Wildsight educator Lee-Anne Walker leads Classroom With Outdoors field trips in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass.

Eco field trips wrap with happy kids

Nearly 300 students from Fernie, Sparwood and Jaffray participated in Wildsight's Classroom With Outdoors.

  • Jul. 25, 2012 4:00 p.m.

What involves countless sandwiches, generous slathers of sunscreen, dozens of bus trips, and the science of wetlands, grasslands and forests?

Wildsight’s Classroom With Outdoors! Another season of eco-field trips for Grade 4 to 7 kids has just wrapped up.

In the Elk Valley, nearly 300 students from Fernie, Sparwood, and Jaffray participated in the field trips in May and June.

“Wildsight’s 10 educators just delivered 70 programs to approximately 1,750 kids across the Columbia Basin,” said Monica Nissen, Wildsight’s Education in the Wild manager. “The trips offer experiential, science-based learning about ecology and help kids connect with wild natural places in the region.”

Nissen said this year—the program’s twelfth—has been a great success.

The field trips aren’t the beginning or end of the Classroom With Outdoors program, said Nissen. “We provide teachers with pre-trip curriculum they can use to introduce their students to the key concepts before we head out for the trips.

“We also provide follow-up curriculum. That way, teachers are able to round out the learning and students learn more of the science to meet their grade-level requirements.”

“As school lets out, parents can encourage outdoor play and exploration with their kids,” Nissen said.

“It’s simply a matter of giving kids lots of opportunities to play outside in wild spaces, whether those are a backyard or one of the amazing provincial regional or national parks that surround us.”

Nissen says Classroom With Outdoors brings science learning to life.

“We’re so pleased to support kids in our communities to get outside during the last weeks of school to learn valuable lessons in a hands-on, experiential way,” Nissen said. “We acknowledge the sponsors who helped us to make this happen, and encourage parents to create opportunities for nature play and discovery throughout the summer months.”

 

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