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 2021-2022 school year to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We 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.

As with the previous school year, we have a COVID-19 policy in place for the 2021-2022 school year.  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 wildvoices@cbeen.org



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Birds and Conservation in the Columbia River Valley *only available on dates listed below

Bookable Type(s) Outdoors (approx 1 hr) Half Day Field Study
DurationVaries by Booking
LocationWe will go for a bird walk in the schoolyard, in the neighbourhood surrounding the school, and any natural areas within walking distance.
Contact This Presentergareththomsonconsulting@gmail.com

*Available for grades 1-12 at Edgewater, Eileen Madson, JA Laird, Martin Morigeau, Windermere, and David Thompson.

*A half-day field study is highly recommended. A 1.5 hour program will be considered, but only at the high school level.

*This program is only available on the following dates:
April 1, 14, 29
May 11-13 (Wings over the Rockies), May 27

About the program
Birds! Interested in a beautiful, magical, and powerful way of better connecting your students with the natural world? You need look no further than birds! Master naturalist, birder, and teacher Gareth Thomson will bring you a class set of binoculars and bird guides, show students how to use them – and then we’ll head outdoors to view some birds together! No need to go far - but in an ideal scenario we would start in the schoolyard, tour the neighbourhood, and visit a local natural area or park if there is one within walking distance! Back in class, Gareth will debrief the activity, and talk about what students and others can do (and have done) to help birds. A powerful experiential activity in which students create the ‘web of life’ in the classroom helps them see how these feathered miracles are connected to everything else in the fabulous Columbia valley ecosystem! He'll leave you with some suggested activities tied to your curriculum that you can use to support students learning on this topic.

About the community educator
Gareth has been an environmental educator (and birdwatcher!) for over 30 years, and he is passionate about connecting learners to how the planet works – and how to take care of it.

Gareth Thomson

Organization/School: Gareth Thomson Consulting

Title: Consultant

Address: Wilmer, BC

Curriculum Links:Science connections:
1-3 - living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment; observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape; living things have life cycles adapted to their environment; living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems

4-6 - all living things respond to their environment; the motions of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems; multicellular organisms have organs that enable them to survive and interact within their environment; multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment

7-9 - evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things

10 - energy is conserved, and its transformation can affect living things and the environment

11 environmental science - complex roles and relationships contribute to diversity of ecosystems; changing ecosystems are maintained by natural processes; human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems; humans can play a role in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems

11 life sciences - organisms are grouped based on common characteristics

12 environmental science - human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life
Tags:Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water, Sustainable Living
Seasons:Spring, Summer
Grade Levels:Independent, High (10-12), Middle (7-9), Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:SD6

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