Overnight - Forest Forensics Field School (Gr. 11+)

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

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.


Big Ideas
  • Learning how to learn prepares us to be lifelong learners who can adapt to changing career opportunities.
  • Successful career and education paths require planning, evaluating, and adapting.
  • Complex tasks require different technologies and tools at different stages.
  • Complex tasks require the sequencing of skills.
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    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 camping gear? Rent from us! Check out our gear inventory here: https://galianoconservancy.ca/product-category/gear/

    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.