Outdoor Learning Activities

The student-centred learning activities have been developed to support SD44’s Educational Continuity Plan for elementary learners. Place-based environmental learning approaches link strongly to the core competencies.


Nature Art
Nature Art
Nature Numeracy
Nature Numeracy
Trash to Treasure
Trash to Treasure
Ethnobotany @ Cheakamus
Ethnobotany @ Cheakamus
Cheakamus Centre Longhouse
Cheakamus Centre Longhouse
Ch’iyákmesh River
Ch’iyákmesh River
Hummingbird at Cheakamus Centre
Hummingbird at Cheakamus Centre
Sensory Wake-up
Sensory Wake-up
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Nature Cologne
Nature Cologne
Sound Mapping
Sound Mapping
Instant Camera
Instant Camera
My Special Place
My Special Place

Activities Designed around the Thinking Core Competency:

1. Weaving

Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. 

  • Weaving with Aura Part 1: Introduction Video (Coming soon)
  • Weaving with Aura Part 2: Weaving at Home Video (Coming soon)


2. Nature Art

Can you find art in nature? Can you create an environmental work of art by blending bits and pieces of the place that surrounds you? Find a beautiful spot that you can use as your nature art gallery.

  • Learning Activity Guide


3. Nature Numeracy

Numeracy skills can be practiced anywhere. It is a lot of fun to find Math in nature. Can you demonstrate your numeracy skills by making fractions with found objects in your backyard or in nearby nature?

  • Learning Activity Guide


4. Trash to Treasure

Your challenge is to create something useful and/or beautiful out of something that would usually be thrown away (either in the recycling or garbage).

  • Learning Activity Guide


Activities Designed around the Communication Core Competency:

Storytelling is an important aspect of Indigenous cultures throughout the world. Our stories will highlight the connection between People and Place, including some of our most beloved people and places from Cheakamus Centre.

1. Ethnobotany - a study of local plants and their uses

Imagine that you are living here hundreds of years ago... Imagine there are no stores, no refrigerators, no stoves or microwaves. Everything you need for food, tools and medicine needs to be gathered from nature.

  • Stories from Cheakamus Centre - Botany with Aura Video
  • Learning Activity Guide


2. Stories of Special Place

What are the stories of your special place?

  • Stories from Cheakamus Centre - The Longhouse with Xwalacktun Video
  • Learning Activity Guide


3. Interview with a Family Member

Interview a family member about an important family 'treasure'.

  • Stories from the River with Matthew Video
  • Learning Activity Guide


4. Backyard Birding

Be a Scientist, become an expert observer!

  • Hummingbirds with Victor Video
  • Learning Activity Guide


Activities around the Personal and Social Core Competency:


1. Sensory Wake-up Learning Activity

Wake up your senses, hone your observation skills and explore your local environment!

  • Learning Activity Video 
  • Learning Activity Guide


2. Mindfulness Learning Activity

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. It is a great way to enhance your connection with nature.

  • Learning Activity Video 
  • Learning Activity Guide
  • Earth Day @ Home inspired activities - Click here!


3. Nature Cologne Learning Activity

Create and share a wonderful smelling perfume from the variety of plants and trees in your environment. 

  • Learning Activity Guide


4. Sound Mapping Learning Activity

Do you hear what I hear? Make a sound map while sitting outdoors and tuning into your sense of sound. This activity will also help you to feel calm and focused.

  • Learning Activity Guide


5. Instant Camera Learning Activity

Partner with a family member to create “pictures” of beautiful and interesting things in your local environment.

  • Learning Activity Guide


6. My Special Place Learning Activity

Choose and explore a special natural place. Describe the local environment using your senses and discover your own connections to place!

  • Learning Activity Video 
  • Learning Activity Guide


7. Make A Piece Of Nature Learning Activity

Connect with nature by building a miniature garden in a glass container. You can choose if you want this to live indoors or outdoors.

  • Learning Activity Guide


We hope these activities will support students, families and teachers to take their learning outdoors - stay tuned for new Outdoor Learning @ Home Activities every week. Watch our social media channels (Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube) for more Outdoor Learning @ Home #OL@H ideas!

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