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Program Description & Details

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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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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Gain experience through meaningful and hands-on learning!

Located in the heart of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, Cheakamus Centre provides outstanding full or half-day educator workshops focusing on indigenous and environmental learning. These experiential workshops are designed for a wide range of groups including K-12 teachers and administrators, outdoor centre program leaders, post-secondary program groups, and other adult educators interested in broadening their understanding of indigenous and place-based learning.

Learn more:

https://cheakamuscentre.ca/programs/educator-workshops

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Students follow the lives of three children that attended Cloverdale Elementary for a whole school year (1910-1911). From the exciting arrival of the first BC Electric Railway train to the Surrey Agricultural Fair, students discover what life was like in Surrey’s old city center more than a hundred years ago. The Edukit tells the story of Nathaniel Hunter, Ruth Isabel White, Cecil Heppell and their families, and includes storybook, touchable artifacts, comprehensive teachers’ notes and suggested extension activities. Three week loan/ $50

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Engage your students and their creativity by bringing this educational trunk into your classroom. Students will engage with natural materials that Indigenous people used in building their rich culture. Everything is engaging in this new kit, from precious Coast Salish ‘tools’ to visual aids in order to transform students back in time.

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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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Go back in time as you journey through song and story with resident storytellers of Sts'ailes Indian band. Learn how snowshoeing was critical to survival & the history/culture of the local aboriginal people.

Day Trip or Overnight Adventure available!

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A forest’s story is written on the landscape.

We will compare two forests—one healthy, one in restoration—analyzing their feeling, understory, size, spacing and soil. In an interactive teaching train students are encouraged to share with one another knowledge about various plant communities and ecosystem dynamics. A guided hike to beautiful Pebble Beach illustrates the complexity of an undisturbed forest, while a walk to our restoration forests displays the noticeable contrast between the two forest types. A lesson on the purpose of restoration is coupled with with the hands-on learning of restoration practices – together we will pull a tree down in the densely planted forest to create light gaps so other species can grow.

Join us for an interactive look at carbon sequestration, forest complexity and the climate resilience of our West Coast forest ecosystems!

Curriculum link: Humans can play a role in conservation and restoration of ecosystems (Gr.11)

For elementary groups (Gr. 5-7): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/coastal-forests-pebble-beach-gr-5-7/

For high school groups (Gr. 8-12): https://galianoconservancy.ca/product/coastal-forests-8-12/

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Students roll up their sleeves to assess, interpret and analyze archival documents and hands-on artifacts related to seven people of varied genders, ages, and ethnic backgrounds who lived in Surrey during World War One. The Chinese head tax, Komagata Maru incident and German internment are just a few of the challenging social and political issues during this time period that this teaching kit covers.
Three week loan / $50

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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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Interpretive programs: Join Manning Park Resort’s Naturalists and guest speakers for entertaining and educational programs at the Lightning Lake Amphitheatre, the Alpine Meadows and at various locations throughout the park. Interpretive programs are available by request for groups.

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Nordic: At Manning Park Resort, Nordic skiers can explore over 60 km of classic and skate ski groomed trails, as well as 160 km of backcountry trails. This is cross-country skiing at its finest—in forests and valleys, with a scenic mountain backdrop. Equipment rentals and lessons are available. The Nordic Centre also offers guided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing tours. 


Snowshoeing at Manning Park Resort is a fun and adventurous way to get into the park. With access to over 300km of trails for individuals of all abilities, individuals new to snowshoeing can follow marked trails through the surrounding forest.  Equipment rentals are available.

Guided excursions: We offer both day and evening excursions with our friendly and knowledgeable guides. Prices are based on group numbers, and packages are available with or without rental equipment.

Ice Skating: Ice skating at Manning Park Resort is available to all our guests when our outdoor rink is open. We also have everything you need to rent for a day of skating or a rousing game of hockey, including skates, hockey sticks, helmets and soft pucks. To protect guest safety, hard pucks are not permitted on the rink.  See our friendly staff at the Nordic Centre for all equipment rentals. Please note that access to the outdoor rink is weather dependent. The ice rink can be reserved exclusively by request. 

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