Vancouver Outdoor School Fall
After six months of isolation and semi-isolation, Covid-19 has made a tremendous impact on our children’s well being and a sense of belonging. Moreover, the raised concerns about personal safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic are shared by many parents who are considering homeschool and/or follow a transitional education plan with their school district.
Vancouver Outdoor School understands the challenges that parents and children have gone through over the last six months and could go through the next school year.
Vancouver Outdoor School (VOS) is offering a unique and nature-based outdoor experiential “Field School” supporting Metro Vancouver families seeking support with their homeschooling and/or transitional school plans for learners from grade one to seven.
Our Field School is a pilot project with parents and the VOS team working together to provide an exceptional option and experience for your child’s overall learning experience.
What is a Field School approach?
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 offer small groups learning opportunities where we visit natural wonders, follow outdoor experiential education (OEE) and fresh air learning.
Each day we visit a different location, each month is experiential themed and overall we are all striving to promote a learner’s sense of curiosity, academic interest and becoming more self-propelled. We offer families an alternative option with a professionalized approach to outdoor learning and academic tutoring for children not ready to return to their schools or classrooms this fall.
Typical CLD Daily Break down (within Metro Vancouver Boundaries)
Core Learning Days (CLD): Tuesday to Thursday (September 15, 2020 – December 17, 2020)
Field School Time: 8am- 3:30pm
8:00 am – 9 am: Pick up + driving to learning location
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and set-up
9:30 am – 10:30 am: ‘In The Field” Tutoring (students following online or textbook curriculum provided by their home or homeschool). Wifi, mobile outdoor shelter and support will be provided to students to connect, learn and engage.
10:30am 10:45am: snack time
10:45am – 12pm: Outdoor Skills Activity
12pm – 12:45pm: Lunch
12:45pm – 2:15pm: Outdoor Experiential Education Activities (i.e. hiking, bike tour, project
based learning, paddling)
2:15pm – 2:30pm: Debrief
2:30pm – 3:15pm: Drop off
Core Learning Themes:
September: Farms & Forest Exploration
● Canning, baking and preserving, winter garden, forest foraging, shelter building, fire-making.
● UBC Endowment Lands, UBC Farms, Richmond Sharing Farm, Langley Farms Stanley Park, Granville Island Market.
● Rolling Earth Farm and Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (overnight)
October: Forest Gourmet and Indigenous Perspectives Outdoor Experiential Education
● Museum of Anthropology, Buntzen Lake, UBC, Cleveland Dam, Burnaby Lake,
Lighthouse Point, SFU and Stanley Park. Working closely with Indigenous cultural advisors and teachers.
● Golden Ears Provincial Park (overnight)
November: STEM and Outdoor Experiential Education Project Based Learning
● SFU & UBC Campus, Olympic Oval, Science World, Ballard Power
● Millard Learning Centre Galiano Island
December: Outdoor Experiential Education Cultural Exploration and Family Gratitude
● Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island, Refugee Welcome Centre, Food Bank, Buddist Temple
Field School Information:
Number of participants: Maximum 13
Ages: 4-7 years (Wolf Pups) & 7-12 years (Wolves)
Field School Fee Structure: (450+ hours of instruction September 11 – December 10, 2020 ):
Semester Core Program Sliding Fee Scale Option:
- $5250 + GST per semester per learner of minimum of 5 to 6 required
- $4989.00 + GST per semester per learner 6- 7 learners required
- $4649.00 + GST per semester per learner 8-9 learners required
- $4200.00 + GST per semester per learner 10 – 12 learners required
*Ask us about your sibling discount and referral incentive plan as we want to make this affordable and not compromising the quality of what we are offering.
* IMPORTANT – Fees Includes:
- 450+ hours of instruction
- 40+ Core Learning Days at $107 per day
- Pick up and drop off (Richmond and Vancouver only)
- Tuesday – Thursday instruction.
- Three overnight experiences – one in September, one in October and one in November (including meals, tent accommodations, supervision, transportation) *For Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten, please contact us for a plan for the overnight.
- Administration fees
- Two educators with headteacher oversight for tutoring
- Outdoor equipment (tents, snowshoes, canoes)
- Wifi to support tutoring
- Additional 2 – 3 hours per week of online tutoring during the evening, Mon/Fri and/or weekends
- Family interview
- 4 free Fresh Air Days (Monday or Friday options)
- Opportunities for parents to chaperone for overnight
- Daily updates through WhatsApp group
Non Package Fees Per Day (opting out of semester package and pay per day)
$135.00 GST per day per learner
$359 per overnight experience (2 nights/3 days)
Fresh Air Day (Optional): Mondays and Fridays – $45/day (families signed up for the semester package, needing a minimum of 8 learners to run the activity or $135 per day for learners on a per-day plan (pay as you go). More information to follow regarding Fresh Air Days
Step One – Contact Jeff Willis (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 – Jeff will arrange a home visit for an official “meet and greet” to answer your questions and to learn more about your expectations.
Step Three – To register for our Field School, click on the “Register Now” button. It will direct to our online registration page. Following the steps to pay for deposit money and to fill out mandatory forms.
Step Four – After completing registering, 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.
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
– Henry David Thoreau
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.
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.
1. For more information about our VOS Field School Overview, please click here: VOS Field School Program Overview 2020
2. For more information about our VOS Field School Semester Course Plan, please click here: VOS Field School Semester Course Plan (1)
3. For more information about our COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here: VOS Covid-19 Guidelines (1)
* contact us if you are interested in a potential secondary school option