School Programs at Comox Lake

Lake Park Society at Comox Lake

School Programs

“I loved the depth of content, the respectful First Nations components, the ties to the land,  and environmental stewardship…Thank you for this powerful learning day in our local woods.”

SD71 Primary Teacher, Fall 2021

Lake Park Society (LPS) offers full-day outdoor education programs to school groups. Our “Forest Friends” and “Water Keepers” programs are BC Curriculum aligned and designed for Grade 2 to 4. Both options are developed and continually revised to nurture curiosity, environmental literacy, and connection to place.

Our approach is rooted in place-based and experiential learning. LPS educators facilitate Core Competency driven stories, games, and awareness activities. It is our goal that your student’s time at Comox Lake will foster deep, transferable learning that inspires further inquiry and stewardship back in the classroom. Your students will leave feeling more deeply connected with our watershed, forest and each other.

LPS gratefully acknowledges that all of our programs occur on the unceded territory of the Pentlatch, E’iksan, Sasitla and Sathloot peoples. We endeavour to be good guests, who show care, respect, and gratitude to this land and its people in everything we do.

Principles & Values

  • First Peoples’ Principles of Learning
  • Place-Based, Experiential Learning
  • Alignment with BC Curriculum
  • Ecological Literacy and Stewardship
  • Mindfulness and Gratitude
  • Playfulness!
  • Inclusivity

We aim to make our programs financially accessible. Lake Park Society subsidizes each program by $350. It will cost $110 to bring your class for the day.  If this creates a financial barrier, please email [email protected] for further grants.

Registration for fall programs will open September 1st.

Our Fall 2022 season will run from September 21st to October 14th. Limited spaces will be available, so please register as soon as possible! At this time, registration is limited to Grade 3 classes. Please check back for updates.

Classes may register for only one visit per school year. Please take note of our group size maximums and cancellation policy before registration. Informed consent forms (for minors) and waivers (for adults) must be completed prior to participation in the program.

Forest Friends outdoor education school programs

Forest Friends

What other beings share this forest ecosystem?

What gifts does the forest offer us?

How can we show our respect and thanks?

In this program, students will engage their senses while exploring the mature second growth forest and lakeshore at Cumberland Lake Park. Lessons and discussion will be woven into stories, games and sensory awareness activities. We will meet some of the local trees, plants, and animals that make their home in the forest, and observe how they interact with one another. In this way, we will learn about our local forest ecology, interconnectedness, and biodiversity first-hand. The practice of gratitude and respect, place-based learning, and the First People Principles of Learning will be central pillars that guide our day.

Please note that typical programming involves travel over uneven terrain and slopes, and requires that students are aware of their surroundings. Please let us know in advance if this would create a barrier for any students or staff. There is some flexibility in choice of forest trails and activities. We will make every effort to include students of diverse ability.

Forest Friends program maximum group size is 28 (including adults). If your class is this limit, please reach out to us directly.

Water Keepers

Where does our water come from? Where does it go?

How are people, water, and the forest connected?

What are some of the stories tied to this watershed? 

Rooted in the First Peoples Principles of Learning, this program explores past, present and emerging stories of the Comox Lake Watershed through place-based and experiential practices. Students will be invited to deepen their connection to this beautiful watershed while exploring the lake in two Voyageur Canoes. All levels of experience welcome. LPS educators are trained to skipper these canoes. All safety/ paddling equipment will be provided to the class.

Please note that typical programming involves travel over uneven terrain, and requires that students are aware of their surroundings. Please let us know in advance if this would create a barrier for any students or staff. There is some flexibility in choice of activities. We will make every effort to include students of diverse ability.

Due to limited canoe space, our Waterkeepers maximum group size is 26 (including adults). In order to maintain safety standards and meet physical requirements of activities, this program is only available to classes of students aged 7 and older.

Book a School Program

Our Fall 2022 season will open for booking on September 1st. Program dates are limited, please register early! At this time, we are welcoming SD71 Grade 3 classes.

Please note that program choice (Forest Friends or Water Keepers) is ultimately up to the discretion of LPS educators, who will consider weather, safety, and class dynamics, among other factors.

Also note programs cancelled less than three weeks before their scheduled date will not receive a refund, excluding programs cancelled on behalf of LPS due to unsafe weather conditions. All programs are highly subsidized. The $110 fee will cover a small part of the costs spent on the cancelled program thus far.

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