Photo by Lucas Jmieff
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Monica Nissen

Monica Nissen

Education Director

Wildsight Regional

A passion for the wilderness and a gift for teaching have drawn Monica into the field of environmental education where she has worked both inside and outside the classroom. From guiding mountaineering trips in the Coast Mountains for Outward Bound to designing workshops on sustainability for the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership, to describing the life cycle of the spawning salmon at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Monica has spent the last 15 years developing and delivering educational programs that inspire the next generation of stewards of the Earth. Currently, she and her team of educators deliver BC curriculum-linked programs to over 3,000 kids a year throughout the Columbia Basin.

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Monica's work

Classroom With Outdoors offers B.C.-curriculum-based outdoor education to promote healthy, hands-on learning through exciting and engaging activities. Our knowledgeable, experienced education professionals help students form lasting connections with nature while having fun and learning. Read More 
What a great way to deepen the love primary students have for the outdoors. Winter Wonder programs are outdoor, winter ecology field studies — real experiences — that take primary classes outside to learn something new. Read More 
Due to a decrease in funding, Nature Through the Seasons will NOT be offered during the 2023-24 school year. Please check back next year… Read More 
EcoStewards offers an excellent opportunity to showcase how environmental education can effectively and successfully provide opportunities for 21st century learning, including inquiry, action and place-based learning. Read More 
Teach The Columbia is a curriculum package meant to help educators engage their students with many dimensions of the Columbia River watershed — past, present, and… Read More 
The Columbia River Field School is an extraordinary learning experience for youth ages 15-18. Over 15 days, you can paddle the Columbia River, sleep under starry skies, have fun, make friends, engage in the stories of this river, and learn about yourself along the way. Read More