Stepping Into Nature Festival



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.

 ​Festival Topics Include:

– Peatlands and wetlands                       – Species Adaptations and Biodiversity
– Ecological Restoration                          – Ecosystems and Interactions
– Indigenous worldviews                         – Human Impact
– Species at risk & habitat loss               – Ecological Services

    Themes are aligned with current grade 6/7 BC Science and Social Studies Core Competencies.

Click HERE to download a poster for teachers at your school!


WHERE:    The Delta Nature Reserve (Planet Ice Parking Lot)
Get directions using the address: 10389 Nordel Court.

DATE:       October 3, 4, 5 or 6, 2017 (choose one)

TIME:        9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

PRICE:      $10 per student (minimum registration: 20 students per group; maximum registration: 30 students per group)

* Transportation to and from the Stepping into Nature Festival is not included in the price listed above. Additional support may be available for schools that demonstrate financial need.

 Meet the Partners

The Stepping into Nature Festival would not be possible without the strong support of our amazing community partners! Get to know this year’s partners by reading their bios below.
Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers!

Cougar Creek Streamkeepers is an informal group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of Cougar Creek, a salmon stream that rises in Surrey, British Columbia (Canada), flows through North Delta and empties into the Fraser River.

Their principal projects are streamside restoration, salmon rearing and release, creation of rain gardens to reduce stormwater damage to the creek, removal of english ivy and other invasives, and litter pickup

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society is celebrating their 30th year of wildlife education programs, nature workshops and stewardship activities.

​They engage, educate and connect youth and adults to the natural world and its rich biodiversity. They reach about 10,000 individuals a year across the entire lower mainland and in other regions of BC

Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society!
Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Fraser River Discover Centre!

The Fraser River Discovery Centre aims to be the Voice of the Fraser in presenting the stories of the Fraser River and their contributions to the life, history, and future of British Columbia.

They offer rotating exhibits and hands-on programs, presenting the river’s contribution to the life, history, and future of British Columbia and its people.

Earthwise Society is a catalyst for the creation of sustainable communities through empowering individuals to take responsibility for social, economic and environmental well-being. They model sustainable practices and provide opportunities for active learning and stewardship.

The Earthwise Farm puts the community in touch with food, where it comes from, how it grows, the ecological costs of getting it to our tables, and the importance of sustainable growing practices

Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Earthwise Society!

The STRIVE Program at South Delta Secondary uses a cross-curricular learning approach to allow students to study English, math, physical education and science by exploring the natural settings of South Delta.

Grade 10 Students enrolled in the STRIVE Program train with environmental partners to learn what it takes to run an activity station for the Stepping into Nature Festival. 

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