Discover your Nature and give back to our Earth
Wild Craft Play ‘sCool
Creative Storytelling, Outdoor Adventures, Wilderness Skills, Archery, Performing Arts, Wild Craft Play the Game, Training and much more…
This page includes the following info: | Seeking Community Feedback | Book a Presentations | Training for Teachers | Hire a Facilitator | About Drawn by Nature | About Wild Craft Play – the Game | The Hummingbird Approach |
Seeking Community Feedback
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If you consider yourself a COMMUNITY LEADER who has an interest in connecting children with Nature, please complete this form:
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Book a Presentation
Founder, Jamie Black, is on a mission to help people connect with their Nature. She is currently offering presentations and interviewing successful professionals in the field to find solutions the the systemic issue of in-activity and lack of connection to Nature. This need for nature-connection, as well as access to healthy food is driving Jamie, and she invites you to get involved. These are effective ways to support well-being in children, youth and adults, we just need to be pro-active.
This mission to facilitate a deeper connection to community and Nature is offered through:
Creative Adventure Education
Training for Adults:
- Training for Teachers, Parents and Program Leaders
- Hire our facilitator to come to your community and offer training on any of the following concepts (please inquire for more details)
“I am hooked, and look forward to seeing how to incorporate this into my class.” ~ Annette Nobles, principal of Departure Bay Eco Elementary School
- Nature Connection
- Get Out Adventure Questing
- Wild Craft Play the Game
- Wilderness Survival Scenarios
- Program development in more risking outdoor adventures such as Archery, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, rock climbing
- Risk Management and Group Dynamic Management
Hire a Facilitator to run programming for you (Click Here for program info)
Hire a facilitator to prepare and provide exceptional programming through Nature-Based Play and Creative Storytelling.
- 1 – 4 hrs for ages 3-5, 6-8, 8-14, 14-17
At Wild Craft Play ‘sCool Outdoor Adventures include (yet are not limited to):
- Guided Discovery Learning: The Wild Craft Play Game, Forest Bathing (in forests and by bodies of water), Hiking, Archery, Questing and Wilderness Survival Skills is all facilitated through a Guided Discovery Learning approach that has been practiced and proven to engage children for over 18 years. Following the practices of John Dewey and Jerome Bruner (early 1900 philosophers), Jamie Black calls it The Hummingbird Approach.
- Experiential Learning: relying on group cohesion, we dive into experiential activities that can be as simple as a time in a forested area, to more adventurous activities as Mountain Biking, Caving, Kayaking, Trekking, Indoor Rock Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow-Showing and Snow shelter building, Adventure Questing and beyond.
- Connecting with Nature: is an integral teaching tool within all of our programs through Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by John Young, following the 8 shields model at www.8shields.com
- All programs involve outdoor adventures, it is just a matter of what the group can handle.
- Creative Storytelling: whether it be poetic rhyme, story crafting, storytelling, appreciative inquiry or simply saying “I don’t know, good question” storytelling is an art form that weaves the fabric of the experience together and sews up the loose ends, creating a masterpiece.
Performing Arts available (yet are not limited to):
- Production Creation: depending on the interest of the children we venture into production creation, music making, song-writing, visual arts, graphic design
- Performing Artists: when they are ready we delve into the art of performing on-stage. Learn stage-presence, dabble in circus skills and body movement.
- Social Media and Marketing: these skills are essential for success as an entrepreneur and are taught to the children in throughout the youth program.
About Drawn by Nature
In September, 2017, a group of teens went on a bike ride through the forest, where they climbed an old growth Grandmother Douglas Fir tree during the Drawn by Nature program. While sitting in the tree feeling proud of themselves of their accomplishment, I, Jamie their facilitator, read them the Earth Charter, after which she asked them “If you were to do something for the Earth, what would you want to tell the world, and how?” This was a VERY broad and overwhelming challenge at first, but given the parametres of 1 month to accomplish with what we have, they decided…
“We want to get kids outside.” My heart gushed, and excitedly challenged them, with “Now what?” They believed that if they went on adventures and video recorded themselves, then made a short, catchy video, maybe it would inspire viewers to get off the computer and get outside.
