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 place-based, experiential learning, encouraging students to engage with their senses and learn with fun, hands-on activities.

Our dynamic programs depend on effective community partnerships. Blue Triton (Formerly Nestle Waters Canada) has provided vital multi-year funding since 2009 and now funds our Grade 4 and 5 programs. The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission provides funding for the Grade 6 Skagit Valley Camp. Local School District 78 Fraser-Cascade shares our commitment to outdoor education and currently funds Strong Start, Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2 and 3 programs, and contributes 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 outdoors.

Contact us for more information about educational programs we can do for your group.  Email our Outdoor Educator, Rowan Lalonde at or call 416-809-7044

 An introduction to the fascinating world of terrestrial insects and how their adaptions have led to their mighty success on planet earth! 

Combining classroom activities with field-based explorations, students explore the fascinating world of insects! Covering concepts such adaptations, life cycles and behaviour, we will discuss the many ways insects are beneficial to humans and earth, and also how some are pesky and detrimental! See how social colonies such as bees, ants and termites communicate and work together to be successful. The very popular “Bee Game” played during the field trip will have
students communicating through dance!

Locations: On school premises or at the local park if desired.

Options include: Cheam Wetlands or Spirit Trails in Agassiz; Ruby Creek Adventure Park, Thacker Marsh, Rotary Trail or Dr. RD Morrison Park in Hope.

Grade: 2

Curriculum Overview: Insects Program: learning outcomes, pre-trip, field trip, post-trip.

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Teacher Feedback:

“It was terrific. Everything about it was A+. Educators did a
wonderful job and the kids and I learned a lot. It was really well done.”

“We really enjoyed our class presentation and field trip. They were educational, interactive and enjoyable!”

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