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SD71 and the Courtney Fish and Game Club are excited to announce the partnership between the two groups.  The Fish & Game Club is available for SD71 use between Sept. – June.  Please submit your requests with in min. of 30 days.  They are currently working on a first come first serve bases.  The Club is exclusively run off volunteers so teacher planning, programming and support is paramount to the success of your trip.   Consider this new space as an extension of your classroom.

Please view the calendar to see available dates for booking.  Please fill out the booking request form (coming soon) and email your request to Kevin Steele and Randy Berkeley, the volunteers who will be organizing SD71 Youth Programming (ksteele@live.ca, randyberkeley@gmail.com).  This is a temporary process as we build a more solid online infrastructure to support registration. 

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Puntledge Fish Hatchery

Self-guided tours are available throughout the site. There are informative signs and displays to guide viewers as well as an underwater viewing area. Please email ahead of time so the Hatchery staff can ensure space availability. (click picture link).

Self guided tours will have availability to view the grounds, use of the lobby for poor weather snacks space, and access to the hatchery video.

Guided tours are available for Grade 5 classes participating in the Stream-to-Sea Coho classroom program.  Please call or email the hatchery in advance to make arrangements. There are no fish on site from mid-June to mid-September.

Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre

School and Organized Groups


The Centre offers customized programs to fit your group needs. They specialize in team building and leadership programs.

Whether you have an elementary class that needs some adventure, a university leadership class that needs a challenge, or a senior’s group that would like to mix outdoor education with a special interest such as photography or painting – we can create a program for you!

Activities and camping are included in our base fee, we can arrange indoor accommodation as well as catered meals.

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The Explorer Program is a full day school program offered in the spring and fall, suitable for grades K through 9.

This nature based program is built on games and activities that invite participants to see with fresh eyes and to spark curiosity of the natural world. Through seasonally appropriate skills such as plant identification, fire building, sensory awareness activities, shelters and knots, participants will learn to be at ease in our wilderness and develop a sense of belonging and connection. 

This full day program is subsidized by CLWS and costs $100 per class and includes two facilitators. Two classes are also welcome to get together and split a full day. Please contact CLWS at ​ to book your spot!

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Hosts field trips for Scientists on a variety of marine science related themes ages K to grade ​9.  NEW! Inquiry based programs offered for grades 10-12.​

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  Offers supported day filed excursions to Comox Valley watershed locations with lessons and activities linked to current curriculum K-7.

​​Comox Valley Fossil Adventures

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Contact250 650 7069 /  250 703 3444   comoxvalleyfossiladventures@hotmail.com

Adventures that take you back to the time of the dinosaurs! Husband and wife fossil hunters, Russ and Lori Ball, have combined their teaching skills, educational backgrounds and passions into an educational adventure for ages 8 to 88.

What we offer:

Elementary / Secondary level: based on ages

Classroom: up to three hours of hands on show and tell with slide shows, physical specimens, question period and discussion on fossils, rocks and geology. This can include a word search/crossword/drawing activity for a marking component.

Outdoor: follow up the classroom discussion with a hike, geology lesson, flora and fauna chat, and a fossil hunt. Students would leave the classroom and participate in a short hike and a chance to dig for dead critters.

courtenay-museum.jpg There are a handful of field trip opportunities available with the Courtenay Museum, from fossil and geology tours to historical walks. The   staff are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great with kids.​

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Educational Class Tours

Cumberland’s fascinating history lends itself to engaging learning experiences for youth.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives offers Guided Museum and Walking Tours for classes and learning groups. Rates vary depending on class sizes.

News_VIMSC (2).jpgThe Vancouver Island Mountain Centre

The Centre offers custom programming for day trips and over night trips.  A great way to bring students into the Mountains in their back yard, with the warmth and convenience of a world class facility.

Consider linking same “below zero” nature based educational programs to your time at the mountain centre, it will help with GoGrant funding if you are looking for a little extra help.

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The MARS visitor centre is now open, go and view exhibits which will give you an interesting look into our various animal patients. Touch the bones and feathers or play a trivia quiz to test your knowledge. Learn how we can ALL help wildlife and reduce our impact on wild place

Tsolum River Restoration Society

The Tsolum River Restoration Society  has a long history of engaging children and youth in stream stewardship.  In the spring and fall we offer FREE  field trips to Tsolum River Spirit Park or Comox Exhibition Grounds along the banks for the Tsolum River to elementary school kids.  Full or half day field trips are available. We also can extend the field trip learning by spending half a day in your classroom after the morning field trip.   If you are interested in booking a field trip, contact Caroline at 250-897-4670. trrs.educationoutreach@gmail.com