Vancouver Outdoor School 

Field School Junior and High School

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Following Outdoor Council of Canada’s School Age COVID-19 principles and best practices, Vancouver Outdoor School (VOS) is offering a unique outdoor experiential-based Junior High and High School “Field School” to support families seeking outdoor learning opportunities, personalized support services and led outdoor activities (LOA) for their learners.

We believe our Junior High (ages 12 – 14) and High School (ages 15 – 18) Field School is a reflection of how we can provide outdoor connections, skill-building training, certification and mentoring throughout the school year. Our Field School is a pilot project with parents as important stakeholders in their youth’s learning and the VOS team working as the primary and multi-layer service provider. 

Vancouver Outdoor School Field School is a: mobile, inquiry-driven, immersive outdoor led, hands-on, adaptive & responsive to a learner’s multiple interests, family needs and shared goals.

We are all about striving to promote a learner’s sense of curiosity, academic interest and becoming more self-propelled. 

Learning Expedition Journeys: 

(* dates and locations are subject to change depending on the PHO restrictions)

Learning Expedition Journey #1: 

Connecting Independence, Nature and Inquiry Learning 

Location: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, Sechelt BC

Dates: TBA

Outdoor Skills and Experiences: Outdoor Survival Skills, Gourmet Cooking, Knife Skills, Introduction to Orienteering. 

Learning Expedition Journey #2

Forest to Mountains Expedition – Welcoming and Building Safe Sense of Community 

Location: Golden Ears Provincial Park 

Dates: TBA

Outdoor Skills and Experiences: Canoe Certification (RCABC Certification), Hiking Golden Ears Trails, Forest Medicines, Indigenous Perspectives of Learning, Forest Biology (Introduction). 

Learning Expedition Journey #3: 

Relevant Relationships With Community and Climate Change Education Part One

Connecting Independence, Nature and Inquiry Learning 

Location: Homeplace, Galiano Island 

Dates: TBA

Outdoor Skills and Experiences: Renewable Energy Studies, Climate Change Education, Sustainable Living, Social-Emotional Learning.

Learning Expedition Journey #4:

Relevant Relationships With Community and Climate Change Education Part Two

Location: Camp Squeah – Hope, BC

Dates: TBA

Outdoor Skills and Experiences: Indigenous Education, Introduction to Winter Wilderness Skills, Snowshoeing, Forest Medicines, Reflective Exercises.

Learning Expedition Journey #5:

Celebration, Readiness and End of Semester Final Project 

Location: Fireside Lodge, Whistler BC

Dates: TBA

Outdoor Skills and Experiences: Presenting the final project, Tour Whistler, Wilderness Winter Skills cont, Wilderness First Aid Certification. 

Field School Information:

 

Number of participants: Maximum 13 ( *fingers-crossed)

Ages: Junior High (ages 12-14) & High School (ages 15-18)

Field School Fee Structure: 200+ hours of instruction October – December 2020 

Sliding Fee Scale Option: 

  • 8+ youth learners $2941.00 + GST ($140.00 per day)
  • 7 youth learners $3362.14 ($160.00 per day)
  • 5-6 youth learners $3930+ GST ($187.00 per day)

Fees Includes:

  • 200+ hours of instruction 
  • 20 hour Wilderness First Aid Course.
  • Admission fees (ie. First Aid Certification) 
  • Allie Livesey – lead instructor and one male instructor and supported by VOS team
  • Group outdoor equipment (i.e. cooking equipment, snowshoes, canoes) 
  • Field Guide Workbook 
  • Daily updates through parent WhatsApp group 

Our outdoor education services and programming are a financial investment putting your learner’s academic potential, self-efficacy, sense of community and social-life skills as a priority. 

Not Included In the fees: 

  • Laptop and school supplies if required on expeditions 
  • Academic assessment 
  • Tutoring
  • Local travel 

Registration Process:

 

Step One – Contact Allie Livesey at 1-604-848-5832 at Vancouver Outdoor School to learn more about the Field School. The best learning happens when we start off building a direct and personable relationship with each other. 

Step Two – Our office (office@vancouveroutdoorschool.com) will send you a link to our online registration system. You can register and pay for the first month. 

Step Three – Our office will send you a welcome package, link to WhatsApp and you’ll get a call from us the evening before your learner starts the next day. 

Wonder. Wisdom. Wellness.

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What we are not:

● We are not a certified school that can provide direct teaching to meet ministry standards. We are also not replacing traditional schools, as we believe they are excellent places to learn.
● We are not a glorified babysitting service or an extended summer day camp program.

However, we aim to work closely with parents who are homeschooling or providing distance learning and/or working directly with their child’s public school to support students staying on track with their academic needs. We noticed a gap in what the public school can offer this year and we would like to offer families an alternative to their children’s learning through an experiential learning approach.

Notice:

The locations and activities are subject to change depending on the weather and the Coronavirus situation. We kindly ask parents and children for your flexibility and understanding as we will adapt and make changes as required for the safety of your children and our staff.

Other Resources:

1. For more information about our VOS Field School Overview, please click here: Highschool Field Studies Course Overview

2. For more information about our COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here: VOS Covid-19 Guidelines (1)

3. Day Program Guidelines:

We will be following the “COVID-19 PRINCIPLES AND EMERGING PRACTICES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL AGE LED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES”  guidelines established by the Outdoor Council of Canada. To read these guidelines, please click here.

In addition, we will also be following the BC Centre for Disease Control’s “COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings”. These guidelines can be found here.