School District 47, which is home to Powell River's elementary and secondary schools, is widely acknowledged as a leader in getting students from kindergarten to Grade 12 outside to play and learn.
For more than 10 years, enrolled students have made good use of some of the best outdoor classroom space available. But Powell Lake Outdoor Learning Centre has more to offer than you might realize. To help you learn about what this amazing resource has to offer, here are five things you didn't know about the Outdoor Learning Centre.
1. Suitable for all ages
With regular outdoor programs for all grades in the district, as well as the new Powell Lake Outdoor Learning Centre with overnight accommodations for up to 70, there is a clear committment to helping students be the change they wish to see in the world.
2. One of the greatest outdoor classrooms
Imagine learning in one of the greatest natural classrooms on the planet. A place where the rare and sometimes unusual inhabitants of the coastal rainforests and freshwater lakes meet the vast biodiversity of the marine intertidal zone and the deep clear waters of the Salish Sea.
With a wide range of safe outdoor teaching areas, the region provides the very best conditions for instructing technical outdoor related skills to learners of all ages and abilities.
3. Offers new learning opportunities
As a district, we want our students to engage in exciting and challenging experiential learning opportunities that successfully complement and support curricula and learning outcomes while enriching their lives. These experiential programs are designed to nurture self-confidence and self-awareness, as well as problem solving and interpersonal skills. Introducing students to direct experience in the outdoors in a meaningful way further inspires environmental stewardship through an understanding that we are all interconnected with and interdependent on nature and each other
These programs promote and understanding of the local ecology and culture, teach outdoor skills, facilitate health and wellness and provide participants with an enjoyable and memorable experience.
4. Provides access to Powell River's breathtaking natural environment
Established as a base camp for district outdoor programs the Powell Lake Outdoor Learning Centre is located close by in our secluded backcountry.
Surrounded by parkland and crown forest, the Centre is located at Haywire Bay, nestled on a small headland between two bays on the shores of Powell Lake. Once a salt-water fjord, the large freshwater lake is more than one mile deep in places and is situated in the heart of the Coast Mountain Range.
Built with accessibility in mind, the site is bright and sunny and its range of activity options provides participants and groups with many ways to challenge themselves outdoors. The facility boasts immediate access to the 180 kilometre Sunshine Coast Trail as well as the Powell Forest Canoe Route, a circuit route of lakes and portages. A short hike from the Centre will bring you to Inland Lake, B.C.'s first and only fully accessible wilderness park area, featuring a 13 kilometre long barrier-free lakeside trail with cabins and other amenities.
5. Available for public use
With a fully appointed commercial kitchen, simple yet comfortable cabin accommodations and a spectacular lakeside Lodge, the centre is open for year round day use as well as multi-day rentals for occasions of all descriptions.
For more information on School District Outdoor Programs and the Outdoor Learning Centre please visit www.sd47.bc.ca
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