WAV Steering Committee- OPEN CALL to join

Hi friends and supporters of WAV and outdoor learning!
Unbelievable, but WAV is embarking on a
5th year!
WAV is a community-driven, grass-roots outdoor learning festival that encourages everyone to get outdoors more often, particularly for learning.
The WAV Steering Committee (SC) proves oversight for WAV from September to May annually.  Generally, the SC meets once a month for about 2 hours and in between there may be 3-5 hours of work/month.
WAV seeks all sorts of supporters to help out to make 2019 successful.
If you are interested in joining the WAV SC, please sign up below.  Tell us a bit about what you want to help out with (promoting lessons, writing blogs, taking photos, supporting volunteers, getting prizes, etc) and how much time you can commit to WAV (any amount of time is welcomed!).

If you do not know much about WAV, please look here:  (there will be a new look/website soon)
The next WAV SC meeting will be in late September.
Please forward this URL to whomever may wish to join WAV.

WAV Prize winner- Jeevan and local plants

UBC teacher education candidate, Jeevan, participated in WAV 2018 and won a copy of the Walking Curriculum by Gillian Judson.

Jeevan shared the following:

Outdoor learning can be a very useful pedagogical tool to engage students with what they will be learning about. During my practicum, the class went for a walk around the school looking at the diversity of plants just in the school community. This gave the students a platform to build on as we started our investigation into the world of plants. 

Great job on getting students outdoors for learning, Jeevan!

WAV prize winner- Elizabeth and Local Herbs

UBC Teacher Education candidate, Elizabeth Woolnough, accepted her WAV prize standing beside some wild fennel growing on the fringe of the Scarfe Education building at UBC.  Elizabeth is a food educator and Red Seal Chef.  She shared a story of taking students outdoors to gather herbs growing on the school site in the preparation of their dishes.

There are many ways to get outdoors for learning, across disciplines.  Way to go, Elizabeth!  Thanks for the efforts you make to get students outdoors more often.


Noticing Numbers- Street Math

The students were asked to record the addresses of each houses along 59th Avenue, starting from Ross Street and heading west towards Prince Albert Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

After recording the addresses of 3 houses, many students noticed the numbers going bacward.  As the students continued recording the house numbers, they began to notice a pattern.  All the house numbers began with the number 10.

When the students crossed Windsor Street, a few students noticed the change in the first number. The first number went from 10 to 9.  I asked them why the number changed.

Some students responded that the numbers are still getting smaller. After a long pause, one student responded, “It’s because of the road.”  This particular student was, of course, referring to Windsor Street.  To confirm his conclusion, the student went all the way to the next block and recorded the house number across the street.

Not only, did these six year olds notice patterns in the house addresses, they also learned to read and record 4 digit numbers, as well as counting backward.

Lord Selkirk Kindergarteners Practice Outdoor Noticing

Division 29 was lucky enough to have Hartley spend an afternoon with us as part of a WAV experience in late April. After practicing our noticing skills in the classroom, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and took a walk to a local park. There, nature became our workspace and inspiration as we explored dandelions, shadows, and the directions that the mountains pointed us. The students came alive as they discovered new things about their own backyard, and from a pedagogical perspective, it was eye opening to see how education can flourish beyond the constraints of a classroom. Every classroom, no matter the context, can benefit from outdoor education as WAV seeks to promote.

City Nature Challenge

Encourages anyone interested in being outside to connect more deeply with nature and challenge them to become more familiar with ecology through identifying what they see around them. (i) Self-directed exploration encourages a meaningful connection with nature and can foster a sense of stewardship for nature in the city; (ii) Once participants have downloaded the iNaturalist app for the event, they may feel encouraged to continue making observations or, simply, to look more closely at nature when they’re out and about

Royal Heights Outdoor Fest

We are holding an outdoor celebration to recognize our school’s movement toward Place-Based and Environmental Learning.

We believe this event will help inform our parents and community of the environmental goals at our school and the value of outdoor education and place-based learning.

Is there anything more fun than playing in the dirt?

Is there anything more fun than playing in the dirt? How about playing with soil! Our garden club here at #WilliamWatsonElementary in Surrey, has been enjoying this sunny weather as we gear up for the growing season. The Kindergarteners have planted the herb and vegetable seeds that will soon flourish in the planter boxes that are being designed and built by grade 6 and 7 students. Follow the link to our learning commons blog and stay tuned as our garden takes shape⚘ #surreyschools #WAV2018 #WildWAV #getoutdoors

Salmon Release

Releasing 50 chum salmon into Spanish Banks creek, to educate the public about salmon, streams, environment, sustainability.

We have been raising 50 chum eggs in our classroom for the past 4 months, feeding, watching, learning about them, now we will release them. Dick and Jilian Scarth, Stream keepers will talk at 11 am about “salmon homing mechanisms”

Outdoor Learning in the School Yard

Classrooms interested in exploring outdoor learning in their school yard are invited to contact Hart Banack to set up a visit during Wild About Vancouver on the following dates: Apr 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 2018.

This is an invitation to consider ways to increase outdoor learning and time spent outdoors at school.