Fall Outdoor Ed Trips

Gr. 10s at Garibaldi
Grade 10s accomplished a 4-day journey to Garibaldi Park. Some girls went to Elfin Lakes, and other went to Garibaldi Lake. They each climbed at least 600m in elevation on the first day with full backpacks, quite an accomplishment! There were stunning views, moments of challenge/growth, and moments of joy had by all. Watch the video below created by Olivia, Grade 10, and see more photos here: desktop | mobile.

Gr. 8s at Manning Park
Grade 8s went to Manning park where they canoed, mountain biked, hiked, cooked, connected with each other and connected with their teachers. See the photos below.

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Gr. 6s at Camp Summit
Grade 6s went to Camp Summit, in the Squamish Valley. Here they participated in all sorts of camp activities such as high ropes, low ropes, fire building, mountain biking, big field games and countless other adventures. The girls slept in cabins, and had a huge amount of fun!

Gr. 5s at Sea to Sky Outdoor School
Grade 5s went to Sea to Sky Outdoor School, on the Sunshine Coast. They canoed in huge voyageur canoes, they explored the forest, and learned about the ocean. They took a day trip over to Gambier Island by canoe where they got to explore new beaches and magical mossy fern gullies. The focus of this trip was learning about sustainability. What does that word mean, and what part do we have to play? See the full photo gallery here: desktop | mobile.

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Gr. 1-4 at Pacific Spirit Park
Students in grades 1-4 have all experienced a forest day in Pacific Spirit Park this fall. They spend the day playing and learning in our very own city forest. They heard stories, played games, learned about the plants and the trees, and so much more. See photos of the Gr. 2s below.

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Robin Friesen
Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Risk Management

Bringing a spectrum of colour to the Arbutus Corridor

This spring, York House School (YHS) Grade 2 students collaborated with the Arbutus Greenway and Vancouver Biennale Big IDEAS education program to create their own public art installation. Students chose to reimagine a section of the Arbutus Corridor to serve the needs and wants of the local community. A STEAM project of their own, the students visited the site, interviewed community members, and learned about the natural environment. To bring awareness to this space and community, the students collaborated with Biennale artist, Toni Latour. The students learned about public art, its role in creating community, and visited several of the Vancouver Biennale’s large scale public art installations across Metro Vancouver.

While visiting the Arbutus Corridor, students were inspired by the word happy stenciled in bright yellow on the asphalt. Students began to talk about how the bright colour and positive message made them feel. To add more colour to the corridor, students painted over 700 rocks in a spectrum of colours. On the rocks, students wrote positive messages encouraging community members to “smile,” “count the trees”, and “think about what this space could be.”

On June 9th the students installed the painted rocks on the Arbutus Greenway to inspire community engagement and awareness on the Arbutus Corridor on each side of the asphalt between Nanton Road and Quilchena Park. The project culminated in an exhibit where the teams of students were able to show the displays they created which explored other creative ideas for the Arbutus Corridor including a cycle through coffee shop, a lending library, a dog park, and a mural that would hide the view of the power station in the background. Parents, staff, teachers, and members of the Biennale and the City of Vancouver attended and were equally impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness of the girls. You never know, you might even see the City adopt some of their ideas!

For more information please visit www.vancouverbiennale.com.