North Vancouver School District
the natural place to learn©
Outdoor Education Academy


Located at Sutherland Secondary, Grade 10

Check out the Outdoor Education Academy website.

About the Outdoor Education Academy

Beginning in September 2018, the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) formed a partnership with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) to offer the Outdoor Education Academy at Sutherland Secondary School. This Academy is open to all students who will be in grade 10 for the 2019-2020 school year.

The program consists of an Outdoor Learning and Environmental Stewardship curriculum as set out by OBC and  NVSD and is in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Physical and Health Education 10, Outdoor Education 10 and 11 and the required curricular competencies and standards of English 10 and Socials Studies 10. Some cross curricular Science and Math will also be included.

Application to the program requires students to transfer to Sutherland Secondary for the full year.

The OEA will take students out of the classroom and into nature. It will provide hands-on experiential learning that will erode the traditional boundaries between subject areas and offer interdisciplinary learning in the outdoors. Throughout the school-year, students will take part in a wide variety of outdoor endeavours that are both day trips and overnight stays.

One Integrated Semester of extensive outdoor learning will occur. Approximately half of this semester will be in the field and half will be classroom based. Overnight excursions will take place during this semester. The other semester called the Block Semester will provide Science 10, Math 10, a Language 10 and Outdoor Learning 11.

Please note: transportation to and from the Academy is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Click here to view the 2019/20 Outdoor Education Academy flyer.

Click here to visit the Outdoor Education Academy website.

Application Procedures

Parents/Guardians of North Vancouver School District students must apply online to Out of District applicants should contact to receive the application link.

Applications are accepted from January 21, 2019 to March 1, 2019.

The Integrated and Block semesters will be completed by all students.  

Priority for placement will be given to students who attend a North Vancouver School District school. Transportation to and from the Academy site is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.

All North Vancouver students currently in grade 9 are welcome to apply. Applicants must be:

  • Looking for adventure and challenge
  • Enjoy being physically active and interested in outdoor pursuits such as hiking, canoeing, ocean kayaking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, climbing, backpacking, and camping, among others
  • Demonstrate an interest in environmental stewardship and resource management
  • Have strong social skills, and the ability to work in groups and be inclusive of others

An interview, physical assessment, in-class writing task, and an OEA group task will be scheduled at Sutherland Secondary School in early March.

Total spots available will be dependent upon the number of registrations received and the ability of Sutherland School to organize suitable timetables to meet student needs. If necessary, student selection for the Outdoor Education Academy will be determined by a lottery in a manner consistent with the School District Policy 605. Eligible students not selected will be placed on a waitlist.

Fees for the Outdoor Education Academy

The cost for Outdoor Education Academy is $2,500, which covers most transportation, accommodation and large equipment.

Food, clothing, bus fare for local trips, and personal items must be supplied by OEA students and their parent/guardian. Please note the $2,500 includes a $250 non-refundable Commitment Fee.

Due to the need to purchase equipment and book field excursions in advance, the fee for this academy is due in full by August 1st, 2019. Payment must be set up in School Cash Online by March 15th, 2019, with the option of payment in full or by equal installments.

The monthly installments will be scheduled April 1st, May 1st, June 1st, July 1st and August 1st, 2019.


If you have questions about the Outdoor Education Academy or require further information, please contact:

Bridget McClarty
OEA Teacher
or e-mail

Michael Kee

District Principal