Lake Park Society offers full-day outdoor education programs to school groups. Our “Forest Friends” and “Water Keepers” programs are BC Curriculum aligned and designed for Grades 2 to 4. Both options are developed and continually revised to nurture curiosity, environmental literacy, and connection to place.
Our educators facilitate Core Competency driven stories, games, and awareness activities. Our approach is rooted in place-based and experiential learning. We celebrate the traditional and ongoing relationship between the Pentlatch, E’iksan, Sasitla, and Sahtloot peoples and this territory. 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.
We aim to make our programs financially accessible. Lake Park Society generously subsidizes each program by $300. It will cost $100 to bring your class for the day. If this creates a financial barrier, please email [email protected] for further grants.
Principles & Values
- First Peoples’ Principles of Learning
- Place-Based, Experiential Learning
- Alignment with BC Curriculum
- Ecological Literacy and Stewardship
- Mindfulness and Gratitude
Registration is now open for Grade 3 classes, and our
Wait List is open for Grade 2 and Grade 4 classes.
At this time, please do not register unless you are an SD71 Grade 3 class who has not participated in our programs this school year. Our wait list is now open for Grade 2 and Grade 4 classes. To be added to the wait list, please email [email protected].
Please note group size maximums: the Water Keepers program is limited 26 participants total (including adults), and the Forest Friends Program 30 participants total (including adults). Classes may register for only one visit per school year. Informed consent forms (for minors) and waivers (for adults) must be completed prior to participation in the program.
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 30 (including adults). If your class is this limit, please reach out to us directly.
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 and all necessary safety 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
Program registration opens February 8th at 7am
Please note that programs cancelled less than two weeks before scheduled date will not receive a refund. This excludes programs cancelled on behalf of LPS due to unsafe weather conditions. It is very hard for another class to fill a cancelled program without at least two weeks to organize transportation and logistics. The $100 fee will cover a small part of the costs spent on the cancelled program thus far.