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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

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/advanced-restoration-field-school-...

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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.

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/forest-forensics-restoration-field...

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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)

https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/galiano-eco-safari-grades-8-12/

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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.

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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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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Step back to Fort Langley, a trading post built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827, to trade with the Indigenous people of this land. As you explore the historic site on this guided tour, learn about the culture of the Indigenous people and the early fur traders.

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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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Wednesday: October 2, 2019 – June 17, 2020

Imagine, balance, construct, and combine materials to engineer an exciting mini city. Students learn about physics and connecting techniques they can use to support their structures. Elements of colour, pattern, and recycled materials encourage students to get creative. Focus can be adjusted- perhaps a realistic, futuristic, space-age or environmentally sensitive city could fit your curriculum.

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Tuesdays | October 1, 2019 – June 15, 2020 

Thursdays | October 3, 2019 - June 17, 2020

Discover the Gallery’s Permanent Art Collections, focusing on handmade prints by First Nation artists. Using real artworks from the collection, students will make comparisons of the different techniques and elements of meaning in the works. The class will consider the significance of the ecosystem and environment which are represented in the selected First Nations works. Students will create their own art piece inspired by their connection with the environment and explore how different mediums work together.

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Students journey along the water’s edge, between volcanic walls, and among forest groves where they meet iconic native and exotic species. These budding naturalists will connect with their environment, use their senses to develop observational skills, understand the role of humans - including First Peoples - in ecosystems, and participate in storytelling and interactive games.

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In this new program students explore the process of erosion by investigating the Fraser River. Using a stream table, the class will build a re-creation of the Fraser River. They will us scientific inquiry to hypothesize changes over time. Students will spend a good portion of the day outdoors examining sections of the Fraser River in order to draw conclusions. Students will learn why this waterway is significant to Canadian history by examining the ecological environment and community around it.

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In this improved program, learners are invited to observe and interact with the local ecosystem along the Fraser River. Through game play, hands-on activities and experiments students will gain a deep understanding of the natural environment around them. Classes will be exposed to some essential ecological concepts such as biodiversity and adaptations through sensory-rich explorations.

 

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