As the Natural Place
to Learn, the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) has long recognized the
importance of outdoor and place-based learning in supporting engaging and
relevant student experiences and shaping school culture. Situated between two
watersheds and framed by mountains, rivers and a coastal fjord, NVSD is blessed
with an abundance of diverse outdoor learning spaces, a mild climate, and a
deeply-rooted outdoor culture. Our school sites and nearby community spaces
provide opportunities for experiential learning through enhanced features
including interactive playgrounds, outdoor classrooms, and learning gardens.
Extending teaching and learning into natural outdoor spaces provides
opportunities for relevant and integrated curricular activities that support
the core competencies -- communication, thinking, and personal and social
proficiencies. In addition, outdoor experiential approaches allow for active student-centred
learning while promoting physical health and literacy through movement.