Stepping into Nature

Last updated on
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Program Description

Stepping into Nature is a full-day, outdoor education program that gives grade 6&7 elementary school students a chance to spend time outside learning about their environment and what we can do to protect it.

The goals of the Festival are:
1. To reconnect students with their natural environments,
2. To showcase careers in environmental science and education
3. To build community support and awareness of local environmental groups and their respective activities and missions
4. To support youth in the development of leadership skills

Inspired by Richard Louv’s famous book, The Last Child in the Woods, the festival reminds students to shut off technology and reconnect with nature in a meaningful way. The Stepping into Nature Festival has been developed using latest developments in environmental education - transformative pedagogies and environmental inquiry - to build on children’s natural curiosity of the world.

Students will complete unique activity stations within the Delta Nature Reserve and along Lower Cougar Creek  featuring interactive and hands-on activities linking curricular content and competencies to best practices in outdoor education.

                   ​Festival Topics Include:

           - Peatlands and wetlands                       - Species Adaptations and Biodiversity
           - Ecological Restoration                          - Ecosystems and Interactions
           - Indigenous worldviews                         - Human Impact
           - Species at risk & habitat loss               - Ecological Services

    Themes are aligned with current grade 6/7 BC Science and Social Studies Core Competencies.

Click HERE to download a poster for teachers at your school!

             EVENT DETAILS

WHERE:    The Delta Nature Reserve (Planet Ice Parking Lot)
                    Get directions using the address: 10389 Nordel Court.

DATE:       October 2, 3, 4 or 5, 2018 (choose one)

TIME:        9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

PRICE:      $10 per student (minimum registration: 20 students per group; maximum registration: 30 students per group)

* Transportation to and from the Stepping into Nature Festival is not included in the price listed above. Additional support may be available for schools that demonstrate financial need.

Big Ideas
  • 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.
  • Complex global problems require international cooperation to make difficult choices for the future.
  • 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.
  • Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people.
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    6, 7
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    Full Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
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    Transportation costs are not included in the price of this activity.

    Teachers and parent chaperones attend for free.