Stepping into Nature is a full-day, outdoor education program that gives grade 6&7 elementary school students a chance to spend time outside learning about their environment and what we can do to protect it.
The goals of the Festival are:
1. To reconnect students with their natural environments,
2. To showcase STEM careers in environmental science and education
3. To build community support and awareness of local environmental groups and their respective activities and missions
4. To support youth in the development of leadership skills
Inspired by Richard Louv’s famous book, The Last Child in the Woods, the festival reminds students to shut off technology and reconnect with nature in a meaningful way. The Stepping into Nature Festival has been developed using latest developments in environmental education – transformative pedagogies and environmental inquiry – to build on children’s natural curiosity of the world.
Students will complete unique activity stations within the Delta Nature Reserve and along Lower Cougar Creek featuring interactive and hands-on activities linking curricular content and competencies to best practices in outdoor education.