Understanding today to ensure tomorrow

Today, students are aware of the global threats to the environment (e.g. climate change), but their physical contact with nature is fading. Limited time, resources and green spaces to physically step into nature make it difficult to grasp concepts they may be learning.

Many children can identify over 1000 corporate logos, but can't name 10 plants or animals in their backyards. Although building a relationship with nature is much more than just learning the names of the bugs, trees, and terms, it may inspire curiosity and serve as a tool for future learning.  Connecting to where we live and understanding our interconnections and interdependence on all the nature around us is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference at a base level.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice, if you are planning for a decade, plant trees, if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
— Chinese proverb

Our in-class and outdoor hands-on programs align with the new British Columbia curriculum and focus on the land, water and wildlife of BC to demonstrate the rich biodiversity, indigenous history and culture, the importance of our unique environment, our impacts and conservation issues.

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Ripple Coasts' pillars for Programs

+ 1) COASTAL BRITISH COLUMBIA

Coastal BC has the highest biodiversity in all of North America and some of the world's most productive ecosystems, however many are being threatened. Our programs allow students to recognize their local flora and fauna, make connections, and provide practical steps everyone can take towards reaching a more sustainable future.

+ 2) INDIGENOUS CULTURE, HISTORY and practices

West coast First Nations have used and occupied the land since time immemorial. The rich and fascinating culture, history, and traditions are deeply rooted in the land, waters, and wildlife of BC. Just as keystone species exists in the ecological sense, cultural keystone species and places exist as well. They are based on the significance to cultural identity via roles fundamental to a culture that can include food, medicine, materials, and spiritual practice (Garibaldi and Turner 2004) which our programs aim to highlight.

+ 3) Unstructured play

As important as education is for understanding concepts about our environment and support for conservation, simply being present and playing in nature can provide indescribable wonder, awe, happiness and more. Our programs incorporate time for unstructured, unmediated and un-interrupted opportunities for free, spontaneous play and contact with nature.

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