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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.

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.

Outdoor Writing

The students will observe the changes that occurred in Spring. They will look around to see what is happening in nature. This will encourage them to appreciate things and observe changes that take place in nature.

Plants

Today we brought the outside in because of the down pouring rain, but this could be done outside.  I dug up some weeds from one of the school gardens, roots and all. The children in partners explored one of their choosing. Together we recorded what they learned about the plant. We named the parts on a chart.  They then explored further including some of the dirt that came up with the plant and discovered many bugs. If this was done outside then the class would see how the plant was growing in the ground ie. tall upright, creeping vine.  We will follow up with part of our time outside on Monday seeing the plants they explored in locations around the school and how they are growing.

Based on a lesson done in fall, 2017

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.

Puddle Boats

Making boats from natural materials and seeing if they will float.  We have an area on our school grounds that has an amazing large puddle when it rains a lot. My students love it.

Building a Butterfly Garden

Creating a butterfly garden to release butterflies hatched by primary teachers in UHill Elementary School.  A project done with community partners in the UBC Community.  Shared with Norma Rose Point buddies.