Like you, we believe students thrive in an outdoor setting, where experiential learning approaches are considered fundamental to a student’s all-encompassing learning journey. Vancouver Outdoor School, with our dynamic team, is committed to providing exceptional outdoor educational services and activities for schools from September to June.


All of our full day field trips are designed to engage students in outdoor activities while building their skill-set. Students are immersed in the wonders of nature-based learning while they develop a deeper “wisdom”.  Students  work, discover, and play in nearby parks, forests, hiking trails, beaches and lakes. Our learning experiences support and promote a base for social-emotional learning and student wellness in collaboration with the schools we support.

We work with schools, organizations and individuals to custom-design a program that fits your needs, budget and curriculum goals.

School Field Studies: Nature & Locally Based

VOS offers a range of dynamic and seasonal field trips utilizing local parks as our outside and dynamic classroom. Each field trip is broken into large group activities, hands-on project building and student learning labs (field studies).  Examples of our field studies are:

  • Forest Medicine and Fire Starting – Connecting the importance of risk management and leave no trace principles with a flint and steel fire challenge, fire building essentials, plant-based medicine walk and forest edibles.

  • Wild Gourmet: Cooking and Creating Delicious Bush Snacks –  – a hands-on outdoor cooking lesson making delicious, healthy and yummy “bush snacks” with an experienced wilderness gourmet cook.  Students will make fruit & chocolate kabobs, bannock and oatmeal crisp.
  • Wilderness STEM: Design Thinking – the “art & design” of shelter building using basic principles of engineering, hand tools and mathematics. Students placed on teams compete in engineering and building the best forest fort. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math – STEM in the forest.

  • Canoeing: Introductory Lessons – an introduction to the basics of canoeing including paddle strokes, water safety and getting out on the water to practice. Yes – getting wet is an option!


  • First Peoples Perspectives – students learning to the importance of acknowledgments and welcoming when visiting a community, the significance of oral storytelling, blanket exercise (understanding the impact of colonialism and the importance of reconciliation) and students participating in numerous Indigenous games.


  • Green Gorilla: All Natural Toothpaste and Lip Balm Making – students earning the simple steps of reducing their ecological footprint while working on various projects such as seed balls, making all-natural toothpaste, lip balm and more!


  • Climate Change Education and Expressive Arts – students learning about the impacts and causes of climate change while supporting students to express their hopes, concerns and ideas through various forms, creative outlets and art installation.


  • Things That Fly: Goofy Science – an action pack workshop with students making various types of paper airplanes, shooting comet balls in the ski, mentos in a soda bottle, kite making and more. Designing things that fly and estimating how high and/or far they will go.


  • Where The Wild Things Play –  100% environmental camp-style games and nature based activities that are educational, active and fun for students, while engaging with each other and the environment around them. Letting students get wild as they play.


  • Wilderness Pursuits: Essential Outdoor Skills – teaching about the importance and basics of knot skills, knife skills, shelter building, orienteering, setting up tents, and outdoor risk management.

Contact us to learn more and to customize your upcoming field trip experience.

Sample Day

9:00 am   –     Arrival and Introduction
9:20 am   –     Welcome & Indigenous Acknowledgement
9:45 am   –     Team Building Activities
10:45 am  –     Snack
11:00 am   –     Learning Station (i.e. Green Gorilla, Outdoor Quests, Forest Cuisine)
12:30 pm  –     Lunch
1:00 pm    –     Group Activity (super fun and engaging)
2:15 pm     –     Debrief
2:30 pm    –     Departure

*can be modified to fit your schedule,  needs, and interests.

“I just love when the learning curve is steep.
And I love being in nature, in the wild.” 

– Peter Heller


Attention Teachers:

When students go to outdoor school, they develop a sense of independence, new skills and friends while unplugging from their digital and urban world to connect with nature and simply to have fun. That is to say, students leave the four walls turning places into “forest classrooms” that allow the students to grow in an integral way.

Outdoor activities are not only a fundamental element for the enjoyment of childhood, but also, they teach children skills crucial to life such as problem solving, teamwork and creativity. It is incredible that this not only provides the aforementioned points, but also gives them the possibility of developing their psychomotricity in a natural way, reducing stress and improving their health.

Vancouver Outdoor School operates a local and nature-based outdoor school for students in grades 3 to 12. Our overnight school camps and day long field studies are designed to provide the perfect mix of fostering children’s social-emotional learning, skill-based training, gourmet cooking lessons and immersion in the local beautiful wilderness. Imagine your students swimming, preparing a fabulous dinner, hiking, exploring, dancing, building, creating, dreaming, laughing and just enjoying the precious moments of being a kid at their favourite outdoor school. It’s a kodak moment this spring and fall.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are all about building longstanding and meaningful relationships with your students, staff and school community.
  • We adjust our program to best suit your students’ learning, in collaboration with their teachers.
  • Our staff are certified teachers, skilled outdoor educators, or aspiring teachers. We hire the best, and bring our best.
  • We have the equipment, staffing and experience to serve up to 75 students at a time.
  • We are flexible, fun, and 100% experiential.
  • We can go anywhere! You pick: your school, local urban park, or a nearby lake or forested area.
  • We work within multiple lens or frameworks. This means that we are NOT a one-dimensional type of education service. We take into account the students’ age, level of interest and comfort, cultural background, and the core competencies that are in place at your institution.