Wild About Outdoor Learning 2023 Update

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WILD ABOUT Outdoor Learning Festivals ’23


Our first year as a provincial non-profit in British Columbia is something to celebrate.  Take a look at how communities came together to participate in outdoor learning.

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TidalWAV’23 – Wild About Vancouver –- Community Event at Stanley Park 

Ceperley Park / Second Beach -main field, beach, Park Ranger Station, Covered Picnic Area

May 27, 2023
9:30 am – 3:30 pm



Indigenous Acknowledgement – Audrey Siegl of the Musqueam Nation

B.C. government – Deputy Speaker & Vancouver West End MLA -nSpencer Chandra Herbert  

Carrie Froese – Executive Director – Wild About Outdoor Learning Society


Educational activities and information for people of all ages

·      ParticipACTION booth to register for draw prizes;  sign up for the free ParticipACTION APP & June Community Challenge;  Sign up for Wild About training

·      Second Beach Ever Being Yoga with Danielle Clarke (10:30 am;  1130 am; 12:30 pm)

·      Covered Picnic Area by the fire truck / Author Visits and Activity focussed on nature / outdoor learning.  Special thanks to the BC Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association Tent with Children’s authors:   Tiffany Stone (10:30 am; 11:30 am; Margriet Ruurs (11:00 am; 12 noon; 1:00 pm; Sheryl McFarlane (12:30 pm; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm)

·      Nature Walks (1 hour ) – Sign Up and Meet at the Park Ranger Station beside the Second Beach Concession Stand) for:  Indigenous Plant Walks with Lori Snyder  (10:15 am; 11:30 am); A Walk in the Park with the Lead Park Ranger, Chris Penton (12:30; 1:45 pm)

Ceperley (Second Beach) Park Activities: The Wild Moccasin Dancers – Powwow Dance Workshops (10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm); Bhangra Dancing with Monica from the Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club (2:00 pm; 2:45 pm); Free Kick Soccer with Hall of Fame, Carrie Serwetnyk (2:00 pm); Cooperative Games with Hart Banack and Ben Deware (10:30 am; 11:30 am and 1:30 pm);

Booth Activities on the beach side of the park

1.   B.C. Literacy Council –  Scavenger Hunt and Book give-away 

2.  Singing with Sandy

3.   Better Birders – Spot local birds with help

4.   United For Literacy – Books and More

5.   Muddy Boot Prints – Activities for PreSchoolers

6.   Take Me Outside – School Aged Initiative

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#getOUTdoors   #goOUTdoors #getINvolved

  • Thanks to HRI (The Human Rights Internet) for their generous grant to further our work in anti-racism and understanding of Indigenous knowledges and wisdom.  The grant went toward costs of the honorarium for the Indigenous acknowledgement, The Wild Moccasin Dancer fees, The Bhangra dancers fees, and the Indigenous Plant Walks with Lori Snyder.
  • Thanks to Participation and individual donors for funding to cover costs of physical fitness activities and equipment, operating expenses and website development.
  • Thanks to the B.C. Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association and United for Literacy for hosting authors, literacy activities and scavenger hunts, the giant book give-away and facilitating learning about eco-systems, biodiversity, sustainability and outdoor sport.
  • Special Thanks to Kidsbooks and all of our tireless committee members and volunteers who made Tidal WAV 2023 a success!

Wild About Burnaby at Maywood Elementary School – June 2023

Coordinator – Larkyn Froese


School based events throughout June 

·      AdventureSmartTraining with Carrie Froese – Hug a Tree and Survive  

·      Singing with SandySandy Murray went into two classes to solidify the connection between outdoor learning, music and literacy. Sandy is on faculty with SongWorks, an international music education organization. She came into the classroom to celebrate nature and time outdoors through singing and playing song experience games.  Sponsored by the BCLCILA.

·      Donations of 90 books from Scholastic, Portage & Main Press, Saunder Books & Arsenal Pulp (facilitated by BL Literacy Council)

·      $1,000 of funding provided by the B.C.Literacy Council to purchases books from Vancouver Kidsbooks were available to educators, families, and children at Tidal WAV’23 for completing a scavenger hunt that she designed

·      ParticipACTION in all things active and outdoors  

·      Worm Bin – support and teachings from the Vancouver Demonstration Garden on the Arbutus greenway

About Lheidli T’enneh / Prince George – Community Based Event – Caledonia Nordic Center

June 24th, 2023  

9 am – 4 pm


FREE activities, demos, and information booths to celebrate being outdoors for health and wellness, to connect with more-than-humans, and learn experientially.

Prince George Search and Rescue will be there with the New Prince George Search and Rescue Mobile Search Command Centre!  All activities are FREE.  Activities will be lead key local experts and knowledge holders.  Come and celebrate being outdoors with us on Saturday June 24

Acknowledging the traditional and unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh

In the words of Edler Edie Frederick- Az inyalh – Go (walk) Outside

Opening / Acknowledgement 

·      Elder Mike Bozoki 


·      Drumming with Khastan Drummers and Ann Bozoki (30 min)

·      Survive Outside Presentation – Dave Branco (PG SAR)

·      Poetree Walk with Al Rempel (SD 57) (60 min)

·      Prince George Cycling Club

·      Mountain Bike Social Ride *people need to bring bikes

·      Outdoor Art with Jennifer Pighin (Lheidli T’enneh) (60 min)

·      Birdwatching with Dr. Jennifer Wigglesworth

·      RCABC “Canoeing” booth and safety demos

·      Yoga with Chinook Yoga

·      Soundwalk with Glen Thielmann

·      Lunch and Booths

·      Bird and Plant walk with the PG Naturalist Society

·      Foraging with Dr. Hugues Massicotte (UNBC)

·      Dakelh Language: Food and medicinal plant uses- Jess Field (SD 57)

·      Geocaching with Eric Charest (SD 57)

·      Poetree Walk with Al Rempel

·      Team Building games with Dr. Hart Banack (UNBC) – ecology

·      UHNBC Drum Group- Meet the drums

·      UHNBC Drum Group Full Group Drum

Planning for Wild About Outdoor Learning 2024 Events/ Festivals in schools and communities is now underway.  Stay tuned!

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