Students take learning outside

  • Mar. 31, 2006 8:00 p.m.

Is there a better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on the beach? For David Greenall’s Outdoor Education class at Queen Charlotte Secondary there is. Not only do they get to spend most of their six hour a week class outside, but they get credit for it as well.
The course is a new offering this year, after there had been a lengthy hiatus in outdoor education programming at the school.
The students made it happen, said Mr. Greenall. There are 16 keeners in the class, he says, who wanted an option that got them learning outside.
“So we didn’t have to take Law 12,” the students piped in when the Observer talked with them on the beach at Spruce Point in Queen Charlotte about why they wanted an outdoor education course.
Other reasons included “learning useful skills for life on the islands” and “understanding the land we live in a little better.”
A third of the course is run in conjunction with the Hecate Strait Streamkeepers and the students have been learning about fish habitat and stream rehabilitation.
One recent field trip took them to Leandre Creek, where the mouth of the stream was choked with logs. The students made short work of clearing the channel.
They have also adopted the Haydn Turner Campground and were out in force filling six bags of garbage last week.
The students say they like doing clean up work on the trails because it makes them feel like they’ve actually accomplished something.
Another trail they’ve worked on is the Gore Brook Trail and the class has been helping with some projects in Rennell Sound as well.
Soon they will head to Moresby Adventure Camp to do some work and learn about the Outward Bound program.
Next month, Mr. Greenall says, will be focusing a lot more on kayaking and water safety.

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii gets top spot in The World

It was already a nice Christmas present, but Keith Moore was really… Continue reading

McNeill fined again for illegal fishing

A local man with a long history of poaching has been convicted… Continue reading

Painting her way home

Janine Gibbons talks about all she learned illustrating Haida and Tlingit story books

Old Massett taps grassroots for community plan

Over coffee, kitchen tables, and community dinners, Old Massett is taking a… Continue reading

Subsea internet cable to link up Haida Gwaii

Cable to connect Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast with mainland network

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Complaint against Prince George RCMP in death of Wet’suwet’en man

Thirty-five year old Dale Culver died while in Prince George RCMP custody last summer.

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Most Read