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Select from a combination of our day programs offered to elementary and highschool-aged students, post secondary students and teachers. Round out the experience with an overnight camping experience at the 188-acre Millard Learning Centre!

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Concerned about food security in a changing world? Dig into sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture in Galiano’s own Forest Garden. Students will gain hands-on experience with earth-friendly farming techniques, in a Forest Garden that mimics natural, local ecosystems.

 Curriculum link: Environmental science;  land use and sustainability (Grade 12).

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Based at our very own Millard Learning Centre, join an award-winning effort to restore an ecosystem to its flourishing potential. Learn the skills required to make a forest healthy again—through hands-on forest mapping, surveying and orienteering. Includes a detailed teaching guide.  

During this 6 day and 5 night field school, students have the opportunity to create their own restoration program for a plantation forest.

“I learned a lot through out trip to Galiano. Now when I walk through a forest I look at it in a different light. I think, how old are these trees? What made the forest the way it it? Is it healthy? I’m now considering going into forest conservation after graduating.”

Curriculum links: Conservation and restoration of ecosystems; sustainability in local ecosystems

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Based at our very own Millard Learning Centre, join an award-winning effort to restore an ecosystem to its flourishing potential. During this 3 day and 2 night program, learn the skills required to make a forest healthy again—through hands-on forest mapping, surveying and orienteering. Includes a detailed teaching guide. 

“This opened my eyes to what a forest is really like.”

“I loved learning about orienteering and stump mapping. The mushroom game was really fun!”

“The staff were really passionate about what they were teaching which made me super excited to learn. I really enjoyed stump mapping and I feel like this area of work is something I would like to pursue.”

“I loved the fun engaging learning environment.  I couldn’t wait to get back to work each day and I learnt so much in such a short time. It’s a great place, great teachers and lots of fun.  Thank you for having us.”

Curriculum links: Conservation and restoration of ecosystems; sustainability in local ecosystems.

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This is a stunning hike from the Learning Centre along high, dry coastal ridges, through lush green Douglas fir forests, to our amazing Great Beaver Swamp.

The hike begins with an introduction to topographic map reading, allowing students to visualize the hike ahead. Throughout the hike we’ll note how changing moisture and soils – as well as human activity – bring drastic changes in the plant and animal life we see. Stopping at three different locations, students will be given the opportunity to study the plant community and identify specific indicator species.

Lunch will be enjoyed in a beautiful meadow, surrounded by towering maples and western red cedar. An interactive game focusing on the importance of mycorhizzal fungi is next on the agenda, followed by a lesson on natural rope making, utilizing the abundance of the forest. By the end, we’ll have hands-on knowledge of how a variety of processes and landscapes brings a diversity of life – and have an memorable souvenir to boot!

“I enjoyed seeing and learning about something I’ve personally never thought of before, it was very fun and interesting. – Maria J, Grade 9, Claremont School

“The relationship between the people in our class got so much better.” Wendy H, Grade 9, Claremont School

Curriculum link: Land Use and Sustainability (Gr.12)

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Hone your sense of direction as you home in on our island wilderness. Join us as we orient ourselves at the Millard Learning Centre, with its 188 acres of mature coastal forest and two kilometers of waterfront.  We’ll master navigation, compass and map-reading skills to find Galiano Island’s ecological treasures. And, we will get hands-on with basic survival skills such as fire making, shelter building and knot-tying.  For the grand finale we will gain a sense of place (and more survival skills) through identifying native edible plants.

It’s a day full of nature-based outdoor learning, as we work together to master low-tech, high-fun, potentially life-saving skills.  Unforgettable.

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Through an unforgettable 3-day and 2 night experience, this program equips participants with wilderness skills needed for back country exploration.

Experience a variety of natural environments through challenging hikes, natural history activities, and extensive explorations of forests, fresh water and marine ecosystems.

Our skilled staff will guide you through interactive lessons on orienteering, tarp and food cache production, wilderness safety, rope making and knot tying. Pair this with a lot of fun – games, scavenger hunts, cooking over camp stoves, sleeping in tents and exploring the shore by moonlight – and you have our Back Country Experience program!

Generously supported by MEC, this program includes the use of a variety of camping gear.

“I liked the no civilization environment. I could spend time in nature with almost no distraction. This let me take in the learning well.”

