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2018-19 Going Wild! Workshops


We are no longer accepting requests for the 2018-19 school year. Sign up for our Education E-News to receive monthly inspiration during the school year for outdoor learning and to be notified when we start accepting requests for the 2019-20 school year.

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 and are designed to include both indoor and outdoor components. Our programs include:

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!: 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!: People and Plants (Grades 3-5): This workshop is inspired by our Going Wild! guidebook. It 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.

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 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.

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 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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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.