Mulgrave offers a vibrant Outdoor Education Programme that engages students in experiential learning opportunities that make links between outdoor education and their classroom learning experiences.
We believe our students should have:
- Opportunities to develop an individual connection with nature
- Opportunities to develop an individual connection with their peers and with their teachers inside and outside of the classroom
- Outdoor experiences that are authentically connected to the areas of Academics, Athletics, the Arts, and Citizenship
- Classroom learning experiences that are enhanced by direct curriculum links to 'real life' outdoor experiences
In the Early Years, Outdoor Education focusses on joyful experiences in nature and the development of physical skills to navigate different terrains and understand body movement. Students become more familiar with nature and make connections with Indigenous Ways of Knowing. A great deal of exploration happens at Mulgrave, and in particular on the Nature Trail that encircles our campus; Kindergarten students all take weekly forest walks. Students also have the opportunity to take a field trip to our Squamish Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) Centre.
Examples of connections to classroom learning and IB units of inquiry include:
- PK3 unit related shelters, which includes exploring the treehouse at the SOLE Centre and creating tarp shelters
- PK4 How the World Works unit in which students learn about seasonal changes in the fall
- Kindergarten field trip to SOLE during their unit of inquiry about materials