Education and environment: Calgary's nature kindergarten gets kids playing and learning outside
This is the site where Common Digs operates Calgary's nature kindergarten, a class that uses the outdoors as a secondary teacher. The students spend about 80 per cent of their time outside, all day in warmer weather, and in 30 minute increments when the temperature falls to -25 degrees.
She also talked about how quickly the kids picked up teamwork and problem-solving skills. When a recent flash hail storm blew in, Wilkinson Blanc said the whole class came together and quickly built a hail shelter to shield themselves from the elements.
For Wilkinson Blanc, teaching outside provides lots of opportunities for memorable moments her students wouldn't get in a typical classroom environment.
"We were reading a story about great-horned owls, and as we were reading we heard this 'hoo' from the tree and we all look up, and a mother owl swoops over the top of our heads. That would not happen anywhere else."
This piece originally aired in May, 2017.