Wildsight Education

It’s no secret that change and education go hand in hand. Our children are the future stewards of the planet. The goals of our education programs are simple yet powerful: get children outside into their wild backyards in order to instill a sense of connection and place, and to give them the tools to face the challenges of sustainability with knowledge and inspiration.

 

Our education programs are delivered throughout the Columbia Basin by a team of inspiring educators and are directly linked to grade-specific Big Ideas.

Since 2001, Wildsight Education programs have connected over 90,000 kids with the natural world. Classroom With Outdoors and Winter Wonder make ecology come alive through hands-on activities like dip-netting, water quality testing and examining ice crystals in the snow. EcoStewards take students on a deeper dive, providing multiple opportunities for inquiry, action and place-based learning throughout the school year. 

Beyond Recycling, our 24-week sustainability education program tackles topics such as energy, waste and consumption, and empowers students to come up with creative solutions to environmental challenges. 

Go Wild and Columbia River Field School provide immersive multi-day adventures for high school students, challenging them to go beyond their limits and explore the deep and complex stories told by our region’s mountains and rivers. We also offer a full package of free lessons on the Columbia River watershed through our Teach the Columbia curriculum, best suited for high school students but adaptable for many ages.

Give the gift of awe and wonder by donating to our education programs or donate to the Jim & Laura Duncan Water Education Fund.

For inspiration, ideas, and resources to get your learners outside, visit our Environmental Education Resources page.


Education news

As a teacher, I can sometimes be weary of using premade resources in the classrooms of our Middle Years Program (MYP). Mt. Sentinel Secondary School…Read more 
It’s official: B.C’s annual April snow survey confirms this winter is leaving our province with its lowest snowpack on record at just…Read more 
Go Wild! challenges youth 14-18 on a six-day wilderness backpacking trip into the spectacular Kootenay backcountry. Go Wild! isn’t just a backpacking trip: it’s an education in backcountry camping and hiking that teaches students the wilderness skills needed to safely plan and undertake mountain expRead more 
We might be biased, but we're pretty keen about our EcoStewards program. And it seems we're not the only ones who feel that…Read more 
Boots squelch down the snowy path, a row of brightly-bundled faces scanning the surroundings as they tromp to today's wonder-filled outdoor classroom…Read more 

Stewards of the stream

January 11, 2024
A group of elementary school students is wiser about their local water thanks to an innovative program that connects kids, curiosity, and curriculum together to…Read more 
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Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.

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