Programs designed for young adults in Grade 8 - 12


Our Saplings program has been created to both grow old and inspire new natural connections between youth and the environment. These programs have been crafted to facilitate place-based learning and ecological enlightenment through exploratory adventures and academic modules. Students will critically analyze real-world issues by observing them on a more local and immersive scale. Our modules focus on developing prior knowledge of natural environments and understanding the interconnected nature of various ecosystem components. Students can gain practical field experience while strengthening their teamwork, communication, observation, and problem solving skills.

Choose from 2 locations within Maple Ridge’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, including the convenient Main Entrance muster point; and the lakeside services at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre.

Location 1: Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge (Main Entrance)
Runs: All year
Program Types: Half-day or Full-day options
Cost*: $10 for Half-day Programs; $15 for Full-day Programs.

Location 2: Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge
Runs: August – June
Program Types: Day-use or overnight retreat
Rates: $10 for half-day programs; $15 for full-day programs when booking a retreat. Additional facility charges apply, please contact Loon Lake for facility rates and availability.


We offer teachers and youth leaders a choice of 15 modules within the Saplings program. Modules range from invertebrates studies to team-building survival challenges to identifying the ecosystem significance of common plant species in the forest. To view our current modules, contact us for our information package.


  • Understand the interconnected nature of forest ecosystems and the role humans play as part of that system.

  • Strengthen teamwork skills by working in groups to solve real-world problems in a local and immersive setting.

  • Develop deeper connections with the natural environment by enhancing ecological literacy.

  • Practice wilderness survival, observational, and analytical skills in a hands-on outdoor setting.

  • Explain the importance of all stakeholders involved in resource management and the importance of incorporating traditional environmental knowledge and First Nations’ perspectives.


Your Name *
Your Name
Your Phone #
Your Phone #
Desired Program Duration
Age of Group *
Preferred Date of Program
Preferred Date of Program
Leave blank if open to suggestions.