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



Bookable Booked 24 time(s)

Legends of the Forest

Bookable Type(s) In Class (approx 1 hr) Half Day Field Study Full Day Field Study
DurationVaries by Booking
Locationin-class, schoolyard or nearby greenspace
Contact This Presenterdarceeo@telus.net

About the Program
In Legends of the Forest, Darcee teaches kids how to identify trees and plants that grow and live in our forests. Students get to know our woods by taking time to stop, listen, taste, and notice things as small as a tiny mushroom all the way up to a tall Grand Fir tree.  Includes discussion on the importance of balancing harvesting, fire management, pest management, and proper preservation of wildlife and parks.

She is also obsessed with nature crafts! If time permits, she LOVES getting kids to make a craft from materials found in nature. Her favourite being paper birch canoes, maple seed dragonflies, pinecone owls, and God's Eyes.

"Legends of the Forest" is a series of books (including "Leonard the Larch" "Wendy the Whitebark Pine" and "Cedric the Cedar") written to connect kids and nature. The series teaches kids how to identify trees and encourages them to create a relationship with their environment.

About the Community Educator
Darcee O'Hearn is a science geek who enjoys exploding things, making gooey things, and getting kids excited about science, and most of all forestry. Darcee is the award winning author of the "Legends of the Forest" series.

Darcee O'Hearn

Organization/School: Legends of the Forest

Title: Forest Educator

Address: Trail, BC

Tags:Ecosystems / Wildlife, Forestry / Silviculture
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Grade Levels:Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD20, SD10, SD8


See 5 testimonials.
"Sorry, I was actually absent that day, but my TOC and my students were very positive in their comments about Darcee." - Catherine MacKinnon
"Darcee was knowledgeable and engaging, and my group really enjoyed spending the day with her. Her books are wonderful and she came prepared with a range of indoor/outdoor activities. Thanks Darcee!" - Sarah Keenan
"Darcee engages students easily with her well planned and organized presentations. Listening to Darcee read her own stories, both from her books and oral stories, was exciting and inspiring for the class. Students applied their learning immediately with fun activities, creative crafts and games. I appreciate, as do my students, that Darcee always has a surprise for us. " - Anita Vibe
"Darcee has a natural engaging way with children. During recess breaks, she was outside and many children from other classes came to her. She welcomed all questions. Her presentation included literacy, art and science." - Therese Marken
"Darcee was an excellent presenter for a young audience. She was able to hold their attention easily, and was able to present a large amount of information while keeping it age-appropriate, fun, and engaging. She was very knowledgeable about her topic (trees in this case), came prepared, and had some really great activities to share with students. She had an increment borer, which was a fantastic opportunity for students to see how to date a tree by counting tree rings without having to cut it down! She also had storybooks, small magnifying glasses, and an array of cones (which tied in beautifully as we had just been learning that not every cone is a 'pine cone') for students to see and use. She brought in a mouse puppet to help tell one of her stories, and it was many of my students' favourite part of the day! Darcee also prepared a lovely little owl craft for students, and brought in all of the supplies needed (pine cones, cotton balls, googly eyes, felt pieces), which was very much appreciated. It was a fantastic trip and I wouldn't hesitate to book it again." - Charlotte Soles

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