SPROUTS
Programs designed for Preschool - Grade 3

Overview:

Our Sprouts program has been created for preschool to grade 3 students and delivers an immersive, hands-on approach to environmental based learning. This program focuses on planting the seed of environmental curiosity by facilitating place-based nature connections for younger-aged students.

With a variety of BC based modules, we explore the forest from microscopic critters to ancient old-growth trees. Youth will grow a deep rooted appreciation for their natural surroundings that can inspire further classroom teachings or environmental study. Modules incorporate all elements of outdoor learning and encourage youth to develop hypothesizing, listening, observing, questioning, and discussing 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
Day-Use Cost*: $40 includes lunch, facility use, & instructor-led programs
Retreat Cost*: $10 for half-day programs; $15 for full-day programs when booking an overnight retreat. Please contact Loon Lake for rates and availability.
*Costs are per youth & include staff and materials.

MODULE EXAMPLES:

We offer teachers and youth leaders a choice of 13 modules within the Sprouts program. Modules range from tracking mammals through their habitat to soil and insect exploration. To view our current modules, contact us for our information package.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Inspire place-based connections between both students and the beautiful coastal temperate rainforest.

  • Inspire connections between students and their fellow classmates.

  • Promote environmental curiosity by allowing free-range exploration and observations.

  • Encourage self-awareness and recognition of the human role in ecosystems.

  • Gain appreciation for the intricacy of living things and the interconnectedness of a forest system.

  • Spark interest in environmental stewardship in a community based setting

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.

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