INDIGENOUS - Connecting to the Land: Classroom Outdoor Learning at Goldstream

Join two local SD62 teachers, Roberta Standley and Adina McIndoe, at Goldstream Provincial Park for a morning of hands-on activities to engage your class in outdoor learning experiences. Activities will include salmon studies, nature journaling, plant identification, quiet sit spot activities, and trail and ecosystem exploration. Participants will also learn ways to weave the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPOL) and Indigenous Knowledge into land-based learning. Prepare to hike the Arbutus Loop Ridge with us to explore one of the many trails available at Goldstream. Please be prepared to do plenty of walking (proper footwear and attire is encouraged), and bring a water bottle along with morning snacks.

Location: Goldstream Provincial Park Campground/Trails (by Ma Millerís, Sooke Lake Rd.)

Participants will meet at the top gravel parking lot at Goldstream Provincial Park (where the campsites are) on Sooke Lake Rd. There is parking at Ma Millerís Pub across the road. 


Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Please bring water, a mid-morning snack, and a clipboard or journal if you have one. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as we will also be hiking the Arbutus Loop.  We will have resources printed off for you to use in your classrooms, and we will share our Google Drive of activities with you when we obtain a list of your email addresses. Adina and I are looking forward to our workshop with all of you.  See you there!


8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Willway Elementary School
    Roberta Standley

    Roberta Standley and Adina McIndoe, two grade 4/5 teachers from Willway Elementary, teach to the First Peoples Principles of Learning in their classrooms as part of the POL Program through the Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education Program. Long time passionate individuals of the outdoors and practicing that a classroom does not need to have four walls to be a meaningful and successful learning place.

  • Adina McIndoe