THE PATHWAY PROJECT VIDEO SERIES
Want to learn more about the Pathway Project? This collection will help you get started with outdoor learning, whether you’re a teacher, parent or anyone else who works with kids. The introductory videos are followed by a featured guest introducing each of our 30 Landmarks, with expert tips on guiding young people through each and every Landmark activity as they learn and grow.
GETTING STARTED VIDEO SERIES
Nature Nancy and Kim Dobson, Pathway Outdoor Activity Consultants, share tips and tricks for educators on avoiding hazards and feeling preparing for the outdoor classroom.
Join TRACKS Program Co-ordinator and Pathway Consultant, Kelly King, and TRACKS colleague, Kristin Muskratt, as they explore ‘Indigenous Insights for Outdoor Learning’ including discussions on land acknowledgment and respect.
Nervous about transitioning learning from inside the classroom to the great outdoors? You’re not alone. Nature Nancy is here to help educators get students outdoors as well as provide some tips and tricks to make the transition fun and easy.
START DISCOVERING LANDMARKS WITH US
LANDMARK 1 (ages 0-3)
Join Registered Early Childhood Educator, Kerri Riel, and find ways to start Landmark 1 – explore outdoors together once a week.
LANDMARK 2 (ages 0-3)
Explore Camp Kawartha’s Environment Centre with manager, Craig Brant, as he uncovers animals friends for Landmark 2.
LANDMARK 3 (ages 0-3)
Fleming College Educator, Mary Lou Lummiss, takes us on an exploration of her garden for Landmark 3 – exercise the senses everyday.
LANDMARK 4 (ages 4-5)
Kristin Muskratt, TRACKS Oshkwazin Co-ordinator, discusses the importance developing a relationship with a favourite outdoor place as part of Landmark 4.
LANDMARK 5 (ages 4-5)
Pathway Co-ordinator, Cathy Dueck, takes us to her backyard to explore Landmark 5 – help to plant or harvest a garden and/or look after an animal. How many animals can you spot in this video?
LANDMARK 6 (ages 4-5)
Early Childhood Educator, Kerri Riel, is back to help with more great ideas to start Landmark 6 – play in nature for a full hour at least twice a week.
LANDMARK 7 (ages 4-5)
A collection of videos exploring the many elements of Landmark 7 – share a nature-based book, song, nature poem or game each week. Children’s Service Librarian, Kate Jarrett, showcases some wonderful rhyming games, songs and books to help you start this Landmark. Don’t forget to gather round for her reading of Plant the Tiny Seed.
LANDMARK 8 (ages 4-5)
Meet Rowan Tree Early Childhood Educator, Jessica Lindeman, as she showcases four amazing nature crafts including nature clay tiles, nature leaf kites, magic herb pouches and corn husk dolls as part of Landmark 8 – create at least one nature art project every week.
LANDMARK 9 (ages 6-7)
Finding a special place in nature helps deepen relationships and develops a sense of place. Join Executive Director, Jacob Rodenburg, as he explores Landmark 9 on the grounds of Camp Kawartha. He shares some interactive games to help you discover what’s special about your outdoor place and how you can watch it change over time.
LANDMARK 10 (ages 6-7)
Landmark 10 helps reinforce and expand a developing sense of empathy. Join Jillian Bishop, Community Food Cultivator for the Nourish Project, as she gives a tour of her greenhouse and provides amazing tips on how you can start to plant, tend and harvest a small garden in any season. What will you plant first?
Landmark 11 (age 6-7)
Join Retired Primary Teacher, Kathy MacMillan-Jones, as she explores Landmark 11 – Celebrate Each Season in a Year. Celebrating seasonal change helps connect us to the world around us. Kathy shares three structural ways you can help deepen this awareness early on, particularly with children in Grades 1 and 2, who have a growing sense of time.
What does Drew Monkman have in his backyard? Find out as he explores Landmark 12 – Meet the Friends in your Neighbourhood. This Landmark helps children recognize that our community consists of other living things as well as people. Can you complete the challenge at the end of this video?
Landmark 13 (age 8-9)
Jaime Akiyama, from GreenUp and Active School Travel PTBO, helps explore Landmark 13 – Travel a Familiar Route. This Landmark encourages families to empower children by learning how to travel a familiar route, alone or with a friend, at least twice a week. This can include walking, riding your bike, or traveling on public transit.
Landmark 14 (age 8-9)
Scott Murison, co-pilot of Wild Rock Outfitters Inc. shares Landmark 14 – try at least five different kinds of outdoor recreation that don’t require gasoline or electricity. This Landmark supports physical health, mental health, and the environment. Can you take on the challenge?
