Programs designed for youth in Grade 4-7
Choose from 2 locations within Maple Ridge’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, including the convenient Main Entrance muster point; and the lakeside services at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre.
Location 1: Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge (Main Entrance)
Runs: All year
Program Types: Half-day or Full-day options
Cost*: $10 for Half-day Programs; $15 for Full-day Programs.
Location 2: Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge
Runs: August – June
Program Types: Day-use or overnight retreat
Day-Use Cost*: $40 includes lunch, facility use, & instructor-led programs
Retreat Cost*: $10 for half-day programs; $15 for full-day programs when booking an overnight retreat. Please contact Loon Lake for rates and availability.
*Costs are per youth & include staff and materials.
Our Seedlings program has been developed to further cultivate and grow the student-environment relationship through immersive place-based learning. Students will have the opportunity to branch out of their comfort zones and learn hands-on in a natural setting. Seedling modules provide students with the opportunity to understand how they, as well as all living things, sense and respond to the natural environment. From learning and observing the stages of local trout development to practicing the basics of wilderness survival, Seedling modules utilize both exploratory and directed learning environments.
We offer teachers and youth leaders a choice of 15 modules within the Seedlings program. They range from paddling Loon Lake, to identifying the call of an eagle, to orienteering in the wilderness. To view our current modules, drop us a note and we'll reply with the full range of curriculum.
Here are 3 (of the 15 modules) to choose from:
Survive the Wild - What’s in your hiking pack? Basic wilderness survival is important knowledge for any outdoor explorer. Students will learn various skills, such as learning how to collect fresh water, building different shelter types, and learning how to use a compass.
Beaks & Feathers - Spread your wings in this module all about the birds in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest! Students will learn to identify local bird species by sight and sound while exploring their natural habitats and learning about their life cycles. Students will also determine what their own wingspan would be if they were a bird, learn how and what birds eat, and learn to build the perfect nest that they can take home with them!
Wayfinding in the Woods - Students are sure not to get lost on their next forest adventure after this module, by learning how to navigate through nature! Find your way through the woods by learning about different compass direction, follow along trails and learn how to read and make your own maps! Head North, South, East, West, and every direction in-between to get your bearings and understand the importance of wayfinding and trip planning in the wilderness!
Understand the interconnected nature of the environment and the role humans play.
Identify common species found in the coastal temperate rainforests of BC.
Develop appreciation for the importance of natural systems, such as water, rock, and nutrient cycles.
Harness the natural environment to enhance classroom topics and promote further exploration.
Encourage team-building and collective problem solving through group challenges and obstacles.