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Program Description & Details

Wild & immersive's Wild Youth program offers affordable and adjustable outdoor programming for school and youth groups. Whether youth participate in our half-day, full-day, or overnight programs, we create scaleable learning environments that strengthen connections and passions for the outdoors.

All programs are UBC staffed and customized within the framework of current curriculum standards. All deliverables are rooted to clear learning outcomes and will complement your indoor teachings.

In real time, teachers and officials can participate as much or as little as they choose, but are required to make decisions from our mix & match programming ahead of time.

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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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No
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2 days/one night 

The year is 1865 – the height of the Gold Rush in BC.  Immerse your students in a two-day living history program where they will spend their days living the life of a gold rush miner.  Bring your own period costume and join our lively staff as your students stake their claim, choose their equipment, make their supper and sleep in a miner’s tent. Join us for an unforgettable experience.  Our Miner’s Overnight Program targets the grade 5/6 curriculum requirements but is easily adapted to older grades.  This program includes supper and an evening snack on the first day, and breakfast and bagged lunch on the second day.  Teacher’s Information package is available upon booking.

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Sometimes shocking. Mostly fascinating. Always entertaining. Students tour both sites and learn about gender roles, expectations, and rites of passage for young people during the Gold Rush era.

Students will visit an original Roadhouse, ride a horse drawn wagon or stagecoach, and explore a Secwepemc village.

You can also select ONE of the following activities to include: Games of the Secwepemc, Gold Panning, Arrowhead hunt/Necklace making, Dancing, or Sklulukh (Bannock on a stick).

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Half Day
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7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is filled with objects and stories, perfect for multi-sensory learning. Topics include life in Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644), immigration to British Columbia, inventions, and festivals and holidays. We offer programs for all ages, and our school programs support BC provincial curriculum.

For programs and their curricular connections, please view the 2018-2019 Field Trip brochure.

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https://www.alouetteriver.org/school-programs

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Grade: Grades 3 - 7 (please be advised this workshop is not suitable for younger grades)
Cost: $75

Purpose:

Our streams and rivers are home to dozens of different species of aquatic insects. ARMS instructors will collect the river critters and bring them to your classroom where students will actively identify and view the bugs with microscopes and magnifying glasses. Students will learn how important diversity is to our water systems and the impact we humans have on our watersheds.

 

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90
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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https://www.alouetteriver.org/school-programs

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Ages: Grades Pre K – 3.  This workshop can be adapted for Grades 4-12. Grades 5-12 can include a fish dissection in the fall.
Cost: $75

Purpose:

The different types of Pacific Salmon and their lifecycle are introduced in this program. Students will participate in interactive demonstrations and activities and will come away with an understanding of the trials and tribulations that salmon must face on their journey homeward. The program will include discussion of actions that the students and their families can do to protect salmon and their habitat.  In the fall it can include a fish dissection for Grades 5-12 onsite at the Allco Fish Hatchery.

 

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90
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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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How it works: 

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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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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https://www.alouetteriver.org/school-programs

Duration: 1.5 hours

Grade: 3 - 7

Purpose:  Dissect an owl pellet, reconstruct its skeleton, look at the owl food chain!  Discussion: what happens if we disturb, or disrupt owl food chain, how does this explain why species become endangered?  

Cost per group:  $75 including the owl pellets and dissection equipment

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90
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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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.

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/galiano-survivor-eco-challenge/

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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.”

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/backcountry-experience/

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Full Day
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4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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Offered In French: 
No
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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.

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/renewable-energy/

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4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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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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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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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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Duration: 
Full Day
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4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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