The Results Are In
Pathway Parent and Educator Surveys
January 23, 2019 – Three cheers to all the teachers, parents and students who completed surveys for the Pathway pilot sites. What a lot of great information you provided! We received 684 surveys that help us learn what’s important to you and the challenges in your life. We were impressed by the thought and effort shown by the responses.
Each age group had its own survey, ranging from preschool to grade eight. We wanted to know how many of the Pathway “Landmarks” are already part of your lives, how familiar you are with our local community, and what barriers you face in including more outdoor time in your lives. We’re still compiling and assessing this wonderful wealth of information, but here are a few tidbits to share, based on responses from the primary grades:
- Parents shared lots of great ideas for outdoor activities for each season; teachers find a much bigger challenge in getting outdoors with their classes, with fewer ideas for larger groups of children.
- For parents, the biggest barrier to getting outside is lack of time; for teachers, it’s lack of resources, ideas for outdoor activities, and support.
- Parents indicated relatively low worries about safety when their families are outdoors; teachers are very worried about safety issues (liability concerns are huge).
- Teachers love to use natural areas in their schoolyards, if they’re available. They find it difficult to take classes off the school property.
- Families love to spend time in familiar places, especially family cottages, farms or their own backyards. They also love local parks, especially if they’re easy to get to.
- Most-mentioned favourite public places include Riverview Park and Zoo, Jackson Park, Millbrook Trails, Rogers Cove and Peterborough’s trail system.
- Teachers and parents want IDEAS for outdoor games, nature art, crafts and songs.
- The majority of teachers and parents said that their interest in the outdoors was greater than their knowledge – many felt they didn’t know much about nature.
- Most teachers and parents said that their students/kids were very interested in the natural world.
- Teachers and parents who completed our surveys all agreed that physical activity, outdoor play, and play in nature are very important for children.
Based on these preliminary responses, you’ll find some ideas for nature games, crafts and other activities on this website.