Lessons outside and recess in the rain, outdoor schools help kids’ physical literacy

Five school-age children are hopping across tree stumps and thick branches as part of an obstacle course — but it’s not a phys ed class. Another group of children have built a teeter-totter out of a wide board and a log — but it’s not recess. They’re all wearing running shoes, their jeans mud-streaked and hair […]

Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2015

Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba May 19 and 20, 2015 Learning to Indigenize: Kwantlen First Nation and the Maple Ridge Environmental School Project ( es.sd42.ca ) Imagine “schooling” without walls, a “community of learners” who participate in a variety of settings and activities, engage in hands-on, real lived experiences. The land, its histories […]

Transformation Through Drum Building

Drums are an instrument that are used daily at the Environmental School and the students therefore already have a strong connection and relationship with them. Having them build their own drums was the next step in creating a deeper more meaningful, personal connection. This paper will document the full circle of learning that takes place […]

Film explores Ridge environmental school

The father of an environmental school student has made a two-hour documentary about the unique choice school in Maple Ridge. Found in the Forest was shown to the public for the first time on April 2 at The ACT, for an invitation-only audience that was largely made up of local educators.

Outside Days

Every day is an outside day for the Kindergarten to Grade 7 students at Maple Ridge’s Environmental School Project (ESP). That’s because there is no school building. However, throughout the winter, there is a 5,157-hectare forest to study and explore. Five years ago, then Vice-Principal Clayton Maitland and teacher- librarian Jodi MacQuarrie, were imagining what […]