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The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of the largest, and most prestigious literary festivals in North America. The 2019 Festival takes place October 22-27, 2019. In addition to the programming we offer adults, we also hold events specifically for K-12 students.

Through our youth educational outreach programs, we offer students the opportunity to interact with celebrated writers from across the globe in more than 40 events designed specifically for young people, teachers, schools and student groups. Each year, we reach more than 7,000 students across British Columbia—in the classroom or at the Festival.

Our youth education outreach programming includes:

30+ weekday Festival events featuring presentations and discussions with engaging authors from Canada and around the world, programmed with BC curriculum goals in mind. We offer discounted tickets and bus subsidies for teachers and students for the youth events we organize during the festival. We also have one day of events which are completely free, with the option offered to guests to pay what they can.

6,000 student attendees from the Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Writers in the Classroom: 20 classroom-based events where writers visit schools across the Lower Mainland to engage students in important conversations.

We welcome teachers, academics and educators to attend the festival with their students for an inspiring and memorable field trip.    

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On a battlefield full of armoured men, it was difficult to distinguish between your allies and your adversaries. Knights would have their shields emblazoned with their own, personal Coat of Arms in order to recognize one another.

In our interactive heraldry program, students will learn about a time when brand recognition was the difference between life and death. Your students will learn the science of heraldry, create their own coats of arms, and explore both medieval and modern heraldry.

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Half Day
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Make your next play one your actors and audience won’t soon forget! With Academie Duello you can bring a stage combat class or course to your school.

As the practices that actors use are always improving and changing in film, we use a curriculum that is the most practical and proven in actual performances. We teach how to use distance, timing and targets to make things look real, yet keep the actors and audience safe as we develop an eye and awareness for safety.

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7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Swordplay has a lot to do with physics and mathematics. It relies upon a knowledge of force, angles, geometry and much more.

By exploring concepts such as leverage, trigonometry and geometry through interactive tools such as swords, siege weapons and armour, kids can get excited about science in a way they never have before.

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The Mt Seymour Patrol Team is now offering education courses to grade 5-12 students. Students will learn practical first aid skills; learn radio use; handle ropes and tie knots; and participate in patrol themed team building. Come for a half-day three hour Introduction program or a full day six hour Intro & Retrieve and Transfer program. Students will be on snowshoes for part of the program.  Available April 2019 and Jan-April 2020.

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5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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RPSA has been offering field trips to grades 5-12 during May and June for over 15 years. The program challenges students to work as a team using problem solving skills in a dynamic, inclusive and safe environment while learning the basics of sailing.

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In our changing world, teaching ethics has become increasing important in creating responsible global citizens. The new curriculum asks students to make ethical judgements about the past and evaluate the limitations of drawing direct lessons from history.  One approach is to directly compare modern codes of ethics with historical codes from period sources. Studying prescribed codes of ethics from medieval chivalric manuscripts, such as the Book of Chivalry by Geffroi de Charny, and The Flower of Battle by Fiore dei Liberi, helps students examine their own codes of ethics and understand the pitfalls of dubious translations. But chivalry is essentially the ethics of swordfighting, and the best way to learn this is by swinging a sword. This exciting workshop combines hands on swordplay experience for kinesthetic learners with interpretation of historical manuscripts to reach multiple intelligences.

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6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Learn to ski or snowboard at Grouse Mountain! Students will develop skills and good sportsmanship in a fun and playful winter environment.

One and four day sessions available.

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife offers programs that make learning about nature fun and fascinating! Our programs align with the BC Curriculum for science, social studies, and physical education, and our experienced educators teach outside in the natural beautiful setting of Grouse Mountain.

Wildlife Education: Pick from a range of interactive curriculum-focused activities and build an unforgettable field trip for your students. Duration: Full or Half Day

Hiwus Feasthouse Cultural Program: Step into an authentic Pacific Northwest Longhouse and let Kwel-a-a-nexw, our Squamish First nations elder, take you back in time to discover the traditional way of life of our First Nations people. Duration: Full Day. Lunch included.

Sustainability in Motion: (May-October) This program examines alternate forms of energy and creates discussion among the students on today’s current issues. Add on an inspiring visit to The Eye of the Wind, BC’s largest energy-producing wind turbine for a once-in-a-lifetime field trip. Duration: Full or Half Day

Peak of Christmas: (December) Engage your students in the magic of the holidays: Peek at Santa in his workshop, visit live reindeer, discover snow-fleas, take a scavenger hunt, play in the snow and more. Duration: Full or Half Day

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Fun for all ages! Join our experienced guides for outdoor adventure program sessions.

Snowshoe Tours: Wander through the snowy trails exploring the sub-alpine forest of the Coastal Mountain Range. Students will learn outdoor safety and survival skills and avalanche awareness. Duration: 1.5 or 2 hours

Alpine Wilderness Survival: A blend of hands-on survival skills and outdoor adventure experiences, neatly bound by friendly group competition. Duration: Half or Full Day

Scavenger Hunts: The Mountain Scavenger Hunt takes school groups on an adventure to stunning locations and hidden hideouts of Grouse Mountain. Duration: 3 hours

Mountain Ropes Adventure: A series of four aerial ropes courses with varying degrees of difficulty. Balance, jump, climb, swing and zip your way to the finish! School group pricing available. Duration: variable

Ziplining: Our dual-line, five-line circuit gives you an adrenaline-pumping tour across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains. School group pricing available. Tour Duration: 2 hrs

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This can be a two-day program for large groups (e.g., 50+ students). Half the group will spend the day sailing, while the other half will kayak. Groups will switch activities the following day. Student must participate in both activities.

The program challenges students to work as a team using problem solving skills in a dynamic, inclusive and safe environment while learning the basics of sailing and paddling, and about the environment.

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For Grades: 
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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No
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RPSA has been offering field trips in to grades 5-12 during May and June for over 15 years. The program challenges students to work as a team using problem solving skills in a dynamic, inclusive and safe environment while learning the basics of sailing and paddling, and about the environment.

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Full Day
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5, 6
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No
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The Ziptrek Eagle tour is a fully guided ecology based tour that takes students through the treetops on a series of five ziplines, suspension bridges and observation platforms. This tour is similar to the Bear Tour but includes different ziplines that are higher and longer.  Our mission is to inspire and educate students about Climate Change and Conservation, Health of the Environment and Living Sustainably. While on tour you'll be able to see first hand the difference in forest composition between the ancient, old growth forests and the second generation forests that exist in the area. All Ziptrek guests are informed about the Natural Step framework as well as information about the local ecology. It is the ideal site for interactive learning and outdoor adventure exploration.

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Half Day
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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This interactive program encourages students to think about how they move through their communities, and about how the past influences the present and future of city planning. Students will learn about the factors that influenced the founding, building, and settling of New Westminster while taking a tour of the museum’s galleries. Students will put this knowledge into practice by creating a LEGO city and consider how transportation factors into city planning.

Programs running before November 17, 2018 will include a special tour of our feature LEGO exhibition, People Gotta Move.

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90
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3, 4, 5
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Learn about the history of printmaking in our museum gallery, then develop practical skills and create designs through a one-hour printmaking workshop. Students will use printmaking technology, terminology, and techniques to explore their creative expression through a hands-on workshop and produce collagraph prints on a printing press and relief prints. The program will place a particular emphasis on the prominent figures and print shops in New Westminster’s history as well as the role printmaking plays in fostering communication.

Programs running before April 28, 2019 will include a special tour of our feature exhibition, Getting the Word Out.

Duration: 
90
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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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