2. General Information

Outdoor education is a method to enrich and enhance all areas of the curriculum through utilization of the outdoor environment. The facilities and the setting of the School district 60s Outdoor Environmental Studies Center offer students the opportunities to develop and awareness understanding and appreciation of the natural community.

Awareness of the impact of man upon the environment is a critical part of any program.

The purpose for the Outdoor Environmental Studies Program is;

  • To provide students with the learning opportunities which cannot be gained in the classroom
  • To stimulate students curiosity and permit them to discover the satisfaction and excitement of learning outside.
  • To expose students to various ecosystems, both large and small which may foster a better understanding of our planets living systems and mans part in it.
  • To enable students to understand that conservation of our natural resources is everyone’s responsibility.
  • To enable students to develop new interests and skills which can be a stimulus for a lifetime of creative living.

The Outdoor Education site is to remain in as natural a state as possible. Due to the high use of the site it has to be treated with extreme care.

For programs which require collection of materials please check with the coordinator first. Some things which are rare or slow growing should not be collected. Special areas are set aside for survival programs such as shelter building and fire making, and relevant materials are available for these purposes. If anything is disturbed, such as rolling over of logs during a rotting log study, these should be returned to their original position when done.

Use of the site is organized by booking time through the outdoor education coordinator at Hudson’s Hope School.

There shall always be a minimum of one teacher in attendance at the site who has completed and orientation related to the facilities and programs.

Non School District Groups may apply to use the facilities.

All regular school board policies and regulations apply to the center.

The maximum adult to student ratios are 1 to 6 for Students in Grades 3 and under,  and 1 to 8 for Students in Grades 4 and up. Experience has shown that a ratio of 1 to 5 may be optimum.

At least one vehicle must remain on site to be used in the event of an EMERGENCY!

The center is not connected to the BC Hydro power grid, therefore electricity when required must be supplied by a large and expensive to operate Propane generator. The generator is located near the caretakers residence and should be used sparingly. The kitchen appliances are all propane operated (fridge included) and the lighting runs on a 12 volt system supplied by a solar-photovoltaic system. 120 Volt supply should only be required to pressurize the water system for approximately 20 minutes twice a day, and for vacuuming during cleanup.

WILDLIFE PRECAUTIONS: Although we ensure that there is nothing left in the area to attract predators, they are often still in the area. In order to ensure the safety of both ourselves and the natural residents of Cameron Lake great care must be taken to keep all food and waste cleaned up and put away. (Even the smallest crumbs!)

The Canadian jaysand squirrels that live around the site are quite tame and will often come very close, even to large groups. Please DO NOT FEED them, as this is actually harmful to them. The standard rules regarding all wildlife at the site are:

  • Keep your Distance
  • Do Not Feed, Harass or Follow them
  • Notify the Coordinator about any Bear. Cougar or Moose Sightings

ADVENTURE COURSE: Please see the course specific sections under 8. Activities

BOULDERING WALL: Please see the bouldering wall specific sections under 8. Activities and the downloadable documents: Bouldering Wall Safety Policies & Participants Agreement.

Equipment and Resources

CANOEING

5 Canoes with paddles and PFDs are available

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

40 Sets of Skis with Poles

60 Sets of Boots

SNOWSHOEING

17 Pairs of Snowshoes

ORIENTEERING

16 Compasses and Various pre-set orienteering courses to challenge students. Contact the site coordinator for more information.

SCIENCES

  • 4 Low magnification stereoscopes
  • 4 Standard microscopes
  • 1 Telescope
  • Microscope slides and cover slips
  • 16 ten centimeter diameter magnifiers
  • 15 two and a half centimeter magnifiers
  • Test tubes, beakers, flasks and petri dishes
  • 10 small eyedroppers
  • 2 one kilogram spring scales
  • 6 two kilogram spring scales
  • 20 thermometers

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Class set of Flag Belts and Flags
  • 10 Snow Shovels
  • 4 Garden Trowels
  • 1 Ice Auger
  • 1 “Goop Scoop”- for “Ice Bugging”

COLD WEATHER: Groups will not be permitted to leave for the center if the expected overnight temperature is lower than Minus 30 degrees Celsius. If the temperature drops below this level while a group is already at the site a decision should be made as to whether it is better to stay or leave.

In the event your site visit is cancelled due to cold weather the  coordinator has held one extra week between December and March for re-bookings.