Overnight - Back Country Experience (Gr 4.+)

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

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/

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.
  • 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.
  • Daily participation in physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels benefits all aspects of our well-being.
  • Developing healthy relationships helps us feel connected, supported, and valued.
  • Knowing what we enjoy doing and knowing about our opportunities to participate in those activities helps us develop an active lifestyle.
  • Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • Understanding ourselves and the various aspects of health helps us develop a balanced lifestyle.
  • Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • Developing healthy relationships helps us feel connected, supported, and valued.
  • Knowing what we enjoy doing and knowing about our opportunities to participate in those activities helps us develop an active lifestyle
  • Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • Understanding ourselves and the various aspects of health helps us develop a balanced lifestyle.
  • Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.
  • Physical literacy and fitness contribute to our success in and enjoyment of physical activity.
  • We experience many changes in our lives that influence how we see ourselves and others.
  • Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.
  • Physical literacy and fitness contribute to our success in and enjoyment of physical activity
  • 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.
  • Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Healthy relationships can help us lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
  • Lifelong participation in physical activity has many benefits and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of others connects us to our community.
  • Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Healthy relationships can help us lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
  • Lifelong participation in physical activity has many benefits and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Trip Details
    City: 
    For Grades: 
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
    Duration: 
    Full Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Packages Provided: 
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    $199.00
    Cost Per Adult: 
    $0.00
    Fee Notes: 

    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 camping gear? We've got you covered! Camping gear fee is included in the Back Country Experience Program! Please contact us to let us know what gear you need! 

    Need financial aid? Apply to our bursary fund here: https://galianoconservancy.ca/bursaries-financial-aid-field-trip/ 

    • 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.