“I learned the importance of maintaining an ecosystem and understanding it.”

“I learned how to set up tarps, tents, stoves, hiking bags, and learned about different species.”

“I will be more conscious of how certain species will help environments; I will treat them with more respect ex. alder trees.”

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Learn about energy sustainability and why it matters, and have fun in nature at the same time!

Students will gain experience and knowledge of solar photovoltaics, thermal solar, micro-hydro and micro-wind and will apply them in a real-world context through building projects and hands-on demonstrations.

During our new Renewable Energy in Action overnight program, students will develop practical science skills while working in nature. By exploring the beautiful Millard Learning Centre with hand-held measuring devices, participants will learn about how energy flows through nature, while gaining an understanding of the underlying physical and mathematical principles.

Students will work together to install a small water turbine in a seasonal creek—or in a tidal current—and get a hands-on understanding of kinetic energy, electricity, energy storage, and technology. 

In an exciting game format, students will compete (and cooperate) with different technologies to discover the advantages of mini-grids and small-scale non-centralized energy distribution. 

Throughout the two-day program, they’ll take measurements, record data, build energy projects and learn to see how energy is all around us—and how we can harness it for a sustainable future. 

Together, participants will build solar-powered USB charger, and take home a small pre-built one for themselves, along with a resource package to help them continue learning—and share their knowledge in their own communities. 

This program will empower participants to understand that there are renewable sources of energy all around us— and that they can be developed with the future of the natural world in mind.

Book now to reserve your program starting April 15th, 2019.

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This is a hands-on educational adventure all about pollinators and their habitat. 

People, Plants and Pollinators brings the fascinating world of pollinators to life, equipping learners with both scientific knowledge and direct skills to make a tangible difference.

Students will learn practical skills to encourage healthy populations of pollinators in their communities. Participants will:

  • get to know both native and introduced pollinators such as honeybees; 
  • become familiar with the habitat needs of these species; 
  • learn how to help create conditions that are critical for pollinator success; 
  • receive take-home materials that continue learning in their own communities. 

The program takes place in the Galiano Conservancy Forest Garden at the Millard Learning Centre. The Forest Garden hosts two honey bee hives. Program participants will learn first-hand about the colonies’ inner workings and ecology, while watching honey bees pollinate the Forest Garden. 

An Amazing Diversity

British Columbia has over 450 native bee species, and the Southern Gulf Islands are home to a number of bees and other native pollinators. This program will also look beyond the “usual suspects” and engage learners about orchard mason bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, mining bees, plasterer bees, insects other than bees (e.g. butterflies, beetles, flies, wasps) and hummingbirds. This fascinating array of species is critical to pollination; many of them pollinate more species than honeybees do, and are adapted to thrive in natural habitats with little intervention from humans. This makes them a critical part of our ecosystems. Both the Galiano Conservancy Forest Garden and new Native Forage Forest are perfect outdoor learning environments to discover real examples of native pollinators, their foraging and their habits. 

In this program, participants will learn about which plants are good for pollinators, identifying native plants, as well as herbal and medicinal species. Students will help to plant these in the Galiano Community Forest Garden and new Native Forage Forest. They will learn about the blooming calendar to create habitat for pollinators year-round, and learn how to plant by colour to best attract a variety of different pollinators. 

Hands-on Experience

They will gain hands-on experience creating native bee habitat, and discover pollinator-friendly gardening techniques by installing Mason Bee houses at the Forest Garden and taking home instructions to make their own.

This new knowledge will go home with the participants so they can design or improve their gardens to better assist pollinator species.

As part of the program, students will construct take-home signs that announce their pollinator-friendly gardens, allowing students to spread their new awareness of different ways to encourage the health of native bee and pollinator populations. 

We will also install Pollinator Habitat signs from the the Galiano Community Forest Garden and Native Forage Forest to explain to visitors what is being done to encourage pollinators, and demonstrate how people can learn more about creating pollinator habitat in their own gardens and communities.

Program Outcomes

People Plants and Pollinators will…

  • Increase participants’ interest, awareness and knowledge of pollinators in BC, their biology, ecology, threats and importance to our ecosystems and food systems locally and globally; 
  • Provide participants with hands-on applicable skills in supporting pollinator success in their local communities; 
  • Enable students to apply their knowledge at home.

