At Cheakamus Centre, we are committed to providing excellence in teaching and learning in, for, and about nature. Building on the legacy of the Outdoor School program, our programs use a range of outdoor spaces on the 165 ha (420 acre) ecological reserve to facilitate experiential learning for students from Grades 3 through 12. These experiences take place on extensive teaching trails, in forest shelters and alongside spawning channels and ponds. Additionally, we have special resource classrooms, amphitheaters, breakout spaces and an authentic Coast Salish longhouse.
All of our educational programs are tied to the BC curriculum, ensuring that time spent outdoors supports learning objectives and core competencies. Our instructional team has developed a set of guiding principles or themes providing a framework that informs our program design and development. The info-graphic illustrates these principles and how they support and enhance curriculum connections.
As educators, we believe that a place-based approach promotes engagement and achievement through hands-on experiences in nature. We invite you and your students to find meaningful and engaging learning connections while exploring our ecological reserve.