Join us for engaging professional development opportunities throughout the school year for teachers, parents and curious educators.  The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre and Camp Thunderbird is committed to providing quality outdoor experiences that support healthy growth and development.


Looking for ways to get your students out into nature for year-round learning? Winter Wonders is a ProD workshop opportunity for educators designed to deepen your knowledge and increase your comfort level in sharing nature with your students in all seasons.

The coastal temperate rainforest is home to a vast diversity of life that is at our fingertips year-round, if we know where to look. We invite you to join our resident biologist Dr. Hana Kucera in discovering the natural history and ecology of the local ecosystem with an emphasis on winter adaptations.  In this immersive, experiential workshop, educators will learn to confidently identify local tree and shrub species, herbaceous plants, as well as fungi, invertebrates, birds and mammals. This workshop includes hands-on activities and resources that can be adapted for use in any local forest habitat, for all levels of students.

This program is ideal for educators interested in sharing nature with your students in all seasons and is inclusive of all experiences and abilities. We will be spending most of the day outside, so please come prepared and dressed for the weather. Please bring your own lunch and mask to wear in any indoor spaces.

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Program Fee (plus GST ) Dates
Winter Wonders Educator Workshop $80 Friday February 12, 2021

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