Students at Dewdney Elementary School receive lessons in gardening last year. The school is planning to expand its Community Outdoor Recreation and Environment programs.

Students at Dewdney Elementary School receive lessons in gardening last year. The school is planning to expand its Community Outdoor Recreation and Environment programs.

Dewdney elementary to expand its CORE program

Community Outdoor Recreation and Environment program will expand to include aboriginal elements, an outdoor classroom and a greenhouse.

The community of Dewdney is coming together to help students learn in the classroom and connect with the outdoors.

Dewdney elementary school began implementing its Community Outdoor Recreation and Environment (CORE) program last year and will be expanding it over the next two years to include aboriginal elements, an outdoor classroom and a greenhouse. There are also plans to put in a weather station and area for insects, which will be known as the “insect hotel.”

“We can’t do it all at once,” said Sue McLeod, principal at Dewdney. “We want to be methodical and really try to make sure what we integrate into the curriculum makes sense.”

McLeod started the idea for the program with a $2,000 grant from Whole Kids Foundation last year.

She used the money to build gardens at Dewdney and Deroche schools and encouraged students to learn while digging in the dirt.

Vegetables were planted in the small  4×8 ft. garden box and students watched them grow.

Over the past summer, McLeod, who lives four minutes away from the school, helped maintain the plants, and met with parents and others in the school community to discuss how to “green” the school grounds.

“For me, my passion has always been outdoor education,” said McLeod, who talked to her staff and community about how to make it part of the school identity.

Since then, she has been applying for more funding for the program which will include lessons in the outdoors, on land, and in the water.

Students will learn wilderness survival skills, such as how to start a fire without matches, tie knots, and build a lean-to shelter.

On land, they will learn rock climbing, team building and problem solving skills, and in the water, they will learn to kayak and swim. Grade 6 students will even try summiting the challenging Dewdney Grind trail.

Students will also have lessons inside and a gardening component.

Worm composting in the classroom teaches students about organic waste and gives them the opportunity to watch the worms and see what happens to soil when it breaks down.

“We hope this will be a centre for training for outdoor education,” said McLeod, who also plans to research how the program will help develop social responsibility and academic success in children.

 

Just Posted

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

web
Mission students hold rally, say everyone welcome at school

Ecole Christine Morrison Elementary School hosted an Anti-Racism Day on June 15

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Most Read