Homebase: Maple Ridge
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays
Themes: Climate Change and/or Environmentalism
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE;Eligible to apply for AIC
Rob and Lillian are lifelong musicians, songwriters and performers with a passion for environmental stewardship. They combine their talents into unique and uplifting performances which have been seen by tens of thousands from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. They have also led song writing workshops in multiple elementary schools. Rob and Lillian encourage connection, protection and respect (CPR) for biodiversity and the outdoors through original music, puppetry, natural instruments and more! In their inspiring performances, they will take you on a musical, fact-based journey to kindle the amazing wonders of the natural world around you!
See a preview of The Well Worn Trail's show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!
School Year: 22-23
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins + 10 min Q&A
Tech Requirements: Two 8' tables for outdoor, class, stage or gym presentations
Available Formats: In Person
Rob and Lillian focus on connection to nature, land and place through multi-sensory concerts and workshops blending science, music, language and visual arts. Students and staff gain deeper insights into the astonishing attributes of Canadian wildlife ranging from hummingbirds to humpback whales as well as species' interconnectedness through the duo's interactive performances. Recorded animal vocalizations, natural instruments/props and realistic-looking puppetry blend to give a broader understanding of biodiversity found in schoolyards, backyards and in the wider world. Drawing from personal experience and stewardship, the duo can offer easy-to-assimilate ideas such as tree-planting projects which helps mitigate eco-anxiety some feel. Free tree seedlings are given to schools, upon request.
School Year: 22-23
It's amazing watching students turn into songwriters! Rob and Lillian have given multiple workshops in different districts assisting classes transform thoughts and ideas into original compositions focusing on biodiversity, conservation and our environment. They understand that children are curious, compassionate, and at times concerned about nature and different ecosystems. By encouraging cooperative learning through expressed thoughts, hopes and ideas, children discover the strength of collaboration. Rob and Lillian bring wildlife puppets to each school project. They also bring natural instruments for rhythm development. The duo knows that most children have limited time outdoors. Through their workshops, they provide creative opportunities linking nature and music so that students may expand and deepen their connection with various bionetworks.
Lillian and Rob have a wealth of experience in educational performance for children, and it shows. Not only are they engaging and fun, but they teach in such a way as to inspire love and appreciation for nature, something we desperately need to share with our children. It was wonderful to work with these like-minded people to help share our rich natural heritage with children. Melissa Fulton, Director of Operations - Nature NB
It is challenging for any presenter to engage such a wide age and interest range for 45-90 minutes, but Lillian and Rob managed to engage all learners with their songs, facts and connections. The feedback from our staff and students was positive and we would love to have them back at our school again. Gillian Campbell, Highland Park Elementary, Pitt Meadows
The teachers are always amazed at how engaged and entertained the children are and students leave humming a new tune or excited about learning new facts about their favorite (or new favorite) animal. I have always had positive feedback from the staff and students and one primary teacher said Rob and Lillian were the best and most relevant school performers she had seen. Leah Jackson, Aboriginal Support Worker SD 42