Alexandra O’Rourke

Alexandra O’Rourke has been an Environmental Educator developing nature based and energy and water literacy curriculum for nearly a decade. She has traveled to K-12 classrooms and schoolyards across western Canada and loves exploring the Alberta foothills, wetlands and urban and provincial parks with K-12 students. Alex’s current passion and work has a focus on building a connection to the natural world for children in the early years with an emphasis on family based nature experiences. Motivated in her new role as a parent, she developed a simple curriculum to engage Calgary families in the urban wild throughout the seasons. Through this experience she founded Urban Wild Family Nature Club. For her graduate work at Royal Roads University in the Environmental Education and Communication she is currently exploring the parent-child-nature relationship. For Alex; “Going out into a natural setting with a child as my companion demanded me to slow down, follow another's lead, and experience the curiosities of the natural world through a child.” You can find her musings on her experience in the natural world with her son on her website;

“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton