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Many of us know the importance of pollinators, and how they’re necessary for ¾ of our major food crops. But who exactly is doing all the pollinating around here? Many people first think of honeybees, and that’s our starting point for this tour: visiting Loutet Farm’s two resident hives, tasting some honey, and getting the basics of pollination down. But there’s so much more to it than that! Students will get a chance to try their own hand at the process while identifying different parts of flowers, both wild and cultivated. We’ll talk about the importance of a diversity of pollinators and their associated habitats, how evolution plays a part, the struggles facing pollinators, and what we can do to help.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Did you know that soil is actually extremely rare? In this truly groundbreaking field trip, students will come away understanding the important differences between soil and dirt. They’ll dig deep into the properties and composition of soil, the amendments we add, and the benefits of supporting a healthy underground ecosystem where just one tablespoon could contain 50 billion microbes! We’ll find some of the larger invertebrates commonly found at Loutet Farm and investigate the cycle of compost on-site, where we build our own soil. Your day exploring one of the most species-rich habitats on earth will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the ground beneath your feet and inspiration for building and protecting it.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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What's the story of the plants we eat? Students will explore the journey of a vegetable from seed to plate, studying the seeds of plants grown on the farm, learning about their unique differences. Through a guided tour, students will see plants in different stages of their reproduction and their life cycle, relating this knowledge to our choices about what we eat in which season, and why that may be. As always, there's a chance for hands to get dirty after visiting our seed field, where we experiment with seed saving different varieties and understanding local adaptations. Students will harvest or plant seeds to take home and plant in their own gardens or patios.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Whether it’s spring, summer, or fall, there’s constantly more to discover at Loutet Farm! Seasonally, we cultivate vegetables, fruit, and flowers, both for market production and seed saving. Students will learn about the unique growing conditions that come with living in a temperate rainforest, and how we work with the seasons and adapt to changes. You’ll get a chance to identify and taste what we’re currently harvesting and learn about the organic, low-till methods we employ on the North Shore’s first urban farm. Food literacy, life cycles, and farm systems are best learned through hands-on exploration... no matter the season, your hands will be getting dirty!

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Come on a journey through time, and learn about the martial history of knights and duellists.

Far from armoured brutes wildly hacking and smashing their enemies, the knights and duellists of the middle ages and renaissance were highly trained martial artists.  Skilled not only with swords, but also with daggers and spears, in and out of armour, on foot and on horseback.

A team of presenters from the Academie Duello will host your students, or travel to your school.  And over the course of an hour describe the martial arts of medieval and renaissance Italy with live demonstartions, a recreation of a medieval judicial duel, and a Q&A period at the end of the presentation.

 

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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En garde!

Immerse your students in the middle ages and renaissance, with a lesson in the arts of knightly combat.

Swordplay is a great special program to offer as part of your physical education classes as a single session or an ongoing series. We combine historical swordplay skills with modern physical conditioning techniques in a way that will excite your kids to move. We have had great results engaging students who usually have a hard time in phys.ed. and have found that even push-ups are exciting when swordplay is the reward.

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4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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Based on the BC curriculum, Stillwood's Outdoor Eduation Program is designed to take classroom learning outside in a practical and hands-on approach. Our aim is to help students learn in the outdoors while applying critical thinking and problem solving, as well as developing teambuilding and leadership skills. The Program can cover a broad variety of subjects, particularly science, mathematics and geography, and also encourages the development of critical thinking and analysis skills. 

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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No
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West Coast NEST offers extraordinary outdoor learning experiences on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We work with community partners in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region to offer unique, enriching, multi-day outdoor academic experiences for your students. Hands-on educational programs are customized to meet your learning objectives, and cover topics such as Indigenous culture, nature, sustainability, science, language, history, outdoor education, and art.

Connect with us to develop a customized itinerary for your group, orient your group upon arrival, and serve as a point of contact prior to and during your stay on the West Coast.

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, this river journey will take your group through approximately 20 kilometers of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness in the stunning Tantalus Mountain Range less than an hour away from the city.
This is a full-day event suitable for all experience levels. Check-in time in Squamish is 8:30am for a 9am start, and return time to the rafting base at 2:30pm.
*Please contact us if you need a customized itinerary!

