To deliver unparalleled educational experiences that build confidence and connectivity in a natural environment.
To deliver applied learning experiences with real-world application. We incorporate responsible curriculum through qualified instruction that celebrates British Columbia’s natural environment.
The human-nature relationship is changing. Research continues to showcase the overwhelming importance of cultivating a meaningful connection between people and natural places. These connections have been scientifically proven to help individuals lead healthier lives, while working to promote environmental sustainability. However, in a time of constant technological advances and densifying urban spaces, the data is continuing to confirm the growing divide in these nature based relationships, which has been found to contribute to our current environmental and human health 'crises'.
Did you know?
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before (Rivkin, 1995; Clements, 2004; Louv, 2005).
Children are six times more likely to play a video game than ride a bike (Cauchon, 2005).
Research has linked children’s reduced contact with nature to trends in childhood depression, cognitive disabilities, obesity, and diabetes (Louv, 2005).
Children can identify over a thousand corporate logos and hundreds of Pokemons, however are unable to identify many local species (Balmford et al. 2002; Pyle, 2002).
In the Western World, stress-related illnesses are a growing concern (WHO, 2005;
The thought of needing to fix ourselves and the environment sounds daunting, BUT what if it wasn’t? Researchers continue to acknowledge that:
Nature has been linked to physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive benefits, that positively influence an individual’s development and well-being (Chawla, 1998; Kellert, 2002; Louv, 2005; Hartig et al., 2014).
There is a link between childhood outdoor recreation and pro-environmental attitudes in later life (Chawla and Derr, 2012; Ewert et al. 2005; Wells and Lekies, 2006).
Environmental education is one the most significant tools in reversing current trends in biodiversity loss (Feinsinger, 1998; Jacobson and McDuff 1998; Wilson, 1996).
The Wild & Immersive team believes that providing youth and adults with outdoor experiences that are fun, engaging, and educational, will not only better one’s personal and social well-being, but help create a healthy and resilient environment. Our programs are designed to plant the seed of environmental curiosity, by educating participants about British Columbia's diverse ecology, through hands-on activities and outdoor recreation. Because, at the end of the day, it’s hard to protect something you don’t love, and it’s hard to love something you don’t understand.