Sustainability and Ecological Education Department SD47

Outdoor & Ecological Learning Department

We have been offering premier learning experiences since 2006. 


Mission: We believe education can change the world. Our creative, dynamic, thoughtful and dedicated team employ current research and positive learning environments to engage people in the process of discovery.

Key Words: Ecology, Citizenship, Placed-Based, Global Education, Sustainability, Action-Leadership, Project-Based, Interdisciplinary, Inquiry, Spirituality, Outdoor Education, Nature-Based, Pluralistic, Permaculture, Evidence-Based Practices, Hard & Soft Skills, Adventure, Service Learning.

Who we are: We are a collaborative of progressive educators from diverse academic backgrounds. We have much in common but perhaps most importantly, we share the belief that education plays an integral role in developing a learner’s sense of self and belonging in the context of community and place. We believe that meaningful learning should inspire, motivate and galvanize learners to take care of themselves, each other, and the planet.

What we do: We are dedicated to providing students with exceptional learning opportunities that help them to better understand themselves within greater cultural and ecological milieus. In doing so, we hope that our students will become spirited citizens and ambassadors of their passion. We focus on providing students the necessary skills to more deeply engage with the world. We facilitate opportunities for students to reflect on their personal choices and to explore the relationships between society, economy, culture and the environment.

Where we work: While LEAP attracts students from around the world, our work is centered on the Northern Sunshine Coast in, British Columbia, Canada. We are uniquely situated on the edge of the Salish Sea in the heart of the traditional territory of the Tla’amin people - the ocean, lakes and mountains of the region are our classroom. Our strongest partner, The Powell River Board of Education has been essential in supporting the development of our programs. In addition, we have strong partnerships with various organizations which allow us to offer field schools both provincially provincially and internationally.


"The Outdoor & Ecological Learning Programs in School District 47 help to fill a huge void in modern society: the void between what’s taught in the classroom and the day-to-day miracles happening outside. I can think of no better way to close this gap than to get kids into wild areas where Nature does the teaching, affecting students in ways that stick with them
for the rest of their lives."
- Karsten Heuer, Explorer, Wildlife Biologist, Author

Click to follow the links The Sustainable Schools Committee Eco-Immersion programme BC Green Games