Bateman Lecture: Dr. Milton McClaren - Aug. 9

Dr. Richard Kool
Bateman Lecture: Dr. Milton McClaren - Aug. 9

Are the terms “nature” and “natural” the same? What are the implications of how we define them and how we teach about the environment? One of the founders of the field of environmental education in Canada, Dr. Milton McClaren, will explore those questions in a Robert Bateman Lecture on August 9, 2016 at Royal Roads University.

An associate faculty member in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University for more than 20 years and professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, McClaren’s lecture topic is entitled:

What is “natural”?  Exploring the idea of nature and its implications for environmental education.

In many discussions of environment and environmental education, the concepts of nature and natural are assumed to have shared meanings. In this presentation, McClaren will re-examine this assumption and consider the terms in the context of programs intended to develop environmental literacy and awareness. 

Please join Dr. McClaren for his lecture on Tuesday, August 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hatley Castle Drawing Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Background: Dr. Milton McClaren

A deeply committed and skilled educator, McClaren is seen as a mentor by many educators across Canada. In addition to his teaching at Royal Roads, for more than three decades McClaren ran the Summer Institute on Environmental Education at the Simon Fraser University campus in Kelowna, B.C. He has also consulted with post-secondary institutions, the B.C. Ministry of Education, school boards and health authorities across the province.

Royal Road’s innovative Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication (MAEEC) program was first proposed by McClaren in 2001 and through his efforts the program was launched in January 2003. Since then, he has taught every student that has taken the MAEEC program.

Royal Roads University annually celebrates Robert Bateman’s ongoing legacy of environmental practice, communication and education through this lecture series. Learn more about the Robert Bateman Foundation.