Get outside and learn about where you live!! The ESA will be offering to all SFU students and faculty an experiential environmental event at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale (10 minutes north of Squamish). This full day event will enable you to engage with the natural environment and discover the importance of outdoor education through first-hand interactions and with the aid of experienced guides.
Who? Any SFU undergrads, PDP, grad students or faculty may attend! The event will be lead by Cheakamus Centre program Alumni and ESA executives.
What? We will be leading several field studies related to birds and eagles, salmon, sustainable farming, and temperate rainforests. How often do we get to see one of the worlds largest bald eagle populations in their natural habitat, interact with live salmon or make art under the canopy of a cedar forest.
Why? The ESA hopes to show the value of outdoor learning by engaging students with the local ecosystems in our temperate rainforest. We will be bringing the classroom to the environment with hands-on interactions like releasing salmon, catching and identifying animals within local waterways, spending time in old growth forests and hanging out with baby farm animals while learning about sustainable agriculture. Activies such as these will help make lessons relatable rather than distant and abstract ideas in the classroom. We want to produce thoughtful citizens who value and advocate for our fragile environment.
Some extra information…
- We will be aiming to leave Vancouver around 8am on Saturday, Februrary 25th so that we can arrive in Squamish around 9am. We will be carpooling to this event; if you can offer rides to others please let the ESA know
- This event is outdoors and will happen rain or shine. We will be outdoors for majority of the day so please be prepared and dress appropriately. Waterproof jackets, hats, rain boots or water resistant shoes, and backpacks are highly recommended.
- We will run multiple field studies on these topics: salmon, birds, farm, and forest.
- This event will be providing lunch for attendees. Please let us know if you have a special diet. Vegetarian and vegan diets are being accounted for.
- Please bring a water bottle and a snack for the road and the trails!
The $15 fee includes the cost of the activities and guides, a gourmet lunch provided by the Award Winning Cheakamus Centre and your transportaion from Burnaby. Costs have been kindly subsidized by the Education Student Association.
Here is the link for the Cheakamus Centre to learn more about their facilities and programs http://www.cheakamuscentre.ca/s/home.asp