Nature Kindergarten: deepening connections with place

August 13, 2014
Jean Macgregor
Children’s outdoor learning explored at this year’s Robert Bateman Lecture

“Since water moves, and water holds you, is water alive?”

That’s the kind of question children explore in Sangster Elementary School’s Nature Kindergarten program hosted on the grounds and in the forests of Royal Roads.

At this year’s Robert Bateman Lecture hosted last week in the Centre for Dialogue, Dr. Enid Elliot discussed how active engagement and immersion outdoors allows children to connect deeply with nature through play and experience traditional ways of knowing.

Elliot is one of the founders of the nature kindergarten movement in Canada and is an early learning and child care instructor at Camosun College and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria.

Royal Roads' annual Robert Bateman Lecture celebrates Bateman’s legacy of environmental practice, communication and education. The lecture supports the Robert and Birgit Bateman bursary, awarded to students in the MA in Environmental Education and Communication degree program who demonstrate financial need.