Outdoor Education

Course Overview

Covering many core components such as weather, geology, west coast history, astronomy and biology, this section of the program forms a solid learning basis for the important features found in the outdoors. As we discover the intricacies of the natural world, we gain a whole new appreciation for the planet on which we live and those with whom we share it.

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Geology

We look at the various rock formations of our area as we come to appreciate the numerous geological processes that are unique to this part of the country. We access and study various stones, minerals and gems during field trips, and gain an expanded knowledge of local geology. 

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weather

This class covers a whole array of weather topics such as clouds, storms and weather patterns, warm and cold fronts as well as barometric pressures, outflow winds and mountain weather.  We will also look into various phenomena such as tornadoes, waterspouts and hurricanes.

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Wildlife biology

We live with an abundance of wildlife all around us, and learning about these various animals is both informative and inspiring. We’ll study many of our common neighbours such as bears, cougars, moose and elk, as well as some lesser known yet fascinating species.


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Astronomy

An amazing class! We review some of the familiar science of our solar system, then head out to deep space as we talk about a host of objects, from nebulae, super giants, and novas to neutron stars, white dwarfs and black holes. Our outside study will include using a telescope and locating constellations.

History & Culture

The west coast of British Columbia is rich in First Nation culture as well as historical exploration from around the world. This class brings us back to the early 1700’s when outside trading began in these parts and how it has shaped the province ever since.

Trees, Plants & Flowers

Who hasn’t wanted to be able to identify a species of pine, or a beautiful alpine flower? This class covers a variety of plant life using slides and pictures in addition to hands on field work and sample collection.


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Environmental Stewardship

Sustaining the world in which we live can be a challenge when we are surrounded by multiple deficient models, and conflicting data only seems to make matters worse. Learn how we can make a lasting impact on a personal level and influence our communities to care for our environment.

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Charts & Maps

This class covers marine charts and topographical maps and helps students get a strong grasp of terms, symbols, and abbreviations as they relate to longitudes, bearings, chart datum, as well as an understanding of contour lines, scales, elevations, and UTM grids as they apply to land travel.