Enchantments of Winter - Educator Workshop
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Enchantments of Winter - Educator Workshop

Sparkles in the snow, the mystery of a snowflake, the wonder of footprints left behind – so much to enchant our minds and imaginations - all wrapped up in the frosty folds of winter.

Enchantments of Winter is a hands-on workshop on outdoor winter play for Early Childhood and Elementary School Educators that will explore:

  • the affordances and offerings of winter;
  • materials to support and enhance winter play;
  • probable curriculum connections and possibilities for project work;
  • seasonal risk-benefit assessment;
  • supporting children and parents to dress for the weather.

In the spirit of the forest school ethos this workshop will be held mostly outdoors, will include hands-on natural materials exploration, storytelling and an opportunity to view current and past documentation of project based work from children aged 3-6 years focusing on their connections and ongoing investigations in a nature space in the winter season.

Come be enchanted by winter.

Saturday, January20, 2018
Common Digs Forest School at Red Deer Lake Community Centre
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

$90 + gst per person
Early bird pricing $75 until December 31. 
Workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Visit our shop to register. All registrations are non-refundable but are transferable. 

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Forest School - Parent Information Afternoon
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Forest School - Parent Information Afternoon

For parents interested in registering their child for the September 2018 and subsequent semesters Forest School program for pre-school aged children. Attend the Parent Information afternoon event to hear about the philosophy, tour the classroom and outdoor spaces and ask questions. Registration will open following the Parent Information afternoon. This event is organized for parents. There will be opportunities in the future for parents and children to attend. 

Register to attend coming soon. 

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Winterfest
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Winterfest

Hold the date! Come celebrate the joys winter has to offer at this play-filled family fun event. Tickets available early January 2018.  After the event partake in an online auction of seasonal and locally crafted goods. 

All proceeds got to support programming for CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten.

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Large Scale Loose Parts - Educator Workshop
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Large Scale Loose Parts - Educator Workshop

Based on our presentation at the International Play Association Conference this interactive hands-on outdoor workshop will offer up opportunities for educators to see the possibilities of large-scale loose parts play and to personally experience some of what young children undergo to bring their big ideas to large scale life.

The theory and value of loose parts is well-established in educational and early childcare realms but it is mostly seen inside the classrooms with man-made materials used to express ideas and model-sized creations. What happens when young children are given the physical space, time and real world materials to build on a large scale and bring their creations and ideas to life size? 

With large-scale materials comes inherent risk. This workshop will explore how can we, as educators and as a society, create spaces of “trust” where preschool and Kindergarten-aged children are encouraged and supported to engage with materials that are larger and heavier than the children themselves.

Questions that will be considered are many - What can large-scale loose parts offer children, not only in terms of their physicality and spatial awareness, but also in term of imaginary play, social play, group work, literacies and mathematics. How does this impact their ability to theorize and to test hypotheses? How can large-scale loose parts be utilized to express curriculum knowledge? What does taking loose parts outdoors offer us in the ability to revisit project work? How does weather and seasons impact a structure of parts and how it can be used in different ways?

Through a series of play provocations and interactive creative building sessions, participants will consider the benefits of large-scale loose parts play, learn about ways to set up play provocations for children inspired by children’s ideas and questions, design outdoor spaces for and consider the diversity and quantity of large-scale loose parts both found and natural.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Common Digs Forest School at Red Deer Lake Community Centre
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

$90 + gst per person
$75 Early bird discount available until December 31, 2017. 
Workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Visit our shop to register. All registrations are non-refundable but are transferable. 

 

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Mud Fair
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Mud Fair

Hold the date!

MudFair celebrates World Forum’s International Mud Day, designed to connect children with nature. It's a family fun-filled day where everyone is encouraged to get a little dirt on their hands! Mud pits, a mud slide, mud kitchens are just a few of the muddy fun activities. Enjoy live music, outdoor yoga, have lunch from the food trucks and browse the green market. Stop by the community art collaboration - Mud City, led by the art educators of Nature Kindergarten. Hose down with water-filled tanks before you head home. Be sure to bring your own towels and wear your boots! Activities for children of all ages. 

Mud Fair Fun Run - Kick off the day with a children's fun run  - walk, run or even roll around Lloyd Park with either a 700m or 2Km run. Have your friends and family pledge your child for their participation.  When you are done your run head over to be the first to dip their toes into the Mud Fair activities - your family pass is included when you sign up for the run. 

Mud Fair takes place at Lloyd Park, just west of Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. All proceeds will go toward supporting Red Deer Lake Community Association and CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Advance tickets are your best price and help us to plan for how many people will be in attendance. 

