.
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with nearly 6,000 BC educators and education.
  • Optional one-year membership to the PSA of your choice (additional charge).

Master of Museum Education Information Session

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Online

The Master of Museum Education (MED5) program starting September 2018 (application deadline is March 2018) is having  an online information session on Thursday, September 28, 4pm-5:30pm (PDT).
The MED5 is a part-time, blended cohort graduate program open to domestic and international students – it is delivered 90% online.  Focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in museums and other informal learning context, the programs draws together museum professionals and educators, and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.
If you are interested in the MED5 program and would like to learn more, please RSVP to the online info session, which will be held using the BlueJeans conferencing system.

9th World Environmental Education Congress

Start date: September 9, 2017

End date: September 15, 2017

Location: Vancouver, BC


9th World Environmental Education Congress

World Environmental Education Congress – WEEC – is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. WEEC 2017 is the 9th congress and will take place September 9-15, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The congress is an international meeting point for everyone working with education for environment and sustainable development or which have an interest in the field. WEEC 2017 is as such an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others. We are expecting participants from a wide range of countries. Are you maybe a researcher, educator, student, decision-maker, NGO or media working with or having an interest in education for environment and sustainable development, or are you just curious? Welcome!

The congress will discuss the role and importance of education for environment and sustainability at all levels; both in higher education and for lower ages.


Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Stanley Park Ecology Society and Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, BC

Join EEPSA at their Annual General Meeting just before the Walking the Talk Connecting Classrooms to Communities event.

All members and potential members are welcome. This will be an opportunity to learn more about EEPSA, and to consider joining the board.

Connecting Classrooms to Communities – 9th Annual Success Sharing Network Event

Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Stanley Park Ecology Society and Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, BC

Join K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, community partners, collaborators and champions for change at this regional network event:

  • Be inspired by and connect with champions for environment and sustainability education in British Columbia
  • Celebrate and exchange place-based education success stories
  • Look ahead to 2017-2018 for new ideas, curriculum opportunities and professional development events

Enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages

Please register because space is limited.

2017 Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

Date: May 2, 2017

Eight of our School District 6 (Rocky Mountain) educators have just returned from the 2017 Leadership Clinic, and are renewed with energy and momentum. Our team was made up of three educators from the Kimberley zone (Dan Clark, Laurie Neeve, and Natasha Burgess), three from the Windermere zone (Tara Whittick, Hannah Garvie-Ransen, and Alyssan Gauthier), and two from the Golden zone (Sandra Beckett and Caren Nagao). The Leadership Clinic never seems to disappoint, and our team felt so empowered by our planning and networking time. This conference truly does ‘walk the talk’! Our Local Chapter of EEPSA, which can now be identified by the title, Rocky Mountain Place-Based Learning Network,wanted to express our gratitude for the support provided by EEPSA. The teachers who attended this clinic commented numerous times on the value of connecting and collaborating in such a beautiful space. Having the gift of time and space to explore ideas about where we want to go was so incredibly valuable, and there were many comments about how wonderful it is to have a group of like-minded educators to share ideas with. For a slideshow of photos from the 2017-18 Leadership Clinic, please use this link: Our team has come away with ideas about a number of amazing professional development opportunities for the 2017-18 school year, so keep an eye out for messages from the Rocky Mountain Place-Based Learning Network!

EEPSA/CBEEN Leadership Clinic

Start date: April 29, 2017

End date: May 2, 2017

Location: Nipika Mountain Resort

The 2017 Leadership Clinic will help to facilitate the development of a Local Chapter of the Environmental Educator’s Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) in each school district in the Columbia Basin. A Local Chapter is a teacher-driven organization that helps local teachers come together to collaborate, engage in professional development and influence curriculum.


  • CBEEN and EEPSA will co-host a Leadership Clinic from Saturday, April 29 – Tuesday, May 2 at Nipika Mountain Resort– a beautiful eco-resort adjacent to Kootenay National Park.
  • All K-12 teachers from the Columbia Basin region (School Districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 19, 20, & 51) are invited to apply.
  • The application period will close on February 15, 2017.
  • FREE registration for successful applicants – only cost is for CBEEN & EEPSA annual membership ($55 total)
  • All food, accommodation and learning supplies will be covered.
  • EESPA and CBEEN are looking to provide coverage for teacher release time (2 days).
  • Participants will be responsible for getting to and from the Leadership Clinic. Carpooling is encouraged we will provide a contact list of participants so that costs can be shared and carbon emissions are reduced.
  • A team of teachers from each school district will be selected to attend. Participants will be selected based on their background in environmental education and engagement in professional development in the school district. We will also consider school district size, geographic distribution of applicants, and representation of a variety of class levels and subjects.
  • We will notify all applicants by February 24, 2017.


What is involved in developing an EEPSA Local Chapter?

