“It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect NATURE’S sacred elements that gives life to all living things…air, water, soil and biodiversity.”
- David Suzuki
Our very survival depends on our ability to connect with nature. Experiencing nature will produce a new wisdom and vision about NATURE so we can love, nurture, conserve, restore and revive it. On this adventure, Rob Taylor, our gentle and engaging facilitator, will help nature speak to you through a series of activities including Earth walk, Earth talk, solitude time, journal writing, an introduction to earth mystics, and puzzles of nature (cycles of life). You will enjoy a delicious litterless lunch.
ROB TAYLOR (B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed)
As I look back on my life and my teaching career of 30 plus years, I have been blessed! I had a passion for teaching with science, guidance, physical education and as well, outdoor education at the Peel Field Study Centres for 19 years. I ended my career with developing and delivering a four-credit environmental program for grade 11-12 students for 8 years. These teenagers were with me for full days during the entire semester. Experiences in the Haliburton Highlands and Algonquin Park were unique to these city students – canoe tripping, camping, dog sledding, falling in love with nature, leadership opportunities, meal planning: purchasing, packaging and preparing, and team building. Community and school yard (courtyard) projects like creating a pond system, stream enhancements and butterfly habitat gardens were just a few of the many projects that this Earth Treasurer’s program offered. Even after 20 years, many students are still connected with each other and with me.
For my time spent in outdoor education with the Peel Board I was privileged to have taught grades Kindergarten to 12. During this tenure some of my experiences included:
- Writing a grade 5 curriculum document (Junior Ecologist) for the Peel Board
- Offering workshops to teachers e.g., how to teach in the outdoor classroom & schoolyard
- Co-chairing a major environmental conference (Earth Whispers) for 600 people
- Program Co-ordinator for the campcraft portion of the Peel teachers canoe/campcraft certification course
- Camp Director for the Peel summer camp
Community involvement with my three children offered special moments in coaching them soccer, hockey, rienteering and cross country skiing (Jack Rabbit Club). Canoe tripping and camping were truly valued as a family. As well, many weekends, special holidays and summers were spent at our cottage in the Highlands. After I retired for teaching my wife and I spent 7 years running the Solomon Knetchel House Bed & Breakfast (1897). Meeting so many people…it was truly about relationships.
Having spent so much time in the Haliburton Highlands with my family and students, we decided to live in this area that offers so much when it comes to NATURE, adventure, peace, simplicity and incredible forest and water cosystems. You naturally fall in love with it!
Even after all these years, I still have a passion for the outdoors – NATURE! Teaching people of all ages in building a sense of relationship in both feelings (Heart) and understandings (Head) with the natural world so we can begin to live more lightly and be part of improving the planet (Hands) has now become my mission in life.
$85/adult, $45/child (10 yrs +) Based on a minimum of 6 people. Private and semi-private rates are available. Rates includes 6 hours of facilitated activities, dynamic facilitator, vegetarian lunch, reusable lunch bag and a journal.
Yours Outdoors is committed to providing great experiences. knowledgeable guides, excellent customer services and careful administration that ensures packages deliver value above expectations. Yours Outdoors accepts cash, cheques, e-transfer. Paypal and online credit card payments via Paypal(Visa, MC, American Express). Rates are subject to HST
Please bring your own ‘litterless lunch’ which you can enjoy in NATURES solitudes.