WILD ABOUT VANCOUVER PROMOTES OUTDOOR LEARNING IN NATURE
Outdoor Education Festival April 22 – 30, 2017
VANCOUVER, B.C. (April 1, 2017)
The third annual Wild About Vancouver (WAV- pronounced wave) Outdoor Education Festival, taking place April 22 – 30, 2017, invites children, educators, families and all Vancouverites to “Get INvolved and Get OUTside” to celebrate outdoor learning in local nature.
“The more Vancouverites appreciate the outdoors, the more the outdoors is valued and protected through its use,” says Dr. Hartley Banack, WAV Festival Chair. “Wild About Vancouver is all about creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience and learn outside, growing people’s love and appreciation for the natural world.”
Increasing outdoor activities and developing lifelong habits of physical movement reduce health consequences of sedentary lifestyles, he adds.
Last year, the second annual Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival saw 3,000 people participate in 68 events offered by 50 partner agencies, including schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals. Events included:
Shoreline Cleanup | Outdoor Yoga | Introduction to Permaculture Gardening & Food Forestry | Urban Beekeeping | Kits Beach Clean Up | Urban Tree Walk | Nature Tour and Immersive Meditation Workshop in Stanley Park | Urban Camping in Stanley Park | Outdoor Einsteins: Thinking Like A Scientist | Nest Box Building Workshop | Intro to Gardening for Parents and Tots | Organic Gardening Open House
OPEN CALL FOR WAV EVENTS and LESSONS
Wild About Vancouver announces an open call to Vancouver organizations (including schools) and individuals who want to host an event or lesson in the 2017 festival. Events and lessons must meet four criteria: 1) be experiential. 2) be free, 3) be educational, and 4) take place outdoors. A list of past events/lessons is available here: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/2016-wav-events/
Submissions of events/lessons for the 2017 WAV Festival can be entered here: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/submit-an-event-2/
Those interested in attending events will find updated information as it becomes available on the website (http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/).
“WAV is becoming an anticipated annual highlight in the Metro Vancouver calendar,” says Banack, “There are opportunities to get involved at every level, from presenter to volunteer to participant.”
For more information, or for interviews, please contact:
Dr. Hartley Banack Hartley.email@example.com
WAV SOCIAL MEDIA:
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmX8KhkmvJGHIVKAcBSHvAw
BACKGROUNDER – WILD ABOUT VANCOUVER
Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival is a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children (and adults) outdoors more regularly, especially during school learning periods. WAV is free and open to the public, aiming to unite and create long-term sustainable outdoor experiential learning networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the broader citizenry of Vancouver. WAV is organized by a collective Steering Committee (http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/the-wav-team/) comprised of volunteers passionate about improving children’s lives, being outdoors, and building supportive communities. WAV is totally de-centralized, inviting everyone to get involved and join WAV. Events must be educational, experiential, outdoors, and free. Everyone is invited to submit an event/lesson into the WAV Festival.
WHY WAV MATTERS
WAV creates real changes where student, educators, and Vancouverites-at-large, of all ages, learn through outdoor experiences particularly during instructional times and at school. Increased outdoor learning results in increased overall time spent outdoors, which has been linked with alleviating various large-scale challenges confronting children and youth such as: childhood obesity, type-II diabetes, sedentary behaviour, indoor contamination, myopia, increased stress, depression, isolation, decreased resilience, unclear environmental/sustainability practices, and disconnected learning experiences.
In 2016 …
WAV event hosts grew from 38 in 2015 to 50
WAV events grew from 50 in 2015 to 68
WAV attendance grew from 1,500 in 2015 to 3,000
In 2017 …
WAV continues to grow and spread its mandate to increase time spent outdoors. WAV is targeting a festival of at least 80 events. 2017 emphases include: outdoor experiences particularly during instructional times and at school and growing involvement of new citizens and groups.
WAV invites you to get INvolved.
We are seeking community partnerships (http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/wav-2016-donors/) and financial contributions (donation receipts for tax purposes are available) (http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/about-donations/).
Wild About Vancouver – General Info: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/
Wild About Vancouver – Submit an Event: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/submit-an-event/
Wild About Vancouver – 2016 Events: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/2016-wav-events/
Wild About Vancouver – 2017 Events Submitted to Date: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/events/
Wild About Vancouver Steering Committee: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/the-wav-team/
Wild About Vancouver – Donations: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/about-donations/