From the 2016 WAV Festival, five additional schools (see below) joined UBC students to help design a local outdoor learning project unique to the individual school. These schools will receive their projects in November 2016, and each school will begin to implement a plan for a 2017 WAV event and invite another school to get INvolved with WAV.
Out of the 2015 WAV Festival, seven Vancouver elementary schools were invited to create unique outdoor learning programs for their school in collaboration with students studying Outdoor Environmental Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, UBC. More than 75 students worked together developing the outdoor learning projects from July to October 2015. In November 2015, the outdoor learning projects were returned to the schools, who are now looking at implementation. Each school will contribute an event to WAV 2016 and invite another school, currently not doing too much outdoor learning, to attend the event.
Thus, there is a concrete way to spread outdoor learning and get more people Involved and OUTdoors.
A huge thanks to all of the teachers, schools, and UBC students for their exceptional efforts! There is a strong sentiment that outdoor learning is very important learning, and requires particular attention and commitment towards implementation. Participants in this project have unequivocally and repeatedly shared stories of how essential outdoor experiences, including learning experiences, have been and are in their lives. They also collectively and consensually agreed that outdoor learning is required responsibility (as an inalienable right) for children and youth in their learning and play.
Below you will find links to the school projects. These are available for you to download and use towards developing your own outdoor learning project.
If you wish to get involved with WAV and UBC outdoor learning projects, please email Dr. Hartley Banack.
2016 Schools (project completion expected November 2016)
Collingwood Neighbourhood Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
LivingstonElementary School, Vancouver School Board
Nightingale Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
Norma Rose Point Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
Quilchena Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
2015 Schools (projects completed November 2015)
Carnarvon Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
L’Ecole Bilingue Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
Lord Kitchener Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
Lord Selkirk Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
Tecumseh Elementary School, Vancouver School Board
University Hill Elementary School, Vancouver School Board