School Programs

The Benefit of Nature's Classroom

Our interactive outdoor education programs challenge and empower youth in a positive and exciting environment. Through a combination of teamwork initiatives, outdoor activities and instruction, shy students shine and new stars emerge. Students learn leadership and teamwork as they overcome challenges and share fulfilling experiences. We learn to respect the natural world and bring attention to larger systems that connect us all. Along the way, we expand our horizons as we build mastery, confidence, awareness and resilience. For many schools, the annual Strathcona trip is a rite of passage and an integral part of their school community.

Our school programs embody the heart of our business. Our mission statement best sums up what we do “To teach the wonder, spirit and worth of people and the natural world through outdoor pursuits”.

 

 

School Programs

We are proud to work with many diverse and exceptional public schools, Francophone and French Immersion schools, as well as highly regarded independent schools such as Waldorf, Montessori, First Nations community schools, and homeschool groups.

Day Program 

These programs are great for schools looking for a fun way to increase teamwork, an educational trip to boost curriculum, or a class celebration. Explore the lake by canoe, learn about local flora and fauna on our trails, practice wilderness skills, or build trust on our high ropes course. 

Adventure Program 

Our most common and experience packed week gives an introduction to the many activities we offer. Including, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, high ropes, zipline as well as a 1 night out-trip on Buttle Lake. The outcomes for this week are for groups to build trust and push their comfort zones in a safe way where they learn about themselves, each other and nature. 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Specialty Program 

Students will be immersed in a specific activity the whole week. From sea kayaking and hiking in more isolated areas to whitewater paddling and mountain biking at local favorites, students will focus on skill progression, group cohesion, and be saturated in outdoor learning and adventure. Students will spend 3-4 nights out camping. 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Information for Teachers

Thank you for your commitment to providing students with an exceptional outdoor education experience. Teachers and parents accompanying groups to SPL are integral to the success of our programs. 

  • We value individuality and work with each school to learn about how we can best incorporate the goals and desired learning outcomes unique to you. 
  • Pricing is on a per participant basis that includes meals, accommodation and instructional activities.  The trip coordinator joins for free. 
  • Our onsite programs include 1 SPL instructor per 10 students plus a teacher or chaperone and our off-site multi day programs include 2 SPL instructors per 10 students. 
  • Please have all teachers & chaperones read over our Welcome Letter before arrival. 
  • Find attached our Youth Consent & Medical Form and the Adult Waiver  & Medical Form

Booking

Many of our schools come every year. Contact us early for the best chances of securing dates for your program. Planning a year in advance is recommended, especially for large groups and French programs. It’s never too late to ask if we have space or to be placed on our waitlist. 

Please email programs@strathconaparklodge.com to discuss program options, dates, and for an accurate quote. Our Program Manager is here to support you from the initial planning phase until the group departs. Include the following information in your email inquiry: 

  • School name and location. 
  • Number of participants and grade(s). 
  • Program objectives and activity interests.
  • Preferred date(s). 
  • French program inquires. 

Equipment Lists

It is important to bring the correct gear for your adventure. A key aspect of our programs is learning about how to best prepare yourself for all types of outdoor activities. 

The weather on Vancouver Island can be unpredictable and can get cold and rainy at any time of the year. Consider these a list of “must haves”, regardless of the season. It should not be necessary to purchase new items to enjoy your SPL experience. We recommend borrowing, renting, or purchasing second hand gear when possible.

Click on the link below to access our SPL Packing List & Program Packing Guide. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Program Packing List 

Program Packing Guide 

 

Thank you so much for organizing such an amazing trip, the students are still raving about their experience! What a gift for these kids to end their elementary school years with a trip like this. Thank you to all of your staff who were gracious, professional and patient.

– Principal, Vancouver Talmud Torah School