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Mya Van Woudenberg

2021-22 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 embracing a place-based model for delivering service to schools this year, even more than we have in the past. Towards this we will focus our area of delivery in North Island communities (School Districts 71, 72, 85) and the Greater Vancouver area (School Districts 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45).  North Island will focus on K-5 and endeavor to prioritize working outdoors with learners.  The Greater Vancouver focus will be on middle & high school, with the possibility of online delivered programs throughout BC. Additionally, programs will be offered for K-5 in a limited capacity in other areas of BC. 

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.

We are excited to announce the next steps of including HIGH SCHOOL in our programming (also available online).  This will begin in the Vancouver area and build later to include communities across BC. 

The following workshops are currently available: 

Nature and Gathering Places (Kindergarten)

Invites learners into relationship with the beings just outside their doors. This is done through exploring local gathering places by engaging directly in outdoor, sensory-based opportunities, discovery learning, blended with storytelling that is centred in place-based authentic voice. (anticipated engagement 30min- 45min segments) 

Nature and Gathering Places – Marine EcoForests (Kindergarten) 

Version 2.0 undergoing transformation- will become available soon!

Lifecycles and Ecosystems: Reciprocal Relationships (Grades 1-2)

Invites learners into relationship with the beings just outside their doors. This is done through a place-based approach, looking at all beings across seasons and ecosystems in a way that connects the learner to their responsibilities within stewardship. (anticipated engagement 45 min – 1 hour segments) 

Lifecycles and Ecosystems: Reciprocal Relationships – Marine EcoForests (Grades 1-2)

Version 2.0 undergoing transformation- will become available soon!

Plants & People: Making Connections  (Grades 3-5) 

Invites learners into relationship with the beings just outside their doors. This is done through systems thinking, inviting place-based connections into the broader picture. Learners explore how ecosystems offer many connected pathways between plants, humans, and other beings; celebrating sustainability, biodiversity, and storytelling centered in place-based authentic voice. (anticipated engagement 1-1.5 hrs)

Plants & People: Making Connections – Marine EcoForests (Grades 3-5) 

Version 2.0 undergoing transformation- will become available soon!

Climate and Place: Community-based thinking  (Grades 6-8)

Invites learners into relationship with the beings just outside their doors. This is done through interconnected thinking, inviting humans towards stewarding abundant ecosystems by building resilient, equitable communities, that are rooted in place, and are moving out towards the global changing climate.

The four versions of the program, each with a unique focus that will allow students to engage more 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 – Inviting conversation for learners into the global climate change space
  • Ecosystem/ecology focus –  Inviting conversation for learners interested in plants, animals, and their interconnections
  • Climate justice/youth activism and empowerment focus – Inviting learners into additional engagement with climate change, specifically broadening their activist toolkits
  • Self-expression and art in the climate crisis focus – Inviting learner’s creativity and expression into the global climate change space, beginning with self and place.

*Please note your preferred focus (of the 5 listed above) in the workshop request form.*

(anticipated engagement 1hour-1.5 * mindful of school schedules)

Place-based Learning: Reimagining our relationships with other beings (High School)

Invites learners into relationship with the beings just outside their doors. This is done through reimagining our connections through conversation and place-based learning. 

The 2 versions of the program, each with a unique focus that will allow learners to engage more deeply with the subject, are outlined below. (These workshops are available in-person in the Greater Vancouver area and online province-wide.)  

  • Science and Ecosystems into conversation – Imagining new pathways 
  • Sustainability Expressions –  What is the practice reimagined? Encouraging innovative possibilities.

*Please note your preferred focus (of the 2 listed above) in the workshop request form.*

(anticipated engagement 1hour-1.5 * mindful of school schedules)

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. For nurturers looking to make further connections, click here!

All programs weave in diverse Indigenous perspectives as well as emphasize our ability to change the systems we live in. 

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at education@sierraclub.bc.ca.


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