News

Hands-on outdoors

WildBC’s Luisa Richardson talks to Ecole Puntledge Park Grade 1 students during a field trip to Tsolum Spirit Park to learn about the park’s history and salmon in the Tsolum River. - Photo submitted
WildBC’s Luisa Richardson talks to Ecole Puntledge Park Grade 1 students during a field trip to Tsolum Spirit Park to learn about the park’s history and salmon in the Tsolum River.
— image credit: Photo submitted

More than 20 years later, Carolyn Ang still remembers working to create Tsolum Spirit Park when she was a Grade 5 student at (the former) Tsolum Elementary School.

Now a parent with a child at École Puntledge Park Elementary, she organized a field trip for Grade 1 students to learn about the history of the park, the return of salmon to the Tsolum River and the importance of volunteering in their community.

“I really believe in getting involved in your community for things that are important, especially when it comes to conservation and wildlife,” says Ang. “So, I really like to instil those values into the kids and also, I believe getting a hands-on education outside is really, really important.”

WildBC environmental educator Luisa Richardson, the Tsolum River Restoration Society’s Laura O’Brien and Fisheries and Oceans’ Dave Davies used hands-on learning techniques in nature to teach the students. For example, Davies demonstrated how salmon use the river to spawn with cardboard cutouts of salmon at the river.

Ang says the kids enjoyed the field trip and she was surprised by the high number of parents who came out, too.

Tsolum Spirit Park features trails, a bridge and a picnic site. Tsolum elementary students joined the community to help build the park, and Ang still remembers painting the sign at its entrance off Tsolum River Road.

“The community got involved and the school got involved and that was a big thing,” recalls Ang, adding the idea of encouraging kids to volunteer was a driving force behind this field trip. “We really believe that if kids start young and start to love nature and learn about salmon then they’ll get involved more when they’re older.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. cities demand greater oil pipeline scrutiny, safety
 
Speaking out in public
 
Premier wants municipal pay to be election issue
Happy Valentine’s Day personified
 
Sunny August up monthly record
 
Qualicum teen fights leukemia

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.