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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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Avalanche Skills

Bookable Type(s) In Class (approx 1 hr) Half Day Field Study Full Day Field Study
Duration5 Hours
Locationin-class, schoolyard or winter recreation area
Contact This Presenterdaveq@wildsight.ca

About the Program
Introductory avalanche skills field trip with hands-on snow science, avalanche terrain identification, and safety gear practice activities. Youth-oriented activities to help students understand avalanche risk, learn about and practice with avalanche risk, learn about and practice with avalanche safety gear and learn about avalanches and where to get information to help them make safer decisions about whether to venture into the back country or not.

About the Community Educator
Dave Quinn is a wildlife biologist, a BC-certified teacher and a certified wilderness guide who has lead expeditions in the Kootenays, the Canadian Arctic and West Coast, as well as overseas. Dave's work as a photographer and writer has been published in several adventure tourism magazines and scientific publications. As a wildlife technician, Dave has worked on the Purcell Mountain Caribou Study, the Rocky Mountain Lynx Project, the Columbia Valley Badger Project, the Swift Fox Census, and the East Kootenay Fisher Project.

Dave Quinn

Organization/School: Treehouse Outdoor Education, Inc.

Address: Kimberley, BC

Tags:Outdoor Skills
Grade Levels:High (10-12), Middle (7-9)
School Districts:SD19, SD10, SD8, SD6, SD5, Independent, SD20


See 14 testimonials.
"Dave is fantastic! He is really engaging and knowledgeable in many EE areas. We highly recommend his presentations and workshops." - Anonymous
"dave know his stuff becasue he has traveled to the places that he talked about. he is amaster snow man, i have used him before and worked with him. he is also passionate about the work he does." - Jill Christie
"Dave is fantastic! He's great with kids, and incredibly knowledgeable. " - Anonymous
"Dave is a very professional and works very well with secondary students!" - Jenn Meens
"Dave was very knowledgeable, knew how to relate to students and keep their attention. The day was structured well with a mix of theory and hands on activities. " - Nicola Kuhn
"Dave is a great instructor/educator/professional. His lessons are engaging, dynamic, interactive. There is never enough time to do it all, because we get so engaged the time goes by too quickly." - Jenn Meens
"Dave had great knowledge in the subject area. " - Nicole Weber
"Dave was great at holding students attention, getting them to think critically and listening and answering their questions thoroughly. Students enjoyed his props - skulls, antlers, and caribou fur - and being able to handle them. " - Anita Vibe
"Dave Quinn is a natural teacher. He engages with the students, helps them to develop skills, provides learning moments along the way. He is organized and a joy to work with. " - Victoria Larsen
"Dave has a wealth of knowledge to share. He is an engaging educator that connects well with students. He created a program that was perfectly paced and timed to make the most out of our session. Dave was very easy to communicate with leading up to the program and checked in regularly. He was also excellent at tailoring the program to the specific needs of our group. I would absolutely recommend Dave." - Meghan Morrison
"Dave is the go to for educating teens about anything, but in this case snow science and avalanche skills. He can keep their attention, varies his instruction, and makes information relevant and meaningful. " - Leigh Cormier
"Dave did a great presentation. The students were able to the share their knowledge with their families, which was the intention of inviting Dave to our class. Many families are venturing outdoors more and having a basic understanding and awareness of snow safety is so important. " - Patty Kolesnichenko
"Dave is very professional and has taught this content to youth, in various settings, for many years. He can engage youth where they are at, and leave them with incentive to explore, enjoy, and be safe in the winter backcountry." - Jenn Meens
"Dave is very organized and engaged. He set up a scavenger hunt using avalanche beacons that then lead into a fire building competition. Dave coordinated the activities and provided lots of useful information for the group. " - Victoria Larsen

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