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Outdoor Einsteins: Thinking Like A Scientist

April 18, 2016 10:00 am


Target Audience:  Grade 3 students at Tecumseh Main School & Tecumseh Annex

Number of Participants:  75

Registration: Invitation only.  Contact host for more information


The event will start with creating a sheltered meeting area. The sessions will focus on using games and activities in the playground and nearby park to sharpen the observational skills of Grade 3 students from Tecumseh Main School and Tecumseh Annex. Students will use magnifying glasses, compasses and waterproof notebooks to take field notes to extend their “thinking like a scientist”.

In Vancouver, the outdoors provides a classroom with a plethora of opportunities for developing scientific knowledge, literacy skills and authentic opportunities for collaboration. This session will provide a some ideas of ways that scientific knowledge can be extended and literacy skills can be developed through teaching how to take field notes. This session has been provided as part of David Thompson Community School Programs after school and during regular classroom instruction.

Note:  The session will take place outdoors regardless of weather. Please dress appropriately.

Spread the outdoor love


Date and time

April 18, 2016 10:00 am


Tecumseh Elementary School


1850 E 41st Ave, Vancouver
Vancouver, V5P 3N8 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.