2018-19 Going Wild! Workshops

Welcome back to another school year and thanks for your interest in helping your students to get outside and learn!

We offer a variety of free environmental education workshops directly in your community – in your classroom, school yard, homeschool neighbourhood, or a local outdoor space. Our programs include:

Going Wild!: Nature and Play (Kindergarten): Our Kindergarten program offers young children the chance to explore local environments by engaging students directly in outdoor, sensory-based play, nature discovery activities and storytelling about and in the natural world. (This workshop is available in both English and French.)

Going Wild!: Lifecycles and Ecosystems (Grades 1-2): Students learn about British Columbia’s species and ecosystems, discover seasonal adaptations of local plants and animals, and learn how to best care for their local natural environment. (This workshop is available in both English and French.)

Going Wild!: People and Plants (Grades 3-5): This workshop is inspired by our Going Wild! guidebook, created in partnership with Coastal First Nations and Royal Roads University for teachers and learners to (re)connect children with their environment and local First Nations cultures. We use a place-based approach to teach students about local wild plants and their traditional and modern uses. Students explore the concepts of sustainability, biodiversity, traditional ecological knowledge and sense of place.

Going Wild!: Climate and Place (Grades 6-8): Based on Sierra Club BC’s climate change toolkit, created from our guiding vision document The Future is Here, this workshop gives students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to think critically about local climate change impacts and solutions, and create action-based commitments to post-carbon solutions in an age of reconciliation.

Homeschooling Workshops: We provide all of the workshops listed above in adapted form for groups of homeschooled children and their parents/caregivers throughout the school year.

Our workshops are designed to run for 90 minutes, with approximately half of that time spent outside. We offer our programming free of charge, but as a charity we do appreciate donations and our suggested range is $75 to $150 per workshop. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact James Davis, our Education Program Manager, at james@sierraclub.bc.ca.

If you would like to request a workshop for your class, please click the button below to fill out our online request form. (While we do our best to fulfill all of the requests that we get each school year, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit your school or group.)

Recent Updates

Spring has arrived in Northern B.C.

Sierra Club BC’s Education Team has been hard at work! Just last week, we delivered thirteen school-based workshops and two professional development workshops for teachers in Treaty 8 territory of the Dane-zaa people.

From Acorn to Wren: The Lost Words

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary—widely used in schools around the world—was published, it was missing around forty common words related to nature. Sierra Club BC's Amira Maddison reviews "The Lost Words," a book that highlights these missing markers of the natural world.