Hands on, feet in! Your class will become scientists for the day as they learn about the scientific method, develop hypotheses and reach conclusions about the relative health of their community stream, Joseph Creek. With a focus on STEM students will learn how to use new tools to discover how to measure the health of a stream  and begin to understand how water is an important resource that is abundant and rare at the same time. Participate in hands-on field studies. 

Data collected will assist the Restore Joseph Creek project by identifying and mapping invasive species, areas of erosion and fish barriers. Collect temperature, flow, and water quality. Hands-on, place based learning. STEM. This data will help identify future projects for RJC. 

Mapping. Explore your own backyard! We believe that some of the best learning happens outside the classroom. Our outdoor educators can visit your school to provide place based, inquiry learning on subjects such as: wildlife, water, soils, outdoor recreation, leadership, and more just beyond the school yard! Document findings. Field study of designated areas to collect data. 

Columbia Outdoor School provides educational programming focusing on outdoor skill development, environmental science and leadership. We accomplish this through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment. 

Scientific Method




BioBlitz Programming runs from 10am - 2pm June 4 - June 8, 2018. Our educator will meet you on location and provide programming, equipment, and a lesson plan for future use.

Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12

Program Cost: FREE.

Dates: June 4 - June 8, 2018

Location/Time: Meet at location. Programs run from 10am-2pm.

How to Book: Contact us at 250-426-3676 or

What to Bring:

  • Enough parent chaperons to supervise class sizes. Recommend ratios 1:6 for grades k—3 and 1:10 for grades 4 and up.
  • Water bottle.
  • Litter free lunch.
  • Warm, waterproof footwear.
  • Be prepared for weather, i.e. sunscreen, hats, rain jacket, layers, warm coat, hats, extra socks, mittens, etc.  
  • Sit upons if you have them and would like to bring them.




Outdoor Study Sessions are made possible with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.