Outdoor Paragon Professional Learning
|What is Outdoor Paragon?|
Outdoor Paragon is free web resource portal for experiential, environmental, outdoor and recreation education hosted on David Spencer's Education Paragon. Resources include green energy sources, astronomy, birding, camping, canoeing, climbing, conservation, dogsledding, environmental issues, geocaching, hiking, indigenous plant species, kayaking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, wilderness ethics and wilderness survival. Learn about the history of the Outdoor Paragon Professional Learning Network and the now defunct Outdoor Paragon E-Newsletter. Please consider joining the 385 members of Outdoor Paragon and subscribe to the Ecosource Trailblazers Newsletter and Beyond Our Classroom. Educators are also encouraged to connect with educators using Outdoor Paragon resources on the following social networks.
Our Outdoor Paragon web site is http://op.davidspencer.ca.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Outdoor Paragon encourages you to attend the following professional learning opportunities and join these associations for your experiential, environmental, outdoor and recreation education.
The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that promotes safe and high quality outdoor education experiences for people of all ages. It also acts as a professional body for outdoor educators in the province of Ontario. These aims are achieved through publishing Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education as well as an electronic newsletter, running an annual conference and regional workshops, maintaining this web site, and working with kindred organizations as well as government agencies.
The Ontario Association for Geographic Education (OAGEE) is the geography subject association for Ontario educators.
ORCKA Canoeing and Kayaking Skills Training
The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) was formed in 1975 to promote accessibility of paddling experiences for everyone, the development of safe, competent and knowledgeable recreational paddlers, igniting the passion for a journey of paddling experiences and the preservation of the paddling environment. Today, ORCKA continues grow in a dynamic manner to support and develop recreational canoeing and kayaking in Ontario!
The Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE) is a professional organization whose members include teachers from all levels of education, people who teach in outdoor education centres or parks and people who are involved directly or indirectly with environmental education.
Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) Promotes excellence in science education through leadership and service. They publish Elements and Crucible.