Using Nature as a Guide to Curriculum Delivery in Everyday Practice

July 15 – 26   8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The outdoors provides an optimum platform for child development and education. Students in this short intensive course will participate their own Monday to Friday forest and farm school. Come dressed for the weather with sturdy shoes, bottles for water, and your favourite gardening gloves. Objectives include learning about the BC interior ecology, wildlife safety, hazard and risk assessment, and leaving with resources to use in your everyday practice.

Topics of study will include:

  • Preparation for the outdoor classroom
  • Weaving opportunities for inquiry-based learning into a planned curriculum delivery
  • Actual weaving! With stinging nettle! And pine needles! (And other opportunities for eco-art)
  • Storytelling: engaging literacy
  • Identifying local plant species
  • Identifying signs of wildlife
  • Connecting to our local natural environment to fuel a passion for learning

Audrey Hystad

Hystad received her Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Sustainable Enterprise from the Stockholm environment institute and Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in 2011. She began her career as a student research assistant in the International English School, Sweden and is now Project Manager at The Clubhouse Childcare Center where she hosts workshops, and delivers presentations on farm practices and wildlife safety.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.