Image result for covid 19 iconCovid-19Protocols and practice for outdoor excursions

  • SD71 approves parent volunteers to assist on outdoor excursions – although it is highly encouraged to use a bus.
  • If parents are within 2 m of staff and students it is required they wear a mask
  • Parents must drive their own vehicle to meet classes at any off-site location
  • Parents can only drive their own child
  • Teachers can drive up to two students from their own cohort, masks on and windows ajar.
  • Students from the same cohort can ride a bus together
  • In accordance with public health regulations currently there is no more than 10 adults gathering at one time outdoors.

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NEWDistrict snowshoes now available!

Click HERE for snow shoe info. and bookings

x 10 Youth MSR SHIFT snowshoes

x20 Youth/Adult EVO snowshoes

Image result for comox valley glacier  Comox Valley Parks/Trail Systems

Consider walking, biking, or taken public transit to some of our amazing and accessable park and trail systems in the Comox Valley.  

The picture will link you to a website designed for Comox Valley teachers to re-introduce you to some of our local parks: produced by fifth year students at VIU-Vancouver Island University as one of their final projects. 

Here are a few more to consider (let’s keep adding to the list):

  • Browns River
  • Bevan Trails
  • BC Hydro Puntledge River Trails
  • Nymph Falls
  • Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society Trails
  • Comox Valley Green Way and Brooklyn Creek Trail System
  • Williams Beach
  • Kitty Coleman

Great Outdoor Games for Kids! Enjoy these super fun, nature based ...Nature Based Games

Here is a great list to start from for field and forest games to play with your students.  They take little prep and are a fun interactive, and energetic way to learn about the natural environment.


Circle Games  —  Cooperative Games —  Adaptive or Special Needs Games  —  Dramatic Games  —  High Activity Games  —  Large Group Games  —  Nature Games  —  Camp Games  —  Quick and Easy Games  —  Rainy Day Games  —  Sports Orientated Games  —  Tag Games  —  Water Games

Click here  for more nature based outdoor games

The Seventh Principle of Leave No Trace | PMags.comAn opportunity to explore human impact on the outdoors.  If we follow the simple 7 steps to no trace we will continue to be able to enjoy the outdoors in a sustainable way.  

Home - Capilano CourierConsider utilizing this article when reviewing outdoor ethics and leave no trace.  Click HERE for full article.


Wip Climbing is a new facility to the Comox Valley located off of the connector in Courtenay.  They welcome school group activities, offering a special of $10/student. This price includes any rental shoes or harnesses needed as well as a staff member with the students at all times. They also provide a room with chairs and tables for snacks and drinks, and belongings.

SD#71 Participating Schools:

  • Cumberland Community School
  • Lake Trail Community School
  • G.P Vanier Secondary
  • Highland Secondary

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) teaches students from grades 4 to 12 archery safety, technique, concentration, self-improvement and proper use of equipment. Through NASP®, schools can be certified to turn their gymnasiums into international-style archery ranges so students can learn this unique skill.

The objectives of the NASP® are to improve self confidence, motivation, concentration, focus, academic performance, and increase attendance in school.

Coonsider contacting Courtenay Fish & Game Club to bring your students to the outdoor range.  Non-NASP participating schools can participate in their Archery 101 activity, NASP participating schools have access to the outdoor archery range and 3D forest course.

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CIBC Wood Gundy School Cross Country Ski Program​​

This is an opportunity for students grades 3-9 to learn outside the classroom, to develop new physical and cognitive skills, and experience a sub-alpine winter environment with their peers.

The program consists of three 2-hour sessions. Lessons are taught by certified instructors. Students are taught safety and the basics of XC skiing in a fun atmosphere. Classic skiing and skate skiing techniques are learned.​

***GOGrantsConsider pairing with winter nature based activities for other half of day***

Contact Serina Allison for more details around planning activities.

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Contact: Andrea 

VI-Paddling-Comox Valley Branch offers introductory to advance dragon coat paddling programs for youth within our school district. They are located on beautiful Comox Lake out of Comox Lake Campground.  The coaches are professional high-level paddlers that make the experience fun and exciting.   The programs are 1.5 to 2 hour and available for grades 4-12, costing $15/student.  There is one 10 person boat and one 20 person boat. Please contact Andrea to work out details.​

***Consider matching this activity with a camping experience with Comox Lake Wilderness Society & campground OR the Courtenay Fish and Game Club***

***GoGrant funding available if paired with nature based activity’s. ***

Contact Serina Allison for more details,

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iRide In-School is designed to teach basic cycling skills and safety awareness to students over three school days. To a maximum of six classes, each class receives three 45-60 minute training sessions over three days and works their way through the fun and exciting challenges of iRide. Our curriculum is recognized by the BC Ministry of Education’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes and targets students in grades 4 to 6. Sessions can be run on all-weather fields, grass fields, and paved areas. The program is designed for students who can already ride; however, those still learning will work their teacher, with support from our staff, to fast-track their skills and confidence and join the rest of their class when they’re ready.​  If students do not have their own bikes and safety gear iRide in-school programs provide bicycles and helmets for students to use during the program​.  

What gear do you need to cook in the outdoors? This guide will help you get started on setting up your camp kitc… | Camping cooking gear, Camp kitchen, Camp cookingSome yummy links to healthy outdoor expedition meals.  

Lyme disease - WikipediaLooking at Lyme

A Canadian based resource for educators who teach in the outdoor classroom. Whether you are new to outdoor education or a seasoned wilderness guide, this teaching resource provides information through engaging learning experiences. Students can learn how to identify ticks and tick habitats so that they can avoid tick bites and recognize signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.  Ready to use lessons, accompanying power point, and activities.