Landmark 15 ( age 8-9)
Environmental educator, Sheila Potter, takes you on a journey through her meadow encouraging learning through exploration for Landmark 15. This Landmark encourages exploration by growing a garden, setting up a birdfeeder, catching insects, going fishing, and getting to know a habitat.
Landmark 16 ( age 10-11)
Craig Brant explores different forms of renewable energy at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre for Landmark 16. Every living thing needs energy (including you). For Landmark 16, visit a place that uses 3 different kinds of renewable energy and investigate how it operates. Understand the essential role of energy in our lives.
Landmark 17 (age 10-11)
Métis Botanical Knowledge Keeper, Matt Levac, explores Landmark 17 – Three new outdoor activities that don’t require fossil fuels including a sport, a craft, and a survival skill. This Landmark helps develop outdoor skills to overcome fears and develop a sense of confidence, identity, and the history of the land and its people.
Landmark 18 (age 10-11)
Meredith Carter and Jessie James from Otonabee Conservation explore Jackson Park in Peterborough to show how you can find inspiration in natural areas, document and share your experiences with others to encourage people to visit and appreciate it. Expand on Landmark 18 by exploring the human impacts on the environment through planning and implementing a community project that promotes natural spaces.
Landmark 19 (age 10-11)
Explore biodiversity with Pathway Coordinator, Cathy Dueck, who takes you on a journey through the forest to discover wildflowers, tree variations, and the animal species that make up this habitat.
Landmark 20 (age 12-13)
Karen O’Krafka from GreenUp explains the benefits of Landmark 20. Expand leadership and decision-making skills through planning and conducting projects to benefit the community. Develop a sense of hope, agency and empowerment through collective action.
Landmark 21 (age 12-13)
Bhisham Ramoutar from the New Canadians Centre takes you on a journey to meet other cultures for Landmark 21. This Landmark challenges Pathway Explorers to learn about at least two other cultures by meeting and talking with someone whose culture is different from theirs. Explore relationships and interconnections between human communities.
Landmark 22 (age 12-13)
Paul Elliott gives Pathway Explorers an array of local and national community projects where youth can become a “Citizen Scientist” by participating and monitoring the health of wildlife species. Exploring tools for monitoring ecosystem health to deepen understanding of human/environmental interactions and potential solutions.
Landmark 23 (age 12-13)
Stephen Collette gives our Pathway Explorers helpful tips to design a healthy home and create healthier living spaces for Landmark 23. From efficient heating and cooling solutions to everyday changes to make your bedroom more eco-friendly, you can make big and small changes to benefit your family’s environmental health.
Landmark 24 (age 14-15)
Landmark 24 – Calculate Your Ecological Footprint – helps deepen your understanding of how modern lifestyles affect the environment. Cam Douglas is your guide as he encourages youth to sharpen their leadership skills and take meaningful action to find solutions to environmental issues. It all begins by exploring our own impact on the world around us.
Landmark 25 (age 14-15)
KPR Secondary Teacher, David Kubica, helps explore Landmark 25 which focuses on developing at least three outdoor skills that are new to you. Develop identity, expand skill, confidence and responsibility through outdoor recreation, creativity and survival skills.
Landmark 26 (age 14-15)
Explore Landmark 26 with James Brake, Superintendent of Education, who encourages youth to volunteer in their community in at least three different ways. Exploring and responding to local social and environmental issues can expand abilities for social analysis, understanding and empathy – benefitting both the student and the community!
Landmark 27 (age 16-17)
The Happy Camper, Kevin Callan, explores Landmark 27 – Go on a Wilderness Trip for at least 3-5 days. Options for travel include: canoe, bicycle, skis, hiking, snowshoeing or any other self-propelled mode of travel. Advanced outdoor experiences (including planning, leading and evaluating) are important in building leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork and decision-making skills.
Landmark 28 (age 16-17)
Looking to learn how to get involved with rehabilitating something damaged? You can focus on animals, waterways, or natural areas for Landmark 28. Lisa Browning shares her journey to help save turtles with a tour of the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Young adults can expand a sense of collective responsibility by identifying and seeking solutions to local environmental issues.
Landmark 29 (age 16-17)
Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director of the Kawartha World Issues Centre, discusses the opportunities to explore a local social justice issue and develop a plan to raise public awareness or motivate public involvement in the region. Experiential learning, hands-on and in the community, is an effective way to promote leadership, confidence, empowerment and agency. Working with peers helps to harness energy and motivation.
Landmark 30 (age 16-17)
KPR Consultant, Jennifer Bingham helps decipher Landmark 30 – Describe Your Ecological Self. Pathway Explorers are invited to consider the many ways they are connected to the world around them through a creative medium of their choice. Explore and develop bio-centric (rather than human-centred) views of the world.