Strategic Priorities

The following is a summary of Strategic Priorities for Focus on Nature (FON) for 2011- 2012:

1. Collaborate with others in order to connect young people with the opportunities and resources to participate in experiential arts and outdoor programming.
i. Conduct outreach and engage in discussions with diverse sectors, including teachers, students, outdoor educators, arts and environmental organizations, and public and private institutions.
ii. Develop partnerships and collaborative programming/projects in accordance with FON mission and values.
iii. Implement community asset-based resource development plan, as developed by FON Advisory Group.
iv. Develop arts-based teaching resources and extension activities to enable teachers, outdoor educators, and community-based organizations to engage young people in connecting with the natural world.

2. Deliver experiential learning opportunities in arts and nature education through delivery of Focus on Nature (FON) programming and sharing of educational resources.
i. Deliver FON Program in schools, outdoor education centres, and as part of joint projects with local youth, environmental and arts organizations.
ii. Develop and implement tools for program evaluation, based on the program evaluation plan developed by students at the University of Guelph.
iii. Implement the necessary steps to enhance the viability and effectiveness of FON volunteer recruitment, training and management processes.
iv. Develop opportunities for disseminating FON’s program model, teaching resources, and volunteer training program to other communities.

3. Encourage nature experiences beyond the program.
i. Support teachers in delivering FON extension activities, conducting pre- and post-program consultation and sharing teaching resources.
ii. Engage students and teachers in developing the means for sharing student images with their peers, schools and communities through photography exhibits, social and print media, and social enterprises.
iii. Deliver on-site FON teacher training and professional development workshops.
iii. Develop and disseminate FON teaching resources and best practices to schools, outdoor education and community centres.
iv. Engage youth and partners in the fields of public health, outdoor education, the arts and marketing, to develop innovative ways to inspire youth to explore and promote appreciate local natural areas.

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