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A Letter from our Director of Educational Programs

Spring arrived late to Paradise Valley and this may provide even more reason to celebrate the coming of summer and the end of another successful programming year at Cheakamus Centre. On behalf of the Cheakamus team, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of the visiting teachers, staff, parents and students that have come to connect and learn in, with and about nature.

The need for children to make real connections with the natural world is now more important than ever. Whether as a means to promote active living, enhance academic results, or support social and emotional development, a growing body of research indicates the huge benefits that result from getting kids outside. We’re excited to be supporting a growing educational movement to bring kids and adults back to nature and we’re hopeful visiting educators have been inspired to try out some new outdoor learning strategies in their own school communities.

This year has marked key developments in enhancing our program curriculum as we designed and implemented our 5 Guiding Principles. We’re particularly proud of the 1st Peoples’ Perspectives connections and how these are reflected in both our Cultural programs and integrated into a range of Field School program elements. We look forward to sharing these innovative programs with you in 2017-18 and look forward to welcoming you back to Cheakamus Centre.

If you weren’t able to join us this year or haven't signed up yet, please contact us soon to learn more about program availability—we’re finding our dates are filling up quickly!

Wishing you a safe summer full of outdoor fun and adventures.

Reconciliation Carving Project Makes Front Page!

On June 22, 2017, the reconciliation carving project at Cheakamus Centre was featured in the Arts & Entertainment section of the Pique Newsmagazine. The four-metre cedar reconciliation pole is the latest work of Squamish Nation artist Xwalacktun (Rick Harry). The pole is being carved onsite at the Bighouse, allowing visiting children and teachers to watch the team of three carvers at work, with Xwalacktun sharing the stories behind the pole. Click here to read the full story.

A wheelbarrow of thanks to Nature Conservancy of Canada Volunteers!

On Saturday, June 10th an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Sea to Sky and lower mainland came out for a busy day of trail maintenance at Cheakamus Centre. Volunteers assisted with trimming, raking and laying wood chips to make our Emerald Forest trail shine! Guided by Nature Conservancy of Canada and Cheakamus staff, volunteers had an opportunity to try their hand at giving back to the land while exploring Cheakamus ecological reserve and learning about forest conservation.

Volunteer efforts really do make a difference. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Nature Conservancy of Canada and all of our volunteers for the help we have received this year. We invite everyone to continue their support in the future, and we look forward to involving new volunteers in our many conservation projects and events year-round.

EECOM Awards of Excellence Honourable Mention

Cheakamus Centre is delighted to announce that the North Vancouver School District received Honourable Mention in the 2017 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Awards of Excellence. This prestigious award program recognizes contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across Canada. North Vancouver School District was recognized in the category of Outstanding K-12 Class, School, or School District. It received honourable mention for its innovative environmental education programs at Cheakamus Centre and across the school district that foster a greater understanding of ecological principles and environmental ethics.

Established in 1969, Cheakamus Centre is owned by the North Vancouver School District and offers a wide variety of environmental, leadership and indigenous programs for children and youth. Learn More.

A big Cheakamus thank you to all who came out to our 48th Annual Open House!

Open House 2017 was another resounding success! We had a sunny day of nature exploration and discovery - and lots of good ole family fun outdoors! Nearly 2000 people joined us for the event, including 60+ volunteers. On top of all of that, over 1000 salmon fry were released by many small, helping hands. We also officially launched our exciting Cabin enhancement project that will see comfort and energy efficient upgrades to ten of our well-loved cabins.

Proceeds from this annual event support our environmental, leadership and indigenous programs for children and youth. We are blessed to be part of such a generous community!

A special thank you to all of our visitors, donors, sponsors & volunteers!

Save the date: 49th Annual Open House is Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Cheakamus Centre Launches Reconciliation Carving Project

Squamish, April 27, 2017 — Cheakamus Centre is a proud recipient of a Squamish Arts Council 2017 Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant. This generous grant supports the creation of a Reconciliation Pole that will serve as a focal point for discussion at this important time of reconciliation in Canada. This carving will also honour families from the area who have dedicated their skills, knowledge, and expertise, teaching thousands of students about indigenous cultural practices and reinforcing the values of respect and harmony.

The project is being led by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), an internationally renowned Squamish Nation artist, whose works can be found in the region and throughout the world. His accomplishments have been acknowledged with a variety of awards and designations including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the prestigious Order of British Columbia.