Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Over population

Watch this visually compelling TED talk about the causes and effects of overpopulation. Enjoy!

Visual Note Taking

Here is an idea I've been trying in class recently. It's called Visual Note Taking. You use the art of sketching when taking notes. It has powerful applications in learning because it makes you think about what you want to sketch. Hey, I'm no expert and I certainly am not a great drawer but it may be just the thing for you!  Check out this video to see if it's something you might consider.  Happy Learning!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Final Thoughts

Congratulations to all of the Environmental Connections students!  You made it through another semester of learning.  I hope you will take your new found knowledge of environmental issue and apply it to your everyday life.  Remember that being a leader in an area as important as the environment requires passion, dedication and perseverance to the cause . I know that you are up to the challenge.  You are armed with the scientific knowledge to refute the naysayers and disbelievers.  All you have to do is have the courage to stand up to them in an honest debate of the facts. I hope to see many of you canoeing and camping  in the beautiful outdoor facilities that our country has to offer.  The more you explore them the more you will want to protect them.  Live long and prosper, leave no trace on the landscape, take nothing but pictures, keep your sleeping bag dry, your paddle in the water  and strive to be the environmental jedi that I know you can. I will leave you with a few quotes from the master paddler himself, Bill Mason.

….the canoe is not a lifeless, inanimate object; it feels very much alive, alive with the life of the river. – Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle
There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe. – Bill Mason
There is one thing I should warn you about before you decide to get serious about canoeing. You must consider the possibility of becoming totally and incurably hooked on it. You must also face the fact that every fall about freeze-up time you go through a withdrawal period as you watch the lakes and rivers icing overone by one. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can help a little to ease the pain, but they won’t guarantee a complete cure. – Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle
It’s the portage that makes travelling by canoe unique. – Bill Mason
….portaging is like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer: it feels so good when you stop. – Bill Mason
Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy. – Bill Mason
A journey by canoe along ancient waterways is a good way to rediscover our lost relationship with the natural world and the Creator who put it tohether so long ago. – Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle
The path of the paddle can be a means of getting things back to their original perspective. – Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle

Friday, 5 June 2015

Year End Camping Trip

Just spent 4 days on Georgian Bay and McCrae Lake paddling and camping with the Environmental Connections class.  What a great way to wrap up the school year with some amazing students and colleagues.  So proud of the way they together to make it an enjoyable and fun experience.  I can't wait until next years fall trip?


Master Paddler and Instructor Marty with Mme. DesRochers

Mr. Mullin, NLS Instructor Lauren Mavrou and Mr. McLaren

"With my awesome hat and glasses I'm ready for anything" Kristina

Meat sticks and mango! YUM
Honeymoon Bay, Georgian Bay

Life is Good

We only eat gourmet food when we camp

Gotta be KD baby!

The rapids on the Musquash River

The Gang

My other backpack is twice as big

McCrae Lake woodworking class

Final day on McCrae Lake

I wish there were more opportunities to carry the canoe

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Cleanest Water in the World

We have been learning a lot about water this semester. It turns out that some of the purest water in the world is right in our own backyard!

Where can I find this very clean water?

Friday, 22 May 2015


The swim test for our canoe trip will be Wednesday May 27th at the Midland YMCA between 1:30 and 2:30. Transportation will be provided to and from the YMCA. Bring a spare set of clothes that can get wet. The test involves a 100 m swim fully clothed with a PFD on. Anyone not completing the swim test will not be allowed to participate in this field trip.

Monday, 27 April 2015