LET US TAKE YOUR CLASS OUTSIDE

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We believe that some of the best learning happens outside the classroom. Our outdoor educators can visit your class, taking you just beyond the school yard to provide place based and inquiry focused learning on a variety of subjects.  

Columbia Outdoor School provides programming focused on environmental education, outdoor skill development, and leadership. Each program is designed to meet the specific Big Ideas and Core Competencies for each grade level. We accomplish this through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment.


PROGRAM OPTIONS:

FALL / SPRING PROGRAMS:

Wetland studies (Grade K-9)

Feeling bogged down in the classroom? Join us outside as we explore your local wetland or creek and its diverse ecosystem. 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? What makes a wetland healthy and how can we measure it? Grab your rubber boots and uncover the greatest competition of all!

forest studies (grade K-9)

Can’t see the forest for the trees? We’ve got the solution! In this session you will discover your local 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 your forest.

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Wildlife and biodiversity (Grade K-6)

Get outside with your class as you become conservationists for the day through a hands-on discovery session on the living things around you. Your class will discover what biodiversity in your local community looks like, and how all of the critters and plants depend on and thrive off of one another. Learn how we as humans leave a positive and negative impact on the ecosystem on the local and world-wide scale, and walk away with the knowledge to promote ecosystem conservation in your school and community!

changing of the seasons (Grade K-4)

How do the seasons affect us, the living creatures, and the ecosystem that surrounds us? How do we all adapt to the changing temperatures and environments and what circumstances must living organisms endure to ensure their survival? Find out through this outdoor session in which you and your students will have the opportunity to observe, learn and share the changes that are occuring all around us!

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invaders (grade 3-9)

How much of a difference can one species really make anyway? Explore how the accidental introduction (or not-so accidental) of a single species can uproot an entire ecosystem. Learn how to identify the invasive species in your community in order to determine if there is an alien species taking over your schoolyard. Students will learn how to conserve their natural ecosystem, avoid the spread/introduction of invasive species and even discover how they can help their community put a stop to the invasion around them!

Survival (Grade 4 -9)

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Expect the unexpected, and prepare for it! Take your students outside for an afternoon full of exciting and engaging survival skills that will ensure their comfort in any outdoor setting! Although attitude is of the utmost importance in any emergency situation, knowing the proper precautions, steps and skills will ensure your students are prepared for any adventure. Choose one or a variety of: fire building, shelter building, navigation/orienteering, knot tying, edible plants, camouflage and outdoor cooking.

Fire quest (Grade 4-9)

Challenge your students in an a quest for fire! Here, they will explore the sport of orienteering and general navigation, alongside gaining essential outdoor survival skills suited to our local environment. You and your class will be given a mission, which will require you to apply all of your newly acquired skills as a team in a first hand survival situation (4 hour session).

WINTER PROGRAMS:

Changing of the seasons (Grade k-4)

How does the onset of winter affect us, as well as our ecosystem? How do we and the critters of our local community adapt to these changes, and what circumstances must living things endure to ensure their survival all winter long? Join us for an outdoor adventure in which you and your students will have the opportunity to observe, learn and share the changes that are occurring all around us!

Wildlife and Biodiversity (Grade K-9)

Get outside with your class as you discover what biodiversity in your local community looks like, and how all of the living things around you depend on and thrive off of one another. Examine how species vary throughout the winter months, and explore all that is still thriving in the snow. Learn how we as humans leave a positive and negative impact on the ecosystem on the local and world-wide scale, and walk away with the knowledge to promote ecosystem conservation in your school and community!

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survival (grade 4-9)

You should always expect the unexpected, and prepare for it! Take your students outside in the snow for an afternoon full of exciting and engaging winter survival skills that will ensure their comfort in any outdoor setting! Although attitude is of the utmost importance in any emergency situation, knowing the proper precautions, steps and skills will ensure your students are prepared for any adventure. Choose one or a variety of: fire building, shelter building, navigation, layering, knot tying, and outdoor cooking.

winter wonderland (Grade k-3)

Grab your snowshows and join us as we explore all that winter has to offer in your local forest. Through this interactive adventure, you will observe, examine and play in the snow that has fallen all around us. Discover how snow and ice are created, and how they affect all of the living things in this season of shimmering wonder.

CUSTOM PROGRAMS:

We are also open to custom-to-you programming. Have a unit you would like to take outside for the day? Need help connecting your lessons to your place or community? Contact us to discuss what your options are and we would be happy to help you create and lead an outdoor, inquiry-based lesson tailored to what you’re already teaching (or are about to teach) in the classroom!


Details & How To Book

Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 9. See recommended grade level next to program titles.

Program Cost:

1.5 Hours at your school, inside or outside your classroom - $130 per class.

Half day field study - $175 per class.

Full day field study - $300 per class.

Dates: Year round programming. Program availability may depend on the season.

Location: Anywhere in the Columbia Basin. Our educator will meet you on location and provide programming and equipment.

Time: Programming can be tailored to your class schedule, preferably sticking to a 2-4 hour session.

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

What to Bring:

  • Enough parent chaperones to supervise class size. Recommended ratios 1 adult per 5 students (grades K-3), 1 adult per 8 students for grades 4 and up.

  • Water bottle.

  • Litter free snacks and/or lunch.

  • Warm, waterproof footwear.

  • Be prepared for weather (sunscreen, hats, rain jackets, layers, warm coats, hats, extra socks, mittens, etc.)

  • Sit upons if you have them and would like to bring them.

  • Pencils.