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Outdoor Workshops

Welcome to McMaster Recreation Virtual Learning where we feature interviews, chats, and webinar content to assist in your health and wellness journeys.

In the videos below, you can view some workshops that were hosted by our Outdoor Recreation staff!

McMaster Outdoor Club 2021 Speaker Series – Maya March

The event took place on February 11 and we welcomed our guest speaker Maya March, McMaster University and McMaster Outdoor Club alumni!

Maya March (’06), spent 8 incredible years leading trips with the McMaster Outdoor Club, and ALTITUDE. Some of her favorite trips included the Grand Canyon, Canadian Rockies, backpacking on Baffin Island, caving in Kentucky. During her years at McMaster, Maya spent her summers in the Canadian Sub-Arctic, guiding wilderness expeditions for Canadian River Expeditions (white water rafting, canoeing, hiking) on rivers in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Labrador. Since 2004 she has worked at Parks Canada, spending 5 years as the Park Manager for Tuktut Nogait National Park in the Western Arctic, and is currently on the Visitor Experience Team in Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

Hosted by Noah Stegman, McMaster Outdoor Club President

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MOOSE 2020: Outdoor Skills Workshop 1

Learn about various outdoor skills including animal safety while camping, food storage, water safety, weather, poisonous plants and more!

Hosted by Noah Stegman, McMaster Outdoor Club President

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MOOSE 2020: Outdoors Skills Workshop 2

Learn about some awesome camping skills including knots, shelter and fire building, and more!

Hosts:
Noah Stegman, McMaster Outdoor Club President
Brian Anderson, McMaster Outdoor Club Vice-President Internal

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MOOSE 2020: Panel 1, Sustainability in Outdoor Adventures

A discussion about the impact of humans on the environment while exploring remote places, and how to minimize out disturbance of natural areas. This event aims to help raise awareness of the burden human travel has on the environment and teach ways in which we can minimize this effect.

Speakers:
Abbie Little, Office of Academic Sustainability
Nicole Graziano, Royal Botanical Gardens
Claire de Souza, Ontario Parks
Noah Stegman, McMaster Outdoor Club

Host:
Gabriella Christopher, MOOSE Coordinator

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MOOSE 2020: Panel 3, Mental Health and The Outdoors

An open conversation about mental health and its implications when traveling in remote settings. We aim to build conversations on how different settings and environments can affect one’s mental health, the different misconceptions around mental illnesses, and how we as leaders can mitigate these situations.

Speakers:
Kyle Roberts & Tom Schellenberg, The Weight We Carry
Nathan Cooper, McMaster Student Wellness Center
Meagan McConnell, Peace in Minds

Host: Hannah Christie, MOOSE Coordinator, McMaster Outdoor Club

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McMaster University Coordinator of Natural Lands & Outdoor Recreation Wayne Terryberry leads a virtual panel to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Ontario’s public parks and trail systems.
Guests
  • Terri LeRoux – Senior Manager, PARCS – Credit Valley Conservation
  • Paul Ronan – Executive Director – Ontario Parks Association
  • Patrick Connor – Executive Director – Ontario Trails Council

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McMaster University Coordinator of Natural Lands & Outdoor Recreation Wayne Terryberry leads a virtual panel to catch up with three distinguished McMaster alumni.

Guests

  • Maya March – Georgian Bay Islands National Park
  • Kyle McLoughlin – Ironwood Arboricultural Solutions
  • Steve Javorski – Vancouver Island University

The iNaturalist program at McMaster is a fun way to explore your own backyard while staying connected to your McMaster community!

Go out and record the species around you. This collection project is open to all McMaster University staff, students, faculty, and alumni.