  • An EEPSA Local Chapter is a local, teacher-led organization that helps teachers come together to collaborate, engage in professional development and influence curriculum.
  • Each chapter needs a president to set the agenda and chair the meetings, a secretary to compile minutes and send them to our secretary and a treasurer to submit your expenses for reimbursement.
  • You can invite administrators and community educators to be involved, but it should be led by BCTF members.  Local Chapters and PSAs exist under the auspices of the BCTF.


Curriculum & Instruction: Nature-based and Place-conscious Practices M.Ed. – Fall 2017

Date: April 28, 2017

Location: SFU

Enhance your professional capacities to meaningfully integrate nature-based and place-conscious learning within your educational practice, through a community-oriented, experiential and inquiry-based approach in our Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. Explore philosophical underpinnings and develop ongoing relationships with specific places and communities as a foundation for your personal and professional practices.

Become immersed in local ways of knowing and being in the world through holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, as well as relational practices as you study in various locations within the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District and other locations within the Lower Mainland.

Call for Handbook COMPANION submissions

Date: April 28, 2017

ChildhoodNature is a term that researchers have developed that helps us to remember that children, and all people, are part of the natural world. Children and young people like you understand that the natural world, including plants and animals, is very important for many reasons and you have many ideas about how to share our planet with other living things. We hope that your submissions in The ChildhoodNature Companion can help all of us, including adults, learn from children and young people about how to build and sustain lasting relationships with animals, plants, and other living things in our homes, backyards, neighborhoods, parks, oceans, and in many other wild and not-so-wild places.

What kinds of submissions are we looking for? We are looking for anything and everything that you, as children, teenagers, and young people (ages 0-25), might contribute that draws on your ideas about nature, your experiences with animals, or your thoughts about environmental issues. We will accept essays, poetry, short stories, photographs, photo-essays, opinion pieces, drawings, paintings, and potentially even video submissions. Once we have collected enough submissions we will decide which pieces to include and work with the authors and artists to edit their work if necessary for the final book. Anyone wishing to submit a piece must register their details at the (protected) website listed below, indicating their intention to submit, the kind of work, and any association with adult researchers:

BC Teacher Magazine Environment Issue

Date: March 1, 2017

Thanks to all of the amazing EEPSA leaders who contributed their wise words and beautiful images to the most recent issue of Teacher magazine.  Your innovative practice shines a light for us all.

New Teacher’s Conference

Start date: February 24, 2017

End date: February 25, 2017

Location: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond

BCTF Conference for New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers. EEPSA will be presenting a workshop and have an information table.

New Teachers Conference

Start date: February 24, 2017

End date: February 25, 2017

EEPSA represents at the New Teachers Conference on February 24-25, 2017 in Richmond! We enjoyed our conversations with new colleagues about place-based learning and the renewed curriculum.

New Teachers Conference March 2017

The Power of Positive, Inspiring Solutions Webinar

Date: February 20, 2017

Time: 4:30-5:30

The Power of Positive, Inspiring Solutions webinar will showcase the power of positive, inspiring solutions to the worries that are causing so many young people to lose hope, including the climate crisis and wider ecological crisis. It will show how, using a positive three-step approach, you can turn worry into hope, and then into action. Webinar presenter Guy Dauncey is a futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Call for Judges! BC Green Games

Date: February 20, 2017

Get involved in the ninth year of Science World’s BC Green Games, a province-wide competition designed to motivate action, enable sharing and celebrate the green efforts of BC schools. We are currently recruiting a team of judges to review submissions and select 5 elementary and 5 secondary team projects, awarding each winning school $1000 to continue their green initiatives!


Over the past eight years our competition has attracted over 800 projects from over 40 school districts across British Columbia covering topics such as schoolyard greening, energy conservation, recycling & composting and community stewardship. Get inspired by last year’s entries – check out the project gallery at


BC Green Games timeline:

  • Action Plan Registration: October 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017
  • Project Submission: January 15 to March 1, 2017
  • Judging: March 2 to 16, 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: April 4, 2017


Your energy and expertise is needed to view and judge approximately 10 assigned projects, from your home or work, using our teacher-tested evaluation rubric. All confirmed judges will receive a detailed judging package including sample projects and will be invited to a training workshop (either in-person or online). Your volunteer commitment will be approximately five hours and must take place between March 2 and March 16, 2017 at your discretion.


Get inspired and support our students’ green initiatives by volunteering as a judge! Send your confirmation to by February 20, 2017, with your contact information and reason for interest. If you have connections to other passionate environmental educators or professional colleagues please forward this invitation.

Place-based Education Webinar

Date: February 1, 2017

Time: 4:30-5:30

Place-based Education Webinar

This Place-based Education webinar will showcase examples and discussion about what constitutes excellent place-based curriculum and student work and how these authentic products inspire deep learning. Webinar presenter Amy Demarest is the author of the book Place-based Curriculum Design (Routledge, 2015). She is a former middle-school teacher who now works with formal and non-formal educators in a variety of settings. Most of the graduate courses she has taught have been on standards-based curriculum design but recently she has been able to focus solely on place-based design work.