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Celebrating the Mud Kitchen

April 26


There is a lot written about the merits of the “Mud Kitchen” is getting students engaged in outdoor play. One impetus for the development of the University Hill Elementary School “Mud Kitchen” was the fact that our school playground was condemned last year and will not be rebuilt until the middle of June. I needed opportunities for kids to be engaged in purposeful and productive play at recess and lunch. I spent some real time and effort considering organization. Fortunately Megan Zeni and I were chatting. Her inspired words, “Or you could just clean out your cupboard and throw it in a bin and let the kids play with it.” And that is what I did. Kids look forward to playing in the Mud Kitchen and I have been making a conscious effort to incorporate measuring tools into the collection of pans, sieves and mixing tools. During the Wild About Vancouver Festival, the goal is to introduce the possibilities of the Mud Kitchen to someone who has not yet discovered it.

Spread the outdoor love


Date and time

April 26


University Hill Elementary


5395 Chancellor Blvd
Vancouver, V6T 1E2 Canada



Who Can Submit an Event/Lesson?
Vancouver community-based organizations that offer outdoor education experiences are invited to “showcase” what they are currently doing by contributing an event to the festival. Potential hosts may be, but not limited to, non-profits, for-profits, and in/formal educational organizations (including those who may not see themselves as being just outdoor-based). Teachers are also invited to submit a lesson to WAV, showcasing the teacher they are doing outdoors.

Who Will Attend the event/lesson?
The weekday events will focus on schools, teachers, community-based organizations, and students, while the weekend events will be directed towards families and community-members at large. Most school lessons are closed events, and not open to the general public. Events may be open or have a registration. Check each event/lesson for details.

Looking for Event/Lesson Ideas?
Take a look at the great events our 2015 Event Hosts and 2016 Events Hosts offered.

Event/Lesson Role
Event hosts will determine the “event” they wish to contribute to the festival (stand-up paddle boarding, gardening, cycling, art, music, etc). All aspects of the event are organized by each event host including: the date and time of the event, equipment, safety, supervision, insurance, and registration of participants. In addition:

The event will be located in Vancouver
There will be no fee for participants
There will be an educational component that invites participants to take something away that they can enact elsewhere (school, home, community-centre, etc.) and share their experience with others
Lessons will be offered by teachers/educators. They will be closed events that only the teacher and students participate in. Different classes many join up for a lesson, or even different schools and grade levels may collaborate for an outdoor lesson. Outdoor lessons are a chance to share what you are currently doing outdoors with other teachers/educators.

Our Part
Wild About Vancouver will offer advertising and promotion of your event in addition to an event schedule and map of the festival to assist participants in choosing events to attend. WAV will also hold a preparation workshop for event providers in the weeks leading up to the festival. After the event, WAV will help collect data from the event so we can all learn from the experience.
For lessons, WAV will share your outdoor teaching with other teachers/educators to help inspire them to take their teaching outdoors and offer some ideas about the range of learning that can happen outdoors.

I Need Help Planning My Event/Lesson
Check out this helpful Wild About Vancouver Event Host Guide.

I Need Funding for My Event/Lesson
Groups and/or individuals wishing to offer an event in the WAV Festival may apply for funding to help with costs associated with their event. There is no guarantee that WAV will be able to find a sponsor, but we will try!

Looking for funding for your event? Check out Go Grants or the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants.