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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”

Albert Einstein


The Bush Talk program is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program that supports grade 5 and 6 students to develop their social and emotional competence as well as their connection to nature.

The program aims to enhance the students’ whole-person development by addressing some of the difficulties they face when dealing with emotions and forming positive, meaningful relationships. Students will be supported to develop a broader range of knowledge and skill in listening, articulating thoughts and feelings, empathy, resilience, teamwork and improving physical capabilities.

Learning and using bush craft provides students an opportunity to develop resilience and build confidence in the outdoors. Bush Talk focuses on learning primitive survival skills, gaining experience and appreciation for:

  • Fire craft and fire safety

  • Simple natural navigation

  • Making cordage

  • Weaving

  • Music/Journey sticks

  • Safe knife handling and basic knife holds

  • Spoon carving

  • Knot tying

  • Rock carving

  • Natural craft

  • Journaling/Reflection

The program is run by Deanne Lawn and Rebekah Mitchell who are both committed to improving student well-being and delight in sharing their passion for connection and nature through this program.

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