For elementary and highschool: https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/people-plants-and-pollinators/

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Get your  hands dirty in our cutting-edge Food Forest, through activities like planting, weeding and harvesting. It’s a great chance for city kids to discover where our food comes from—and to discover what sustainable farming looks like. You’ve probably never seen anything like a healthy Food Forest in action!

Adapted to high-school curriculums, participants will discover the environmental, social and economic significance of sustainable agriculture and gain practical experience with renewable food systems. This program includes in depth lessons on edible and medicinal species, soil health and permaculture!

Curriculum link: Sustainable Resources 

Where: The Millard Learning Centre on Galiano Island

When: This program is available at your convenience. It takes about 5 hours and yes, you can do it in a day trip from Vancouver or Victoria. 

The Edible Forest (Gr. 3-7): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/edible-forest-gr-3-7/

The Future of Food (Gr. 8-12): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/the-future-of-food/

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One of the great things about Galiano Island is that, with a little hiking, you can get right up to the top of the island in a short time. The Garry Oak meadow high atop Mount Galiano is a breathtaking place to see the interconnectness in one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems—one that First Nations have been managing for thousands of years. Students will actively engage in restoration through the removal of invasive plants, and discover how Garry Oak meadows can help us adapt to a changing climate.

Curriculum Link: Aboriginal concept of interconnectedness of the environment is reflected in responsibility for and caretaking of natural resources. (Gr. 5), 

Quest for the Mountain Top (Gr. 4-7): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/quest-mountain-top/

Mountain Top Gary Oaks (Gr. 8-12): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/mtn-top-garry-oaks/

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Cedar Coast Field Station offers K-12+ curriculum-based programming for school groups, specializing in multi-day, overnight trips perfect for graduation groups (elementary/secondary school) and teacher capacity building. Students and teachers alike will reconnect with nature through place-based education, cultural teachings and guided scientific inquiry. Guests learn alongside Cedar Coast staff in participatory, ecological research programs while immersed in the Clayoquot Sound with the goal of students being able to conduct their own ecological research in their own local ecosystems! Just a fifteen minute boat ride from Tofino, education groups will stay in canvas wall tents and share meals in a 5000+sq foot, off-the grid facility. Seasonal monitoring programs include juvenille salmon monitoring, stream assessments, bird surveys and intertidal biodiversity surveys, or, hike through BC Parks routes to one of the off-property field sites for micro plastic surveys and sunset camping, such as Ahous Bay! Further, Cedar Coast is working with School Districts to develop for-credit-coures, dual credit courses, work experience opportunities and professional development days for teachers as well! To stay up to date, visit our website and join our mailing list! 

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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Starting on Shell Beach (a First Nations midden) we will journey through a beautiful forest, past a tidal lagoon and along a shoreline, learning about First Nations practices and their significance to the island as we walk. Settling at the intertidal zone, we’ll use nets and buckets to catch, identify and release a remarkable diversity of animals. After a beachside lunch, we hike over to a new marine environment to participate in a “Teaching Train”- where the students become the teachers, showing each other the creatures they have learned about.

“I learned to be more aware of my actions and surroundings and how they affect others.”- Rhys T, Age 13, Brockton School

“I learned about the many creatures there are in the ocean and the different plants on Galiano.” – Rahim D, Age 13, Brockton School

Curriculum Links: Habitats and Communities (Gr 4), Water Systems on Earth (Gr. 8) 

Note this program’s availability depends on the timing of low tides—please contact us to discuss your program’s time.

What a Marine Life (Gr. 3-7): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/marine-life-gr-3-7/

Marine Investigations (Gr. 8-12): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/marine-investigations/

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November 23, 9am-3pm
$30.00 (Catered lunch included)

Are you looking for extra tools and resources to integrate
Indigenous content into your classrooms? In the morning, join
experienced instructors for hands-on creative workshops and
in the afternoon join contemporary Inuit art curator Dr. Norman
Vorano for a special discussion on bringing voices from diverse
communities to the fore in non-conventional learning environments
like galleries and museums.

Call 604-297-4422 to register.

PART I: Introduction to Teaching
Indigenous Content in Classrooms
Friday, November 23, 9am-12noon
Location: Burnaby Art Gallery

PART II: Diversity, Inclusion and
Source Communities in the Gallery
Friday, November 23, 1 -3pm
Location: TBD

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