This 40 second video is their story.
Drawn by Nature is a Nature-Connection program suited for different age groups:
Ages 3-5 – Children connect in nature, with their parents, to explore, play and learn about their Nature.
Ages 6-8 – Children craft their own adventures in more wild places.
Ages 8-14 – Challenge your comfort zone, reach further, engage more deeply, expand your mind and deepen your soul.
Ages 14-17 – Either epic adventures, OR Leadership training. Just inquire.
About Wild Craft Play the Game
Here is what a 7-year-old boy thinks of the Wild Craft Play Game program:
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We are providing Adventure Education and Creative Storytelling for children ages 3 and up. Let’s get started with fun and affordable, local activities in our neck of the woods. The Director, Jamie Black, grew up in the Errington/Qualicum Beach area and has explored, played and performed across Central Vancouver Island her whole life. After many years of higher education, she is offering experiential learning adventures in her own unique way. Click here to learn more about Jamie Black.
- We are seeking funding to purchase an R-Pod in the $10,000 range, if you have any leads please contact me directly Jamie@wildcraftplay.com | 250-927-7923
- Do you wish your children were playing less video games and spend more time outside? This is what Jamie Black studied in her masters thesis “The Hummingbird Approach: A Case Study of Guided Discovery Learning for Children in Nature.” She believes that there are a few key factors deterring children from spending more time in nature. Jamie Black believes that if children engaged in Nature the same way they engaged in their video games, they would have all of the same adventures, yet more physical activity, social interaction, health benefits from being among the trees, more attentive, and an increased overall quality of life.
- Discover what level you are at with your skills in: wilderness survival, fire making, role-play dramatic storytelling, costume design, questing, finding treasures, kayaking, caving, mountain biking, hiking and more.
- We have a 4:1 (child to adult) ratio, and are seeking a volunteer driver. Who do you know that has their Class 4?
The Hummingbird Approach is a facilitation style that Jamie Black coined in 2017 offered in Wild Craft Play s’Cool, that has developed as a deeper understanding of how she facilitates nature-based experiences. Over the past 15 years of experience and training, Jamie adopted techniques from a number of different walks of life to influence her work. The core essence of how all Wild Craft Play activities are facilitated exist in a practice that Jamie Black calls The Hummingbird Approach. In this practice the leaders are as hands-off as possible, like a momma Hummingbird with her fledgling, and the children get to explore, learn and grow by doing it themselves, while having fun with a purpose, all the while having a caring Hummingbird near by to prevent deadly harm. This is a technique that is rarely seen.
In June 2017, Jamie completed her Masters thesis called “The Hummingbird Approach: A Case Study of Guided Discovery Learning for Children in Nature.” (Link coming soon). Her approach expands the imagination of the children in a traditional and natural way. The Hummingbird Approach is hard to adopt as an adult due to the way we may have been taught, yet it is very rewarding, and worth trying on. (Training coming soon).
Guided Discovery Learning
When Jamie Black was coaching sailing at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 2003, she was honored to work coach along side a world renowned coach named Tine Moberg-Parker. Ever since her experience with Tine, she adopted a concept called Guided Discovery. Jamie took this theory of coaching and mentoring to heart and put it into practice in every environment she could.
What solidified it was when she worked on a tall ship in New Zealand for 10 days in 2003, she knew that creating life-altering adventures for children in nature was essential. And when the captain of the ship said that this vessel is not about learning how to sail, it’s about learning the life skills to manage in life as a
n effective human being. The captain also said, just because you know how to coach sailing, doesn’t mean that telling the children how to sail this ship is what you need to do. What I want you to do is “put your hands in your pocket and say ‘I don’t know, go figure it out.'” Not only was this a challenge for Jamie with her keen interest to guide and teach children, but it was also a painful process for the youth of that ship. They were angry, frustrated, and even brought to tears, but in the end the results of what they learned in that process were life-altering.
Join the movement of regenerating resilience as Nature Intended