Remembering Jerry Brunen

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This past Tuesday, June 4, our province lost a leader in conservation and education with the passing of Jerry Brunen. For us at Inside Education, we lost a Board member of nearly 15 years, a mentor and a great friend. Each spring, Inside Education embarks in a comprehensive education program that sees us visiting thousands of students across Alberta providing hands on, interactive and experiential wetlands education. These programs exist because of Jerry Brunen. Jerry's expertise, leadership and passion about conservation education was unmatched in our province. We will miss Jerry's insightful contributions to our Board of Directors, his tireless...
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#HumboldtStrong

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As a parent, a teacher, a one-time bench-warmer (and bus rider) in high school, like most Canadians, I am gutted by the terrible tragedy of this past weekend. It hits especially close to home, too, as over my 25 years at Inside Education we have spent countless hours and many kilometres on buses to remote areas of our province. Every day in the spring and fall, we happily board a school bus and welcome a precious cargo of students and teachers who travel to one of our field trip sites. The excitement of getting ready to start the day can...
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#12DaysofNavigate

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The Inside Education team thought a fun way to get into the festive spirit would be with #12DaysofNavigate – a fun way to let you know our top 12 reasons you don’t want to miss out on this award-winning education summit in Canmore, Alberta! Follow along as we recap: 3-day all expenses paid learning experience about water in Alberta’s headwaters Receive personal mentorship from professionals, Inside Education staff and other teams to ensure the success of your environmental project Hear Natalie Panek’s inspiring story on being an explorer and a rocket scientist. (We’re stoked on this!) Learn about how climate…

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A PD Thank You Letter

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Dear Steve and colleagues, What an amazing experience you provided July 2017. The value of this exceptional PD will benefit many classes I teach in the future with perhaps a more confident balance in teaching perspective. Though I had previous forest knowledge living in Hinton and having many friends and school field trips with my own children in the area, this time I really was able to pull some corners together that helped me see a more balanced picture. It is so easy to arrive at conclusions with bits and pieces of knowledge and we have a responsibility to present…

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Jim Martin, Inside Education Founder, In Memoriam

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, mentor and founder Jim Martin. Jim passed away Friday, July 22 after a painfully sudden, but mercifully brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, and our friend and colleague Karin Hedetniemi. He is additionally survived by all of us who were touched by his vision, dedication and commitment to education about our environment and how humans interact in and with the natural world. Words cannot express how much Jim Martin meant to not only a generation of students and teachers across Alberta, Canada and around…

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Cultivating new connections

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From Steve McIsaac, Executive Director of Inside Education I’ll let you in on a little secret. Yes, we are an award-winning natural resources and environmental education society. Yes, we are still celebrating our 30th Anniversary (30 and holding?). Yes, we have impacted the environmental and natural resources learning of a full generation of Alberta students. But we don’t know everything. In each one of our program theme areas – forest education, climate change education, energy education, wetlands, on and on – we learn with and from experts. We stand alongside our fellow teachers and investigate the science, technology, challenges, opportunities…

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Stewardship in Action

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We are thrilled to share an update that Kathryn, our Program Director, received from STAR EcoWorks after they travelled to Tanzania to make a special delivery of a solar lantern made during an Inside Education solar lantern workshop. These hands-on interactive workshops allow students to work in small groups, building solar lantern kits as they evaluate sources of energy and investigate electrical technologies.  You can learn more about our solar lantern workshops (and request one today!) by visiting the school programs section of our website. Hello Kathryn, I hope all is well at Inside Education. I’ve just returned from Tanzania where I had the pleasure of donating one of…

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Inside an #InsidePD Program!

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Get the inside scoop on what our teachers experience on our professional development tours, straight from the source! Careers educator, Vanessa Lewis, recently joined us on our Western Canada Oil Sands Careers Education program and wrote about her experience on the tour. Greetings! This was an incredible learning opportunity from my perspective as a Career Development Consultant for the Sun West School Division in Saskatchewan. Heading into this experience, I had some preconceived notions and ideas as to what the oil sands were all about.  During the tour and through interactions with industry professionals, I learned much about occupations within…

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Catching Up With The Institute Man

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As you may know, this year Inside Education celebrates our 30th anniversary; and Bruce Wilson has been with us almost the whole way. Around here, we call him the Institute Man. A teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for 37 years, he’s experienced quite a bit with us over the years and was kind enough to share some memories of his time spent with Inside Education. After a long career of teaching, what’s the one thing you’re going to miss the most? The one thing I will miss the most is the smiling, cheery faces of my students as…

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Summer Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

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Summer is here! We want to wish teachers, students and their families a wonderful vacation or staycation, full of opportunities to discover the natural resources in Alberta’s big backyard. Even better, we have an experiential learning challenge for you! Alberta’s Natural Resource – Summer Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Electricity Generation From the wind turbines in Pincher Creek > to the solar concentrator in Medicine Hat > to the wood waste biomass facility in Whitecourt … Can you visit a place were electricity is being generated from renewable resources?   For more on how the sun, wind, water and trees can…

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