Galiano Eco-Safari (Gr.11-12)

Last updated on
Monday, September 17th, 2018
Program Description

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)

Big Ideas
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • The motions of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems.
  • Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
  • Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.
  • Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes.
  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
  • Trip Details
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    Full Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
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    Minimum group size: 15 students, please contact us if you would like to bring a group smaller than this size. 

    Need a ride? Book our bus! Bus fees are roundtrip! Bus is bookable with any of our day and overnight programs. Our bus capacity is 54 children or 36 adults. Bringing a large group? Please contact us for more information on transportation options. 

    Need financial aid? Apply to our bursary fund here: 

    • Program Fee Bursary: For one-day programs we can provide up to a $12 bursary per student toward program fees. For multi-day programs, the amount we grant is based on the organization’s need, and may cover up to 30% of program costs.
    • Travel Bursary: We can provide a travel bursary for up to 100% of your bus transportation on Galiano Island.
    Additional Notes

    This program is offered on Galiano Island, British-Columbia.

    Galiano Island is located midway between Vancouver and Victoria in the beautiful Strait of Georgia. It is part of the Southern Gulf Islands and has a population of approximately 1000 people.

    As such, it is the perfect location for outdoor, environmental education. Galiano Island is easily accessible by ferry from Tsawwassen terminal on the mainland or from Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island.

    For ferry times and reservations call BC Ferries toll free at 1-888-223-3779 or in Victoria at (250) 386-3431.