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About Jacob Rodenburg
Camp Kawartha & The Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. He recently received recognition from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication as an Outstanding Educator and the Stony Lake Environmental Award for his work in promoting environmental education in the region. In 2010, Jacob received the Award for Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, offered annually to one or more persons who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Environmental Education for at least five years. In 2007, he was awarded the Richards Education Award for excellence in Natural History Education from Ontario Nature. He teaches at Trent University in environmental education. Jacob graduated from Trent University with a joint major in environmental studies and geography. He holds a teacher’s certificate and a Master’s in Education. He has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment. Recently Jacob co-authored “The Big Book of Nature Activities” which won a gold medal from the Green Book Festival, a double gold from Nautilus Book Awards, a silver medal from Moonbeam Children’s Award and was a finalist for the Indie (Independent) Book Awards. Jacob conceived and spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University called the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre. This unique facility teaches children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation. Jacob is also working with stakeholders throughout the region to create an environmental framework for children of all ages. Called the Pathway to Stewardship & Kinship, this approach to environmental education helps provide children with the experiences they need in order to become future stewards. Jacob also helped to establish the Peterborough/Kawartha area as a designated UNESCO Regional Centre of Expertise in environment and sustainability education.
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“A wealth of ideas for adults to engage children and themselves in the wonders of the natural world with suggested activities for all seasons.”―Robert Bateman, artist and author of Life Sketches: A Memoir
The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate, and connect with the natural world. This rich, fully illustrated compendium is packed with crafts, stories, information, and inspiration to make outdoor learning fun!
The Big Book of Nature Activities features:
· Nature-based skills and activities such as species identification, photography, journaling, and the judicious use of digital technology
· Ideas, games, and activities grounded in what’s happening in nature each season
· Core concepts that promote environmental literacy, such as climate change and the mechanisms and wonder of evolution, explained using a child-friendly, engaging approach
· Lists of key species and happenings to observe throughout the year across most of North America
Unplug from technology and "plug in" to nature through the wonder of your senses.
The Book of Nature Connection is packed with fun activities for using all our senses to engage with nature in a deep and nourishing way.
From "extenda-ears" and acorn whistles to bird calls, camouflage games, and scent scavenger hunts, enjoy over 70 diverse, engaging, sensory activities for all ages that promote mindfulness and nature connection.
With activities grouped by the main senses – hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste – plus sensory walks and group games, The Book of Nature Connection is both a powerful learning tool kit and the cure for sensory anesthesia brought on by screen time and lives lived indoors.
Whisper in birds, be dazzled by nature's kaleidoscope of colors, taste the freshness of each season, learn to savor the scented world of evergreens, hug a tree and feel the bark against your cheek. Spending time in nature with all senses tuned and primed helps us feel like we belong to the natural world – and in belonging, we come to feel more connected, nourished, and alive.
Ideal for educators, camp and youth leaders, caregivers and parents, and anyone looking to reconnect and become a nature sommelier!