Introduction

Hope Mountain Centre believes in getting children outside. Direct experience in nature gives kids a stronger connection to the outdoors, improving their physical and emotional health and guiding them toward better stewardship of the ecosystems where they live. Our curriculum is locally-developed, reflecting the unique ecology and human history of our region. Each program addresses specific learning objectives for each grade level, as defined by the provincial curriculum guide. Outdoor programs emphasize experiential learning, encouraging students to engage with their senses and learn with fun, hands-on activities. Our programs depend on partnerships. Nestle Waters Canada has been a strong corporate partner, providing multi-year funding since 2009. The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission provides funding for the Skagit Valley Camp. Local School District 78 Fraser-Cascade shares our commitment to outdoor education, contributing in-kind resources such as teachers and parent chaperones. Land agencies such as Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and BC Parks provide access to diverse landscapes needed for fieldtrip activities. Lastly, community volunteers provide crucial support, helping to teach students and keep them safe in the outdoors.

Strong Start programs reach young children and parents with indoor and outdoor experiences.

Topics include animal adaptations, beavers, forests, rivers, and ponds. We give kids the chance to touch real artifacts such as skulls and pelts, and we use entertaining props such as puppets and scale models to convey concepts.

Contact us for more information about educational programs we can do for your group.  E-mail kpearce@hopemountain.org or call 604-869-0166.

Location: Coquihalla Elementary School

Ages: 0–5

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