On November 26th, thirty-five Grade 5 and 6 students from Grandview/¿uuqinak'uuh Elementary School joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of outdoor exploration and discovery at Cheakamus Centre.
Despite cool and rainy weather, the students’ spirits were not dampened. “Our team and our kids had a fantastic time,” said Principal Risha Golby. “From eagle spotting, canoeing, pond study, and the simple excitement of spending a night at camp with your friends, everyone came back smiling, full of stories, and maybe just a little damp.”
Cheakamus Centre’s immersive outdoor experiences are about engaging learners in fun and meaningful ways that foster an emotional connection to nature. “It was a wet and wonderful day; one [student] counted 48 eagles!” said Travis Muir, conservation and engagement coordinator for NCC, who shared the students’ contagious enthusiasm for this remarkable day in nature’s classroom.
Through its Nature Days program, the NCC is creating life-changing opportunities for city kids to explore nearby wild spaces that they may not get many opportunities to visit. By creating opportunities for students to access natural areas, NCC helps to inspire the next generation of healthy outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.
Cheakamus Centre has held a conservation covenant with NCC since 1997. The conservation agreement protects the centre’s 165 hectares of lush coastal forest, and critically important habitat for five species of Pacific salmon and overwintering populations of bald eagles, which depend on the salmon for a food supply.
Click on the links to learn more about conservation efforts at Cheakamus Centre, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada.