ABOUT VANCOUVER OUTDOOR SCHOOL

About Us

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Our Belief Statements

We believe learning needs to be flexible, intentional, student-centred and inspiring.

Our Core Competenices

Learn what Wonder. Wisdom. Work. means to us.

About Us

 

We are professional educators and experienced guides that offer pre-designed packages or customized programs based on your budget and goals. We deliver these learning experiences in the classroom, neighbourhood, at a traditional camp or as an overnight expedition. Core Competencies are met for any grade, and there will always be direct communication with you, the parents and the administrators.

Jeff Willis, Program & Development
While being privileged to work within an amazing inner-city school, Jeff’s eyes and heart were fully opened to the importance of providing outdoor educational experiences, leadership training and connection with nature to the most deserving kids. It became clear to Jeff that all children and youth were being negatively impacted by the lack of access and opportunity to the great outdoor classroom.

Since then, Jeff has set out to make outdoor education a school, community, parent and individual priority.

Jeff’s passion for experiential outdoor learning, education and community work is linked to:

Jess Dick

Jess Dick will forever be grateful for her rural Alberta start to life. She grew up on horseback where she quickly developed a sense of adventure, a strong work ethic and connection to the outdoors. Years later, Jess climbed down from the saddle and onto the volleyball court. An amazing opportunity to play university ball arose in New Hampshire, USA where she graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science: Soil and Watershed Management.

India called Jess after graduation where she volunteered for 6 months; this one way ticket resulted in six years in numerous Asian countries, where she worked as an ESL teacher, SCUBA Divemaster, travel writer and experiential education instructor. During her time abroad, Jess found a deeper connection to the environment, a greater understand of self and a burning passion to share her knowledge with others. With a recent transition back to Canada, Jess wants to better understand, support, grow and explore the local cultures.

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 Our Belief Statements

 

  • We believe learning needs to be flexible, intentional, student-centred and inspiring.
  • We believe that curriculum needs to relevant and experiential.
  • We believe the earth is the greatest teacher and classroom.
  • We believe you are never too young to be a steward of the earth, and a responsible citizen.
  • We believe kids, families and adults should play, learn, and explore in the outdoors, while learning to respect each other and the world.
  • We believe we are responsible for making the world a better place through service, education and being. Whether this means picking up litter, or performing random acts of kindness, we fuel our learning days with caring.
  • We believe are all connected spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.
  • We believe Indigenous people have rightful title to the land and to their culture. We also believe we have much to learn from Indigenous people, and their thousands of years of teaching and sharing experience.
  • We believe you have an entire lifetime to be an adult and a short time to be a kid. That’s why we strive to provide kids (and adults, too!) with the ultimate “kid experience!”

Wonder. Wisdom. Work.
Core Competencies

Personal Awareness & Responsibility

Self-determination
Self-regulation
Well-being

Critical Thinking

Analyze and critique
Question and investigate
Develop and design

Positive Personal & Cultural Identity

Relationship and cultural contexts
Personal values and choice
Personal strengths and abilities

Creative Thinking

Novelty and value
Generating ideas
Developing ideas

Social Responsibility

Contribute to community and care for the environment
Solving problems in peaceful ways
Value diversity
Build relationships

Communication

Connect and engage with others
Collaborate to plan, carry out, and review constructions and activities
Explain/recount and reflect on experiences and accomplishments

Past Projects

Camp Suzuki 2015 – 2017

Upcoming Opportunities:

Invite the VOS Team to visit your school!

We’ll ask questions about your outdoor education needs and wishes, assess your facilities and brainstorm programming options with you. Contact us at info@vancouveroutdoorschool.com to arrange a time.