2014 Early Childhood Education

Registration for 2014  is now closed.


Summer Institute The Outdoor Kindergarten

Venturing outside of the early childhood classroom walls

Presently there is a great deal of interest in getting children outdoors and connecting with the natural world. There are some powerful reasons, as well as emotions, behind the development of outdoor programs for children.

Taking children outside and engaging in a natural setting provides opportunities to challenge some of our assumptions about education, children and community. In this course, we will critically examine the current interest in Nature Kindergartens, Forest Schools, and other outdoor programs for young children.

Naturalists, biologists, environmentalists, educators, local First Nations all contribute passion, thoughts, and ideas about the role of the natural world in children’s lives. We will explore theories of environmental education, emergent curriculum, and community (or the commons), while spending time outside and reflecting on our own histories and beliefs about our connections to place and our relations with the natural world.

In addition to reflecting on relevant theories, we will look at some of the practical aspects of implementing an outdoor program. The educators from the Nature Kindergarten in Sooke, BC will share their experiences and documentation with us.

Dr. Enid Elliot


Dr. Elliot has been an early childhood educator for many years. She has worked in a variety of contexts and settings and continue to find herself surprised, intrigued and delighted by the children, families and early childhood educators with whom she is engaged.

For the past several years she has been investigating the influence of outdoor natural settings on children and early childhood educators. Being outside with children connecting with the other-than-human worlds can be a wild and wondrous experience. Both educators and children benefit.

Working to create the Nature Kindergarten within the Sooke School district has been an exciting experience of community collaboration. Currently Dr. Elliot is an adjunct professor at University of Victoria, and on faculty at Camosun College in Victoria, BC.

UBC Vancouver

Child Care Services Administration Building
2881 Acadia Road | Map

July 9–18, 2014

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Week 1: Wednesday–Friday
Week 2: Monday–Friday

Registration & Fees

There are several pathways for participation in this program. The fees for the program will depend on your registration type.

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card.

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by June 4 to be eligible for a refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students can register for Graduate or Undergraduate credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login.

  • Graduate Course (3.0 credits)
    ECED 565D 96A | Special Course in Early Childhood Education: The Outdoor Kindergarten
    Graduate student fees apply; see details below.
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). Registration opens March 3.
  • Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
    ECED 480B 96A | Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education: The Outdoor Kindergarten
    Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). See Summer Session registration dates.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

In the case of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, students who meet certain requirements may opt out of paying the fees during the first two weeks of the term.

To see whether you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, using your CWL ID and password logon to the student service centre and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the Summer Session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

You can also find out whether the AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan fee applies to you by visiting the Student Service Centre. If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the necessary procedures.

Admission to UBC

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact Graduate Program Assistant: ccfi.educ@ubc.ca.

Admission Categories

  • Unclassified Students
    If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
  • Diploma Students
    If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
  • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
    • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
    • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
    • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.


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