Past Events

The Future is Now

Date: May 13, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: McKim Middle School Theatre, Kimberly BC
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Bob McDonald, the esteemed author, science journalist, CBC Radio Host and renowned environmental advocate, is our keynote speaker for this momentous occasion. The evening session, open to the general public, aims to educate the public about sustainable practices and inspire action within our community.
The event will showcase youth sharing their activities and ideas on why we need innovation, action and hope for a bright future. It also features an innovation fair showcasing local initiatives by organizations, businesses and industry.
This event is a collaboration between several organizations including Mount Baker Secondary School, Selkirk Secondary School, City of Kimberley, and Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce, to raise awareness and foster dialogue on local initiatives and innovations working towards a resiliant and sustainable future.

BCTF New Teachers’ Conference

Date: May 13, 2024
All-day event
Location: Nelson, BC- Prestige Lakeside Resort
New Teachers Conference

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) will be hosting two New Teachers’ Conferences this year. One regional conference in Nelson and one Metro conference in Vancouver. The conferences are designed specifically for teachers and teachers teaching on call in their first five (5) years of teaching, as well as teacher candidates.

Outdoor Learning Conference

May 9, 2024 - May 11, 2024
All-day event
Location: Banff, Alberta
Outdoor Learning Conference

The overarching theme for the 2024 Outdoor Learning Conference is “Place and Pedagogy: Where Learning Happens”. This year’s Conference will continue to focus on Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Health and Wellbeing and Environmental and Climate Change Education.

Anxiety, Agency and Action in the Face of Climate Uncertainty

Date: April 26, 2024
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Location: In Person and Online
BCTF Spring Fling

New Teachers’ Conference

Date: February 24, 2024
All-day event
Location: Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel
BCTF New Teachers’ Conference

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) will be hosting two New Teachers’ Conferences this year. One regional conference in Nelson and one Metro conference in Vancouver. The conferences are designed specifically for teachers and teachers teaching on call in their first five (5) years of teaching, as well as teacher candidates.

Changemakers in Action: Climate Across the Curriculum

Date: February 16, 2024
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Belmont Secondary School

Calling all changemakers!

Whatever subject, grade, or course you teach, the climate emergency is connected. The Salish Sea Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (SSEEPSA) is hosting a full day conference as part of this year’s Tapestry event. Join us for the full day!

Climate Education in Teacher Education 

Date: January 29, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Online

Aims and Mean to Lesson Planning, using the BC curriculum to create lesson plans for teaching climate action.

For teaching resources from our partners as well as access to prior workshops, please see our website, under the ‘Resources for Climate Education’ section:

Building Capacity for Outdoor Learning: Introducing a Digital Tool for Success

Date: November 14, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: FREE online webinar
Outdoor Learning

With Outdoor Learning Experts Mariana Brussoni & Megan Zeni

Join Mariana and Megan as they share the ‘BE OUT’ digital tool. BE OUT is a new tool for elementary (K-7) school teachers and includes exemplars of outdoor learning from a diversity of teachers organized in a digital format.

The tool is designed with very short (90 second) modules and targets teachers new to teaching outdoors with support in four key areas: understanding risky play in the school context; getting started teaching outdoors; teaching with an emergent curriculum; and assessment of learning. 

C2C Annual Gathering

Date: October 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Truth & Reconcili-action: Decolonizing Education Praxis

Date: October 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 5959 Student Union Blvd. University of British Columbia
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Hands on Praxis: Working with materials

Outdoor Learning through Patterns in Nature

Date: October 3, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Fall Workshop 2023 – Oct 3

Join Janice and Megan to learn about some fantastic resources for educating, engaging, and empowering students around patterns in nature – connecting to math, numeracy and other curricula.

Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors

Date: September 26, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Rachel will share tips, tricks, and strategies from Wild Learning: Practical Ideas for Bringing Teaching Outdoors. This book gives teachers practical activities they can immediately implement and helps educators overcome common barriers to outdoor instruction. These activities can be done in common outdoor spaces accessible to teachers in all school settings, and they are adaptable to their current curriculum—not an extra thing to try to fit into their day.

Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors

Date: September 19, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Farm to School 2023 Conference

May 17, 2023 - May 19, 2023
All-day event
Location: University of British Columbia

2023 Outdoor Learning Conference

May 4, 2023 - May 6, 2023
All-day event
Location: Banff, Alberta

Metro Vancouver EEPSA Leadership Clinic

April 14, 2023 - April 15, 2023
All-day event
Location: Camp Capilano, North Vancouver

EEPSA Leadership Retreat at Nipika Mountain Resort

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023
All-day event

40 educational leaders form across the Columbia Basin and around British Columbia will come together for the Environmental Education Leadership clinic.

This leadership clinic provided representatives from 8 local chapters of EEPSA with the opportunity to come together to connect, collaborate, and plan for ways they can support outdoor and environmental learning in their region. These local chapters are supported at the Leadership clinic by non-profit organizations such CBEEN, KBEE, Wildsight, Take Me Outside, Classrooms to Communities, and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Thanks so much to all of our Local Chapter leaders for the hard work they do across the province to build EEPSA’s capacity.

EEPSA Fall Conference: Reconnecting ourselves with landscapes, waterways, and each other!

October 21, 2022 - October 22, 2022
All-day event
Location: Revelstoke, BC

Join educators, change makers and community partners from across B.C. for this 2-day, in-person conference as we reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the landscapes and waterways that nourish us. Find balance among the mountains and valleys of the Revelstoke area as we learn and celebrate together.

Participants will…

  • Reconnect with inspiring colleagues, friends and community leaders
  • Explore transformative approaches to place and land-based learning
  • Engage in community-connected field experiences around the region
  • Eat, drink, dance and rejuvenate in the mountain air

Program Highlights:

Friday, October 21, Revelstoke Mountain Resort

  • Welcome & Plenary Gathering
  • Engaging Workshops & Networking Sessions
  • C2C Exhibitor Fair & Afternoon Social

Saturday, October 22, Revelstoke Mountain Resort & Area

  • Inspiring Field Experiences around the Region
  • Evening Celebration with Dinner & Live Music

September 23, 2022

Gibsons, BC

Unite, SEED 36, REED 38, B.Outside, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, and Langley are partnering to host a leadership clinic for local chapters within the metro Vancouver region! This is an opportunity for local groups to meet, collaborate and share resources to promote outdoor, place conscious and environmental learning in metro Vancouver school districts. Contact Elsa Medina for more information. mailto:[email protected]

Classrooms to Communities Summer Solstice Event

Date: June 23, 2022
Time: 5:00 am - 8:00 am
Location: Science World, Seawall and Mahoney's Pub

Join teachers, community educators and other leaders on False Creek in Vancouver to share successful practices and celebrate our work that connects learners with place, the land and the community.


5:00      Meet outside Science World in Vancouver for a walk & talk along False Creek with local teacher leader, Cara Laudon and colleagues

6:00      Celebrate our shared work and network on an outdoor patio at Mahoney’s Pub (False Creek), with complimentary beverage and appetizers

Featured Success Story:

False Creek Student-Led Bioblitz

The False Creek Family of Schools (Shwa’kwa-set/Crosstown, Elsie Roy, Lord Roberts and False Creek Elementary) are initiating the 1st annual student-led Bioblitz of False Creek this spring in collaboration with community partners. Join us to learn more about how students can help highlight and celebrate biodiversity in the local environment.

Join us to…

·      Learn about innovative programs and resources across B.C.

·       Share ideas, inspiration and engaging strategies for teaching and learning linked to local places, the land and community

·       Network and explore opportunities for collaboration and mentorship in your region

·       Enjoy a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres

Environmental Educators Professional Specialists Association

EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education supported by the BCTF.