Learning Is Natural. Let’s Take It Outside!

This Is A Natural Makerspace

Students who learn in Natural Makerspaces have no walls and  often no predetermined classroom area (although some schools do have outdoor classrooms). The time spent in nature is bringing an emotional connection to the land that is essential to develop a deep appreciation and the empathy needed to inspire ecological and social actions. Authentic Natural Makerspaces not only gives the opportunity to learn in nature but also from nature.

Pedagogy

The Natural Maker pedagogy draws its roots from a fusion between the pedagogical philosophy of maker centered learning valued by Brilliant Labs since its beginnings and the place-based pedagogy. The Natural Maker pedagogy invites the learner to manipulate, create and build with the elements at his disposal in a nearby natural environment. This pedagogical approach based on the learner in their natural environment allows for the acquisition of an understanding of fundamental learning concepts and the development of essential skills.

Learning In Nature

Learning in nature is inspired by the Forest and Nature School (FNS) movement, a pedagogical approach that has existed since the late 1950s. Nature Schools are multiplying worldwide and are very popular in several European countries such as Finland, Norway and Denmark, which are known for their academic rigour. Guided by the ancestral methods bequeathed by our Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit ancestors and environmental science, this pedagogy is based on respect for the Earth and living beings.

Walk In Colours

Join Brilliant Labs and “I Move…I Learn” teams for Walk In Colours, June 10th!  “Walk in Colours” is a health and wellness walk for people of all ages! This year participating Atlantic Canadian classes can help their native ecosystems by planting their province’s official flowers.  

Plus, be sure to check out the Walk In Colours student guide and tie-dye activity below. 

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Student Guide
Natural Tie-Dye Project

Earth Day For Nature

Harvesting Rainwater
Bee Friendly Garden
Seed Paper
Nature Buddies
Pollinator Hotel
Nature Steward

Earth Day In Nature

Nature Walk & Design
Outdoor Coding Game
Design A Playground
Biomimicry Designing
Create A Nature Trail
Outdoor Classroom

Earth Day With Nature

Melodies: Natural Sounds
Observe The Atmosphere
Learn About Constellations

Natural Making Resources

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Student Journal
Walk In Colours
Bucket Magic
Find Your Space
Nature Steward
Learning Continuum
Winter Challenge
Make: Quinzhee

VIDEO RESOURCES>

Natural Maker Training
Make: A Journal
Find: Your Makerspace
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Earth Day 2023! Let’s challenge students to be inspired by nature and take action to help fight climate change. Check out these project ideas!

Let’s get talking about sustainability

The Brilliant Labs’ Speakers Series got my students asking tough questions about the future, but also engaged them to think about what they can do to make a difference.  They’re still talking about mycelium!

M. Thomas, Grade 11-12 Physics Teacher

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