Over 25 years of collective Outdoor Education experience.
Mike Ward, BSc., B.Ed., RECE
Growing up in New Liskeard, Mike Ward has an embedded love for Northeastern Ontario and its natural beauty. Over the last ten years, Mike has worked as an Outdoor Educator around the province. He began his career as an Interpreter/Naturalist with Ontario Parks including Killarney, Grundy Lake, and Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. He has since become a certified teacher, and worked at outdoor centres and organizations including YMCA Wanakita, Kinark Outdoor Centre, ALIVE Outdoors. Adventureworks, and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.
Following his recent return to Northeastern Ontario, Mike's goal is to bring high quality outdoor education programs to the City of North Bay. As well, he seeks to offer them in a way that is both experiential, and affordable.
Hence, the creation of "Nature & You," an outdoor education company that brings outdoor education programs to the students. Using the many natural resources within the city, the program design hopes to foster an appreciation for nature that is close by, and can be explored on a regular basis by students.
Amy Fisher, BA, B.Ed., RECE
Amy grew up climbing trees and getting muddy exploring the forest behind her home in Southwestern Ontario. Her connection to nature has always been a force for good in her life and, over the past decade, Amy has enjoyed helping others to connect with the natural world at various outdoor centres and organizations including her small community’s camp program, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, YMCA Wanakita and ALIVE Outdoors. In 2013, Amy completed her B. Ed and went on to teach Grade 5-6 at Trillium Waldorf School in Guelph, Ontario. The Waldorf curriculum values music, the arts and experiences in the natural world. Amy incorporates aspects of this into her outdoor practice and continues to learn more about inquiry and place-based approaches to education. Amy is excited to be part of Nature and You where she helps to create experiences that connect youth to their local landscape.
She’s older, a little wiser, and living in Northeastern Ontario now, but she is still just as happy to get muddy exploring in the great outdoors.