Cariboo Chilcotin Outdoor Classrooms Comprise of the Following Components
- Nature Kindergarten
- Grade 7 Outdoor Academy
- Grade 11 and 12 Independent Studies Environmental Stewardship Course
- Outdoor Education Resources
Outdoor Education Resource Teacher
School District #27’s Outdoor Education Resource Teacher supports the numerous initiatives in the district that are utilizing the outdoors for student learning. This is accomplished through various activities including supporting the Grade 7 Outdoor Academy and Nature Kindergarten, facilitating teacher inquiries, resource development, and building partnerships with local and provincial outdoor learning organizations. This position is a result of a long standing partnership between the Williams Lake Field Naturalist, Scout Island Nature Centre and the Cariboo Chilcotin School District.
Columneetza Outdoor Education Program
The Grade 7 Outdoor program of choice gives students the opportunity to spend part of their Grade 7 year learning in their community and local natural areas. Students spend one day a week off the school site; a community learning day. These days are structured so that students build on in-school learning through community experiences and hands-on learning, primarily outside. Examples of community learning activities students may engage in are citizen science projects like Project Feederwatch, learning basic First Aid, visiting farms/ranches where carbon sequestering agricultural practices are being used, cross country skiing at Bull Mountain, learning how to build an emergency shelter, plant and bird identification, nature journaling, learning Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in or Dakelh knowledge or setting up a bear safe campsite. Students also do experiments, different forms of writing and Math outside that deepens their understanding of Grade 7 curriculum.
If you have a child interested in enrolling in the Grade 7 Outdoor Ed program, download an application from this website and submit it to Lakecity Secondary, Columneetza Campus by June 1st. These can also be submitted through SD27 Students need to answer the questions on the application and include the contact of their elementary school principal and Grade 6 teacher to have a complete application. Applications filled out by parents for a student will be automatically disqualified. Students with suitable applications will be entered to the program based on a lottery system. Students who do not have suitable applications will not be considered. Students are accepted based on their interest in the program and ability to meet safety standards, it is not based on academics, physical fitness or financial ability. There is a nominal fee to be enrolled in this program. Families that find this to be a barrier to enrolling their child are given support through the school. If you have questions about the application or selection process, contact the Lakecity Secondary principal at 250-392-4158.
- Ideas for Winter Fun in Williams Lake
- Ideas for Summer Fun
- Outdoor Classroom Management – Teacher Guide
- Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – Brief Program Overview
- Application Form for Grade 7 Outdoor Education Program at Columneetza
Outdoor Education Activities
Emergency Shelter Building
Chunoz ch’ed Campsite
Making Needle Baskets
Picking Potatoes on Chunoz ch’ed
Till Lake Ski Out