In the early 1980s I was perplexed by the difficulties of teaching about environmental issues in public schools. This led me to Simon Fraser University to puzzle about this problem for a number of years until earning a Ph.D. in curriculum theory. This was an important step in an ongoing journey to explore links between environmental education, ethics, philosophy of education, and experiences in the land.

As an active practitioner, teaching courses in environmental philosophy, environmental education, and outdoor education, I still find environmental issues perplexing. However, I do to strive to inform my practice with theory, and refine educational theories in light of these practices. As an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, I continue this work after many years of teaching at Yukon College.

In 1996 I started, and now co-edit, the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. My research interests include philosophical inquiry into environmental education, environmental ethics, and relationships between environmental ethics, education, and teaching. However, as a long-time outdoor pursuits instructor and wilderness traveler, much of my passion is derived from journeying through Yukon's magnificent landscape by foot, ski, and canoe.

Correspondence: Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada P7B 5E1. bob.jickling@lakeheadu.ca