Duration: 
Full Day
For Grades: 
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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No
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Come up to Squamish for a great day of fun adventures. Students will enjoy the morning working together in teams on challenges seen on the popular TV series. Then, after a delicious lunch, it’s time for a scenic river experience on our kid-friendly Cheakamus Splash river trip.
Have a really large group? In the morning while one half are doing Survivor, the other half will hop on the river. Then they’ll swap!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 2-hour SURVIVOR event
  • 1-hour LUNCH break
  • 3-hour CHEAKAMUS river adventure
  • PHOTOS of the day

This is a full-day event. Check-in time in Squamish is 9:30am for a 10am Survivor start time, lunch is at 12pm, and the Cheakamus river trip begins at 1pm. Finish and departure time from Squamish will be approximately 4:30pm.
*Please contact us if you need a customized itinerary!

Duration: 
Full Day
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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From the Bronze Age to the First World War, the sword has a rich and diverse history in Europe.  

Come to Academie Duello's downtown studio and take a tour through our museuem, where students will spend an hour learning about the evolution of the sword from simple bronze age knives, to the knightly longsword, to the slender rapier, all the way to the sabres issued to cavalry regiments in the first world war.  There will also be a look at the way the fighting manual changed, with reproductions and first edition manuscripts, and a chance to try on armour too!

After a short break and chance to handle some swords and armour, students will take to the floor under the tutelage of a senior instructor and an assistant, and learn some swordplay!  The lesson will be an hour long, and will cover the basics of stance, movement, attack, and defence, and will conclude with a fencing bout between the instructors. 

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For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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Offered In French: 
No
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Do your students have challenging questions about space science and astronomy? We might have the answers! Connect your students with our staff so we can share their passion and knowledge with them through a 45-minute video Skype session. Your virtual field trip will include a short demonstration related to one of the themes below and a Q & A session with our staff. 

A Day in a Dangerous Place Called Space

This video Skype presentation introduces students to the world of the International Space Station where astronauts live and work. We investigate the differences between living and working on Earth versus the microgravity environment of the ISS and highlight the challenges involved in exploring the extreme environment of space. Available Monday to Friday 8:30am - 10:00am (Pacific Standard Time).

Let's Talk about the Universe

For a more in-depth look at the science of astronomy, our curious staff are ready for your questions. From black holes to dark matter, to the origins of the Universe, we can customize a session based on your learning objectives and the topics that you're most interested in. Available anytime.

Duration: 
45
For Grades: 
1, 4, 6
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Offered In French: 
No
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The West Vancouver Yacht Club offers Introductory Dinghy Sailing Classes to schools for Grades 3 through 12. The goal of the program is to promote safe boating while exposing as many kids as possible to a recreational water-sport like sailing. Living on the west coast, it's important that students learn how to act safely and responsibly around the water. Sailing is the perfect medium to learn about safe boating, and, of course, an exciting and memorable way to begin or end the school year. Classes of up to 30 students can enroll in courses tailored for your needs, with special attention paid to the age of the students and time available for learning. There are several class structures to choose from, please contact our Sailing Director for details. All classes are taught by Sail Canada certified instructors who are trained to make sailing both fun and safe. The boats used for elementary aged sailors will be Optimists and high school sailors will use a Flying Junior. All equipment including PFD's (life jackets) is included. Courses are offered from May through June and September. A minimum of 15 students are required for each class. This is a great opportunity to give students a taste of the exciting sport of sailing and water safety.

Duration: 
Full Day
For Grades: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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Offered In French: 
No
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Format: Online kit available at http://nvma.ca/education/online/

Secondary level students will critically analyze both archival and contemporary newspaper articles relating to aboriginal rights and land title in British Columbia. This program presents the story of native activism in the mid-twentieth century through the lens of one individual (Maisie Hurley, 1887-1962), founder of the Native Voice newspaper.

This program has been organized with the Squamish Nation Education Department and made possible in part through a grant from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

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For Grades: 
10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Fridays | October 4, 2019 - June 19, 2020 

Join us to uncover the complexity of the BC coastline. Students are immersed into the ideas of interconnection, ecosystems, water cycles and shoreline wildlife, inspired by Coastal Indigenous artworks. Using printmaking, stamping, drawing, and collage, students develop individual mixed-media works that contribute to a group classroom ecosystem project.

Duration: 
Full Day
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No

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