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2020-21 Going Wild! Workshops


Since 1998 we have offered a variety of free environmental education workshops directly in your community – in your classroom, school yard, homeschool neighbourhood, or a local outdoor space. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we continue to follow public health guidelines and the health and wellbeing of our staff and the learning communities with whom we work are of primary concern.

As of August 30, 2020 our plan for the 2020-21 school year is to deliver both in-person and online workshops. Please continue to request workshops and know that we are doing our best to reach you and your class. The earlier you request a workshop, the more likely we will be able to offer an in-person workshop as COVID restrictions change. Even if we are unable to reach you in-person, we would love to offer an online workshop and let you know about new online resources and webinars for you and the kids and youth in your life.

We will only deliver in-person workshops in communities in close proximity to where our staff live in order to minimize risk of virus exposure and transmission between learning communities. This means that most in-person workshops will be in the Greater Victoria Area (SD61, 62 and 63), but this may change. Normally, most of our workshops run for 90 minutes, with approximately half of that time spent outside. Now, in order to minimize virus transmission and increase physical distancing, our programs will take place 100% outdoors.

We will deliver online workshops via video call to schools in communities that are not in close proximity to where our staff live or to schools in school districts that are not accepting external program facilitators for in-person program delivery. Online workshops will include both pre- and post-program support for the benefit of students and teachers. The length of workshops will vary according to grade, but they will be shorter than our in-person workshops.

These are our workshop descriptions:

Going Wild!: Nature and Play (Kindergarten): Offers young children the chance to explore local environments by engaging 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!: Nature and Play-Marine Ecosystem focus (Kindergarten): Offers young children the chance to explore local marine-based and beach environments by engaging directly in outdoor, sensory-based play, nature discovery activities and storytelling about and in the natural world. This workshop is only an option for schools within walking distance to a beach or inlet. (This workshop is only available in English.)

Going Wild!: Lifecycles and Ecosystems (Grades 1-2): Children 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!: Lifecycles and Ecosystems-Marine Ecosystem focus (Grades 1-2): Children learn about British Columbia’s marine species and ecosystems, discover seasonal adaptations of local plants and animals, and learn how to best care for their local coastal environment. This workshop is only an option for schools within walking distance to a beach or inlet. (This workshop is only available in English.)

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

Going Wild!:  People and Plants-Marine Ecosystem focus (Grades 3-5): Inspired by our Going Wild! guidebook, this workshop was created in partnership with coastal First Nations and Royal Roads University for teachers and learners with the aim of (re)connecting children with their environment and local First Nations cultures. We use a place-based approach to teach about local coastal plants and their traditional and modern uses. Students explore the concepts of sustainability, biodiversity, traditional ecological knowledge and sense of place. This workshop is only an option for schools within walking distance to a beach or inlet. (This workshop is only available in English.)

Going Wild!: Climate and Place (Grades 6-8): Based on Sierra Club BC’s climate change toolkit and stemming from our guiding vision document The Future is Here, this workshop gives students the opportunity to think critically about local climate change impacts and solutions. They create action-based commitments in their personal lives and school communities to work towards post-carbon solutions in an age of reconciliation with local First Nations. This workshop is designed to run for 2 hours. (This workshop is only available in English.)

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.

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 Ciera DeSilva, our Education Program Manager, at ciera@sierraclub.bc.ca.

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


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