CBEEN - Wild Voices - Loon


All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates of:

– $150 (1-1.5 hr in class or outdoor program)

– $250 (half-day field study)

– $350 (full-day field study)

Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program (with up to $250 in bussing cost reimbursement) for their classroom in the school year. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available for the 2020-2021 school year to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the 2020-2021 school year we have a COVID-19 policy in place.  Teachers booking programs are expected to read this plan in advance of their program to understand our policies and practices around offering programs this year.  Questions about the policy may be directed to the Wild Voices Program Manager at wilvoices@cbeen.org


The Wild Voices team is carefully planning for a safe return to working with students and teachers.  Our booking system is open for teachers to begin planning and scheduling with educators.

At this time we ask teachers to request booking dates from October 5, 2020 onwards to allow time for us to prepare based on needs as they emerge in September.  We also ask that teachers ensure that a program does not violate their school and/or district policies before booking.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to confirm program suitability and communicate needs and questions to the Community Educator.


Bookable Booked 18 time(s)

Animal Survival Instincts - Exploring our Wild Side (available in Kimberley and Cranbrook only)

Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study
Duration3 Hours
Locationnearby greenspace or park
Contact This Presenterwolfsong1@shaw.ca / home 250-427-2608 cell 250 432-9983.

This program is available in Kimberley and Cranbrook only.

About the Program
Students will explore the various strategies animals use to survive in the wild, in particular, coping with temperature changes. This program is offered as a half-day field study for intermediate and middle school students.

Thermal energy will be the underlying theme of this presentation. Students will discuss ways animals cope and survive in various temperatures and understand the basic differences in ectothermic and endothermic animals. Students will also learn how torpor and hibernation benefit endotherms. Some of the strategies explored will be, the use of insulation to stay warm, reducing their surface area to stay warm, the storing of food when plentiful, altering their activity and traveling with purpose. Students will work together to come up with other strategies animals might use to survive. We will walk to a local forest wherein students will work together to build wilderness shelters and learn methods to stay warm or cool in a survival situation. All materials for shelter building and learning about thermal energy will be provided and "Leave No Trace" ethics will be employed.

About the Community Educator
Patty Kolesnichenko has worked for over 20 years teaching Outdoor Education at the Boyne River Natural Science School, the Nor West Outdoor Centre in Ontario and St Patrick High school's Outdoor Program in Yellowknife. Patty has also run her own adventure tourism and education business "Wolfsong Adventures" in the Northwest Territories. Patty is in her element when teaching outdoor education and enjoys helping young people find meaningful connections to their natural environment.

Organization: Outdoor Educator

Title: Outdoor Environmental Educator

Address: Kimberley, BC

Curriculum Links:
Tags:Outdoor Skills, Ecosystems / Wildlife
Seasons:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Grade Levels:Independent, Middle (7-9), Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD6, SD5


See 3 testimonials.
"Love Patty's energy and ways to redirect and focus the learning for the students." - Danny Bartraw
"Patty read the group really well, and had them moving around a lot. She also noticed how well they worked on the shelters and provided extra time for them to engage fully in this activity." - Natasha Burgess
"Students always love learning outdoors!" - Laurie Neeve

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