About admin

I am an intentional educator, biologist, author, photographer and traveller in search of truth, creativity, and conversations that matter. I seek simplicity, strive to be mindful, and listen for the song of the river and tree. I am a writer by need, not choice, from a conscientious and curious calling to put wonder into words. I write fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and am currently revising my first novel.

More Presentations! 2019–2020

Design your own place-based, cross-disciplinary session (with Daniella Roze)
Classrooms to Communities: Connecting People, Place and Planet
October 25, 2019
UBC
More info here

Discovery Day Biology Lab Tour (with Christine Takhar)
Surrey Professional Development Day
November 8, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
More info here

Poetry Reading
White Rock & Surrey Writers’ Club
The Cecilia Lamont Literary Contest
7pm, November 20, 2020
White Rock Library

Poetry Circle
President’s Dream Colloquium event
November 29, 2019
W.A.C. Bennett Library Room 7100
Simon Fraser University
More info here

Where the Sidewalk Ends (with Michael Maser) – CANCELLED
President’s Dream Colloquium event
12-1:15pm (meet at Georgia & Denman bus stop, north-side)
December 4, 2019
Vancouver, BC
More info here

Poetry Reading (for Landscape|Interrupted Gallery Opening by Bad/Good)
President’s Dream Colloquium event
Conduit Gallery: 165 East Hastings
December 5, 2019, 7-9pm
More info here

Creative by nature: When art and science collide
KPU Arts Speaker Series
March 11, 2020, 1-2pm
Cedar Conference Center
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
More info here

Healing nature: Forest bathing and the wisdom of trees
KPU-Science World Speaker Series
June 9, 2020
Science World Vancouver
More info here

My Presentations in 2019

Storytelling and creativity: In relation with nature 
Gulf Island Professional Development Day
March 1, 2019
Salt Spring, BC
More info here

Contemplating nature as teacher through mindfulness
Gulf Island Professional Development Day
March 1, 2019
Salt Spring, BC
More info here

Arts-based teaching in the science (or any) classroom (with Nicole Tunbridge)
Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium
April 23-25, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
More info here

A day in the Amazon Field School (with Lucie Gagné, Farhad Dastur, Gabrielle D’Errico and Connell Green)
Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium
April 23-25, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
More info here

Education and the land ethic (with David Chang)
Canadian Society for the Study of Education
June 1-5, 2019
UBC
More info here

Twisted Poets Literary Salon celebrates Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (with other authors)
HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro)
4468 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
June 27, 2019
More info here

Place, identity and ecology: Teaching with nature sculptures
InSEA World Congress
July 9–13, 2019
UBC
More info here

Nature, creativity and wonder (multi-day workshop)
Naramata Centre
July 13-20, 2019
Naramata, BC
More info here

Finse colloquium on Wild Pedagogies
August 25–30, 2019
Finse, Norway
More info here

Songs of streams, rights of rivers
7th International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry
October 3–5, 2019
Acadia University, Nova Scotia
More info here

Wild Things exhibition!

Wild_Things-MOVFor this exhibition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in our Lives, I was co-curator, responsible for scenario and concept design. I researched and wrote the informational signage and many other texts that populate the exhibition.

My Van City:
Museum of Vancouver Invites Urbanites to Reflect on the Environment

The Tyee:
The Angler: Remembering the Animals Among Us

Georgia Straight:
Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives

 

Presentations in 2018

May 3, 9am
Re-imagining the campus: Place-making, ecology and campus life
With Sylvia Borda (KPU’s Artist-in-residence)
KPU Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium 2018
Surrey, BC
More info here

May 12
Exploring the wilds within and without through poetry and music
With Heidi McCurdy
Learning Together Conference: The Intersubjective Emergent – Engagement and Synergy
SFU Surrey, BC
More info here

May 12, 11:05am
Arts-based learning across the curriculum (Invited panelist to plenary session)
Learning Together Conference: The Intersubjective Emergent – Engagement and Synergy
SFU Surrey, BC
More info here

May 15, 7pm
Learning in place: The importance of outdoor education (Invited presentation)
Chilliwack Field Naturalists
Neighbourhood Learning Centre
46361 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC
More info here

June 6
Embodied and empowered learning communities
Teaching with pizzazz: Building communities in higher education
KPU Langley, BC
More info here

June 21, 8:30am
Ecopoetics of the Amazon
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada
University of Victoria, BC
More info here

June 21, 3pm
“Aristotle’s Lantern” poetry reading
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada
University of Victoria, BC
More info here

October 18–21
Dancing with the leaves: Connecting to place through stories and art
With Margaret McKeon
The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
Near Cranbrook, BC
More info here

Recent Publications

Here are some of my recent publications, on varied topics including science education, experiential learning, poetic inquiry, and gentle empiricism.

Romanticism EJPAE-article_32_cover
“Romanticism and Science Education: Nature as a Poem”
European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education
Available to read and download here.

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“Science Education in the Key of Gentle Empiricism”
with Heesoon Bai
Chapter in 13 Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation – Science
Available to buy here and here.

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“Ethical-ecological Holism in Science Pedagogy: In Honor of Sea Urchins”
with Heesoon Bai and Serenna Romanycia
Chapter in Animals and Science Education
Available to buy here and here.

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Poetic Inquiry Enchantment of Place - cover

 

“Poetic Pedagogy in Science Education”
Chapter in Poetic Inquiry: Enchantments of Place
Available to buy here and here.

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Refugium Poems for the Pacific - cover

 

“Aristotle’s Lantern”
Poem in Refugium: Poems for the Pacific. 
Available to buy here and here.

 

Upcoming Events & Presentations

September 10, 1pm
The Amazon as teacher
With Farhad Dastur & Lucie Gagné
9th annual World Environmental Education Congress, Vancouver, BC

September 10, 5pm
Blurring the nature/culture divide through deep connectivity
With Jade Ho & Maureen Jack La-Croix
9th annual World Environmental Education Congress, Vancouver., BC

September 14, 7:30pm
From the Amazon to zoology: Reclaiming nature for our children
White Rock and Surrey Naturalists
Sunnyside Community Hall

October 5, 6:30pm
Book launch and poetry reading for Refugium: Poems for the Pacific
Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria, BC
More info here

October 19
Vancouver Public Library poetry reading
Vancouver, BC

November 3
The life of blossom: Living poetically in the Anthropocene
With David Chang
6th International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
More info here

November 18, 10am-noon
Ecology, creativity, and wonder: Our local rainforest
Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association, Langley, BC
More info here

January 25, 2018, 7:30pm
Place-based Education: Nature as Teacher
Nature Vancouver
949 49 AVE W, Vancouver, BC
More info here