Recognizing the growing body of evidence regarding the developmental significance of contact with nature and its positive impact on children’s physical and mental well-being, School District No. 27 will offer a Nature Kindergarten program beginning in September 2016.

The School District No. 27 Nature Kindergarten Program will be a program of choice which will integrate the provincial full-day Kindergarten program into an outdoor environment located in the Secwepemc territory on Scout Island. Learning activities take place outdoors and in the classroom in Scout Island Nature Centre on a regular basis. Regardless of the locale, all students participate in carefully planned activities that support their intellectual, emotional, social, artistic, aesthetic and physical development, just as in our regular Kindergarten programs. Children are involved in thoughtfully planned and presented learning experiences which promote: discovery, play, exploration, environmental stewardship and Aboriginal ways of learning and knowing.