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! 

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. 


Wetland and Riparian Studies

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Feeling bogged down in the classroom? Come learn with us outside at our Wetland and Riparian session! Explore Idlewild Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn how you are a part of it. Critters, swimmers, and birds that soar are just some of the wildlife your students will discover and connect to the watershed and beyond. What makes these species so successful, and why and what is invading their homes? Grab your rubber boots and uncover the greatest competition of all!

Creek Studies

Hands on, feet in! Your class will become scientists for the day while they 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.

Forest Studies

Can’t see the forest for the trees? We’ve got the solution! In this session you will discover the Cranbrook Community Forest and learn about the variety of tree features that are useful for identification of local trees. From bark to buds to leaf scars and needles to cones…you will get hands-on experience in reading these clues  and more in our forest.


We can customize programming based on your area of interest or needs. Contact us for more information. 


Programming runs from 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday. Our educator will meet you on location and provide programming, equipment, and a lesson plan for future use.

Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 8

Program Cost: FREE.

Dates: May/June, 2018

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

How to Book: Contact us at 250-426-3676 or info@ColumbiaOutdoorSchool.com

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.