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Mya Van Woudenberg

2020-21 School 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. We continue to follow public health COVID-19 guidelines, prioritizing the health and well-being of our staff and the learning communities with whom we work.

We are currently offering in-person workshops for K-5 learners in the Greater Victoria area only (School Districts 61, 62 and 63) and for grade 3-8 learners in the Greater Vancouver area only (School Districts 37, 38, 39, 41, 44 and 44). Our in-person programs now take place 100% outdoors.

Online versions of our Climate and Place workshops (grades 6-8) are available via secure video call to any school or homeschool group in BC.

All of the following workshops are currently only available in English:

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.

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, or willing to meet us at one.)

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.

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, or willing to meet us at one.)

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.

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, or willing to meet us at one.)

Climate and Place  (Grades 6-8): Based on Sierra Club BC’s mission to support people stewarding abundant ecosystems and a stable climate, while building resilient, equitable communities this program gives students the opportunity to learn about an array of issues relating to the world outside their doorsteps. The five versions of the program, each with a unique focus that will allow students to engage deeply with the subject, are outlined below. (These workshops are available in-person in the Greater Vancouver area and online province-wide.)  

Science of climate change focus – For students who are new to learning about climate change

Ecosystem/ecology focus – For students interested in plants and animals

Climate justice/youth activism and empowerment focus – For students already engaged with climate change who want to broaden their activist toolkits

Sustainable food systems focus For students interested in food systems

Self-expression and art in the climate crisis focus – To encourage student’s creativity as well as aid in processing the weight of the climate crisis

*Please note your preferred focus in the workshop request form.*

All programs weave in diverse Indigenous perspectives as well as emphasize our ability to change the systems we live in. Online workshops consist of two 60-minute sessions spaced approximately three weeks apart. In-person workshops consist of two 90-minute sessions spaced approximately three weeks apart and take place 100% outside.

Homeschool Workshops : We provide all of the workshops listed above in adapted forms for groups of homeschool learners and their parents/caregivers throughout the school year.

We offer our programming free of charge. As a charity we do appreciate donations, especially if you have support from your school’s Parent Association Committee. If you have such support, our suggested range is $1.50 to $2 per student (workshop for a class of 20 students: $30-40 suggested donation). These donations help to ensure that we are able to continue prioritizing schools in marginalized areas and grow our library of free, open-access educational resources for all. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@sierraclub.bc.ca.

If you would like to request a workshop, please click the button below to fill out our online form. While we do our best to meet the hundreds of requests that we receive each school year, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reach your school or group.


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