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Children the Heart of the Matter Conference 2018

Conference Overview

Friday

6:30 PM Welcome Reception
Registration Opens
Marketplace Opens
7:30 PM Keynote Presentation
How to Raise a Wild Child with Dr. Scott Sampson
9:30 PM Book Signing
with Dr. Scott Sampson
10:00 PM Marketplace Closes

Friday Night Keynote

Dr. Scott Sampson

How to Raise a Wild Child

North American children currently spend about seven hours a day staring at screens, versus seven minutes playing outdoors. Yet recent research indicates that abundant experience in nature is essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to natural settings can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature can yield longterm benefits in children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Tapping into the latest research findings summarized in his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, Scott Sampson, President & CEO of Science World British Columbia, offers timely guidance to parents, educators, and others interested in mentoring strong bonds between children and nature. Sampson will also talk about a bold and exciting new initiative around place-based learning taking place right here in British Columbia.

A little bit about Dr. Scott Sampson

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia.

Scott’s scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fieldwork in many countries, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature

Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, “Walking With Dinosaurs”. He has also authored multiple books, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. However, he is perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmynominated PBS KIDS television series “Dinosaur Train”, produced by the Jim Henson Company.

Saturday

8:00 AM Registration Opens
Marketplace Opens
8:45 AM Keynote Presentation
Finding Your Smile Again with Jeff A. Johnson
10:15 AM Morning Break
10:45 AM A.M. Session Workshops
12:45 PM Lunch Break
*last chance to shop in the Marketplace!
1:45 PM P.M. Session Workshops and Marketplace Closes
3:45 PM Conference Ends

Saturday Morning Keynote

Jeff A. Johnson

Finding Your Smile Again

Many caregivers spend so much time focusing on the needs of others that they fail to take care of themselves, which often leads to stress and burnout. This session looks at how burnout impacts caregivers and ways to deal with that impact

Outcomes/ Goals:

  • Attendees will understand how stress and burnout impacts them.
  • Attendees will understand the causes of stress and burnout.
  • Attendees will leave with simple and doable ideas for managing stress and burnout.

A little bit about Jeff A. Johnson

Jeff A. Johnson opened Explorations Early Learning, a family child care program, in 2003 with his wife, Tasha, after spending 16 years directing a child care centre and community centre for a large non-profit agency. Their programs focused on supporting emergent learning in a playbased and child-centred environment.

On August 14, 2013, they closed their family child care program and retired to pursue their hobbies: speaking at early learning events, making toys, recording podcasts, and advocating for child-led play and caregiver self-care. These hobbies have become full-time jobs.

Jeff presents regularly at early learning conferences across the United States, Canada, and Australia, and has keynoted an international conference in Cork, Ireland. He produces a number of early learning podcasts that currently have over 250,000 downloads a year. Toy-making, his preferred pastime, has led to a business that ships simple wooden toys across the USA and internationally. Jeff has a growing and very active social media following on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube, and he blogs at www.playvolutionhq.com

Registration Information

Registration is available online only. Visit www.childcareoptions.ca and click on the registration link on the conference page.

Child Minding is not available.

No workshop changes are permitted once registration is processed.

We do not maintain waitlists for full workshops - registration is first come, first served!

All workshop confirmations will be sent by email; you require an email address to complete your registration. Please add childcareoptions@options.bc.ca to your email address book to ensure you receive your confirmation.

Certificates of attendance will be provided for the completion of each workshop and keynote presentation attended.

Please note: A $20 fee will be applied to all duplicate receipts and certificates issued.

Duplicate certificates and receipts will only be available for one month after conference close.

Cancellation Policy

Friday only registrations are non-refundable.

Cancellations and participant substitutions for Friday and Saturday, and Saturday only registrations will be accepted until January 12th, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee, and will not be accepted after this date for any reason.

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Cancellation Policy

Friday only registrations are non-refundable.

Cancellations and participant substitutions for Friday and Saturday, and Saturday only registrations will be accepted until January 12th, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee, and will not be accepted after this date for any reason.

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