ABOUT OPEN AIR LEARING
Open Air Learning is based in the South Shore of Nova Scotia and exists to support and inspire curiosity and wonder in people of all ages through experiential, nature-based fun, connection, and intrigue.
The wonders of the natural world- with its diversity of life, geography, changing weather and seasons- provides a rich environment for learning, cooperation and self-discovery. Being outdoors helps develop physical and emotional health and nurtures the creative spirit.
Open Air Learning has been offering nature connection and natural learning programming since 2014. Our offerings include the forest kindergarten, overnight camps for older children and playful nature retreats for adults.
We acknowledge that the places where Open Air Learning offers programs are the traditional lands of the Mi'kmaq people and that indigenous people have practicing earth-based education for millennia.
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ABOUT OPEN AIR LEARNING’S FOUNDER
Amanda Bostlund has great enthusiasm for ecology, permaculture, sustainability and playfulness.
She feels very strongly about children having the opportunity to spend time outside for their own happiness and health and for the sake of our society and environment - the more people that have a connection to (the rest of) nature, the more collective responsibility that will be taken for our shared world.
Amanda was fortunate to spend quite a bit of time outdoors while growing up, playing, exploring and following her curiosity, exerting independence, and enjoying relationships with caring adults who shared the ethic of respecting others, human and non-human. This was a strong force in leading her to facilitate meaningful experiences for people in the outdoors.
She enjoys sharing her love of the natural world and helping to build confidence and comfort within nature.
Amanda has completed an Advanced Teacher Training in Child and Youth Permaculture Education in Oregon and has volunteered at the Knowlesville Art and Nature School in New Brunswick and at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington. Through the PINE Project, she attended Art of Mentoring. Amanda worked for several years as one of the program coordinators for MODL's outdoor after-school program, Trailblazers. In the winter of 2017, she spent 2-months in Denmark on a fascinating learning journey of forest kindergartens there. She is qualified as a Forest and Nature School Practitioner through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and is trained in first aid and CPR.
Amanda also leads workshops and trainings around the topics of outdoor play and nature connection and is excited to be collaborating with others within this growing movement in Atlantic Canada. She enjoys being part of the vibrant South Shore community and is continually inspired by the people and our stunning natural environment.
She hopes to see you in the forest!