Where The Wild Things Are Bog Pro-D

That very night in Max's room a forest grew, and grew, until the ceiling hung with vines, and the walls became the world around...", 
- Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.
Bog Buddy program. photo credit: Marian De Geer,
Biology 11 students teach elementary students in Camosun bog: photo credit: Marian De Geer

When: To Be Announced
Where to meetEntrance of Camosun Bog (map)
Who can register:    youth leaders, urbanists, teachers, informal educators,  student teachers.  Register by contacting  Susan at codesignyouthmanual@gmail.com.  (If you are a teacher, please let us know if you are secondary or elementary).
Cost: free:  
Presenters:  VSB teachers, The Camosun Bog Restoration GroupMetro Vancouver Regional Parks interpreters, and Co-Design Group
Dress code, what to bring:  
This is an outdoor program happening rain or shine. Be prepared for rain. Bring your favourite tea mug. 

Join the Crazy Boggers, Metro Vancouver Regional Park interpreters and VSB teachers for an active and informative Pro-D walking through an enchanting urban bog! Learn the fascinating story of this ancient ecosystem and methods for interpreting the bog for students of all ages. Taste Labrador Tea, touch a carnivorous sundew and Jump on a bog trampoline! Walk away with lesson strategies, classroom resources and the ability to identify at least five bog species and five invasive species, guaranteed!

Purpose of this workshop:
  • To give educators the tools to bring their classrooms and small groups to the bog with confidence
  • To familiarize educators with the bog narrative, bog ecology and share connections to the elementary and secondary curriculum.
  • To encourage educators to visit our bog. Camosun bog is the most transit - accessible bog in Vancouver and we encourage everyone to experience this treasure in the city
Our presenters have experience interpreting the bog for elementary students and secondary students up to senior secondary. Furthermore, the metro vancouver regional parks interpreters are well versed in presenting the bog in an informal context. The bog is a great outdoor classroom for the following topics:

plant anatomy
ecological succession
bog ecology
plant competition
urban geography
local history of our city
and it is a wonderful location for inspiring students to create art, poetry, short stories.

All participants will be entered into a draw to win a copy of a book for their school library or organization. Sue Ann Alderson's book was written about Camosun Bog. Courtesy of Trade Wind Books

Details and pictures of our previous workshops:

We thank all the participants who attended this workshop in the driving rain!  Special thanks to Lori Bartley, Jennifer Swanton, Vanessa Lee, our Metro Vancouver Regional Parks interpreters and the following members of CBRG:  Laurence Brown, Pat Wilson (VSB, retired), Susan Chung (VSB) and Issaku Inami.  And we also thank guest speaker Stanley King from the Co-design Group for help  in speaking at this workshop. We are very grateful to Metro Vancouver for providing tents

Details of 2010 workshop
We thank the  teachers (and one canine companion) who attended this outdoor pro-D in the rain,  drizzle and sun. Stay tuned.  We'll upload the lessons and activities shared during this session and ask you for your feedback. Special thanks to the energetic Vanessa Lee, Park Interpretation Leader of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the following members of the Camosun Bog Restoration Group for their leadership:  Laurence Brown, Gerry Mignault, Susan Chung (VSB teacher, Prince of Wales Secondary), Pat Wilson (VSB teacher, retired), Assistants:  Laura Greenstreet, Bryan Chui.
Vanessa sharing interpretation methods
canine participant

evolutionary history of plants: put in the correct evolutionary order!

tiny bat, one of many animals in the bog