News from School

Superintendent Letter: Planning for a Safe and Inclusive Halloween

Dear families, Halloween is just around the corner and I know that our school communities are looking forward to celebrating this holiday in creative ways. To ensure that all members in our school communities are able to enjoy this holiday, I wanted to reach out with a gentle reminder to please be thoughtful in the […]

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 […]

AMD Case Study Report Nov. 2013

Putting education in context  School District 42 is in the municipality of Maple Ridge and the District of Pitt Meadows in British Columbia, Canada. Public educators there have been working to complement their conventional school system with a revolutionary approach to teaching—one that doesn’t rely on desks, chairs, blackboards, or even a classroom. Local educator […]

Found in the Forest

Found In The Forest is a documentary exploring the Environmental School, a new public school in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada which opened it’s doors in the fall of 2011. The film investigates the differences between it and traditional schools, looking at the style of learning, ecological involvement, class structure, and the impact of outdoor […]