Outdoor Field School

Offered by
West Coast NEST
Last updated on
Monday, September 11th, 2017
Program Description

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.

Big Ideas
  • Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials.
  • Plants and animals have observable features.
  • The motion of objects depends on their properties.
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
  • Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape.
  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
  • Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment.
  • All matter is made of particles.
  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
  • Thermal energy can be produced and transferred.
  • Wind, water, and ice change the shape of the land.
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • 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.
  • Elements consist of one type of atom, and compounds consist of atoms of different elements chemically combined.
  • Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • Energy can be transferred as both a particle and a wave.
  • Life processes are performed at the cellular level.
  • Cells are derived from cells.
  • Electric current is the flow of electric charge.
  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.
  • We experience many changes in our lives that influence how we see ourselves and others.
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of others connects us to our community.
  • Healthy relationships can help us lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
  • Our communities are diverse and made of individuals who have a lot in common.
  • Rights, roles, and responsibilities shape our identity and help us build healthy relationships with others.
  • Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
  • Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.
  • Our rights, roles, and responsibilities are important for building strong communities.
  • We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.
  • Canada is made up of many diverse regions and communities.
  • Individuals have rights and responsibilities as global citizens.
  • Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences.
  • Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.
  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
  • Demographic changes in North America created shifts in economic and political power.
  • Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
  • The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.
  • Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.
  • Canadian institutions and government reflect the challenge of our regional diversity.
  • Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity.
  • Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
  • Economic self-interest can be a significant cause of conflict among peoples and governments.
  • Economic specialization and trade networks can lead to conflict and cooperation between societies.
  • Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations.
  • Increasingly complex societies required new systems of laws and government.
  • Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • Contacts and conflicts between peoples stimulated significant cultural, social, political change.
  • Exploration, expansion, and colonization had varying consequences for different groups.
  • Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
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    Additional Notes

    West Coast NEST offers multiday outdoor field school opportunities for learners of all ages. Groups of all sizes can be accomodated.