The programming team at Mossom Creek Hatchery & Education Centre has been busy planning a NEW fall program for home learners in grades 4-6. The Outdoor Explorer Program is designed to complement the BC Education Curriculum and provide hands-on experiential learning in the Mossom Creek Watershed.
The program will provide a once a week nature experience for kids in the pristine Mossom Creek Watershed located in Port Moody. This Covid-19 safe program will be held outdoors and under cover in our new open-air shelters. The program is limited to 8 children per day, giving everyone enough room to spread out, but still have lots of fun and hands-on learning.
The program is taught by local naturalist and forestry ecologist Shelley Frick. Shelley is an outdoor educator with 20 years of experience delivering outdoor environmental education programming in North Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Shelley has a BSc in Biology from SFU and a BSc in Forestry from UBC and has developed and delivered environmental programming across the Lower Mainland, including the “Gently Down the Seymour” program at the Seymour River Hatchery, the Eco Trekkers Program with Metro Vancouver Parks, NCRCC, and the City of Coquitlam, and Watershed Education Programs and Tours in the Coquitlam, Seymour, and Capilano Watersheds. In her spare time, she has participated as a Girl Guide Leader, leads nature programs for her church Sunday School kids, delivers local forest field trips for her daughters’ elementary school, and is helping establish a native plant garden.
Shelley’s programming goals are to get kids immersed in nature so they feel comfortable outside and can learn through experiencing nature firsthand. To Shelley, nature exploration helps kids learn to recognize and understand the many interactions in nature and develop a love for their local environment that will help them make better decisions about them now and in the future. Join Shelley this fall in the Outdoor Explorer Program at Mossom Creek!
Over the summer, our programming team has been busy adapting our programs to ensure they are Covid-19 safe. Most of our programs are delivered outdoors, but sometimes we need to find a little shelter from the Fall weather when we aren’t exploring a forest trail or the nearby creek. One of the new additions to our facility is a large outdoor covered shelter that allows for open-air learning opportunities even during the Fall rain. Our covered open-air deck provides an additional space for kids to spread out and do activities in the fresh air as needed.
We look forward to welcoming our new program participants this fall! Learn more and register for our Outdoor Explorer Program here.