Tickets available March 2018

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for the love of Pinecone
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

for the love of Pinecone

A community fall social
We step on it, paint it, hot glue it, misname it - for the love of pinecone it's time to celebrate it! Join us for a community social to pay tribute to the beauty and splendour of the often taken-for-granted, underdog to fall leaves - the lowly, beloved pinecone. 
Food trucks, live music, artisan market, kids arts and games, geocaching and loads of pinecone love.

Friday, September 23, from 3pm-7pm at Parkhil Stanley Community Centre, 4013 Stanley Rd SW. All proceeds to Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Advance tickets $20 per family. Advance tickets available until Wednesday, September 21 here on event brite

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Walk the Land - Plant identification with herbalist Melanie Isles
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

Walk the Land - Plant identification with herbalist Melanie Isles

"Walk the land. Come to know one small patch of earth intimately. Stand on that ground until it becomes dear to you and then open your arms to the whole wide world." 
Ann Pelo, The Goodness of Rain

Walk the Land, with herbalist Melanie Isles
Part of our role as educators taking children outdoors is knowing the wild edible and medicinal plants and native species that we exist with - their names, their uses, their growing habits, their benefits and also their potential dangers. 

Common Digs is pleased to host our friend and herbalist, Melanie Isles of Full Bloom Herbals for an informative walk and discussion of the plants we can find in this bio-region. We will learn about plant safety, ethical harvesting, plant identification, uses of local plants and growing your own in your home or schoolyard garden. 

Located at Sandy Beach Park, Calgary. Space is limited to 12 participants.  
April 23, from 1pm - 3pm
$35 + gst per person

Register here:
http://www.commondigs.com/educatorworkshopregistration

 

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Dec
17
to Dec 18

Mindful Music Winter Camp

  • Red Deer Lake Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Children's Commons Ecological Society Presents: Mindful Music Camp for 4-7 year olds

Give yourself a couple of days on your own to prepare for the holidays!  Proceeds go directly to support the operational costs of CCES Nature Kindergarten, Calgary's first tuition-free, nature-focused, outdoor kindergarten!

Find out more at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindful-music-winter-camp-ages-4-7-tickets-19626835393

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Seedy Saturday

Come visit us at the children's activity booth to do some Seedy arts! Talk to us about upcoming Forest School programs. 

Check out this link for event details and the other amazing organizations that will be attending. 

http://seedysaturdaycalgary.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/event_details/

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Nov
22
3:25 PM15:25

Project Wild Thing at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

Come by and say hello at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival on Saturday November 22, 2014. We'll be part of the post-film discussion panel for the film Project Wild Thing along side David Bond, director, Ashley Jones, producer and Deborah Doncaster of Earth Day Canada. 

http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/festival.php/loc%7Cmardaloop

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MudFair
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

MudFair

MudFair celebrates World Forum's International Mud Day connecting children to nature. 

With fun family mud activities, mandala making, family yoga by Tracey Borden & meditation, live entertainment from Lucky Sonne, the local Firefighters and a Green Market (artisans, vintage curators and urban agriculturists with their locally grown produce) there is no shortage of things to do. Participation is by donation at the gate. All proceeds to Red Deer Lake Community Association for improvements to Lloyd Park.

Come for lunch! - Yummi Yogis, Savino Pizzeria and The Happy Fish Truck have all confirmed their participation in MudFair, so come on down, buy your lunch, enjoy the festivities and the beautiful woodland and wetland environment of Lloyd Park. 

Pick up some "good earth things" from Andrea Williamson Art, The Apple Lady, Common Digs, Curious Chickadee, Eat/Bake/Love, Halo Honey, Living Soil Solutions, Patterson Spring Farms, Peaks 'n Cheeks soap, Sabores, S.O.A.P and more!

Special thank you to Glacier Water Transport Service  for providing water for sprinklers and hoses to wash off mud and provide good clean fun! And to Water Solutions for providing drinking water so we can al stay hydrated!. 

If you'd like to volunteer or be a vendor at the Green Market please contact us for more information.

You can follow Common Digs on Facebook for more information about the event as we get it. 

Common Digs is helping to organize this event in support of the Red Deer Lake Community Association (RDLA) which operates the community centre where our indoor classroom for Forest School resides. RDLA also looks after the adjoining woodland and wetland nature space at Lloyd Park which we use for Forest School's outdoor environment. 

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 from 11am - 2pm at Lloyd Park. Lloyd Park is located 5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows just off 22x in Calgary, Alberta. 

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