Conference Field Experiences – Saturday

Conference Field Experiences – Saturday

C2C Field Experiences: For People, Place & Planet

Saturday, October 26th

9:00am – 3:30pm


The B.C. curriculum provides an unprecedented opportunity to rethink both our K-12 teaching and professional development practices – this day of field-based Pro-D will help you connect classroom to community in innovative ways.

Join us for a highly experiential day of exploration, exchange, inspiration and collaboration featuring unique learning destinations across Metro Vancouver. Participants will exchange ideas for action to adapt and enhance learning ‘beyond the exit sign” of B.C. schools, and connect with people and partners who share a passion for teaching and learning in, about and for the real world.

Bus transportation and lunch included.

Each C2C Field Experience will:

  • Feature engaging visits to unique learning destinations across the region
  • Explore the rich potential of place-based education as pedagogy – using the community as context for learning
  • Help you get to know a range of K-12 supporting partner organizations
  • Exchange ideas, success stories and inspiration to enhance and advance K-12 teaching and learning – for people, place and planet

Meeting Place: Science World (False Creek), Vancouver


  • Buses leave Science World at 9:00am, return by 3:30pm
  • Shuttle service available from UBC to Science World (departs UBC at 8:30am)


C2C Field Experiences

Choose your own Adventure!

Experience 1 – Watershed Stories on the Capilano River

Location: North Vancouver      Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Every place has a story, and the most powerful place-based stories are often focused around water. Through the lenses of human uses of water, more-than-human uses of water and Indigenous histories of water, participants will deepen their understanding of how to use their own local watershed as a teaching space. This day begins in the Capilano Watershed and moves downstream to the Capilano Dam, through Capilano River Regional Park and the Capilano Hatchery, and then down to Camp Capilano.  Participants will:

  • Get to know Metro Vancouver’s drinking water, water conservation, watershed management and education programs
  • Experience Coho Commotion, an annual event hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks to celebrate the spawning season, the salmon forest and connections to nature
  • Learn more about the Indigenous history of the Capilano River
  • Be inspired to deepen their own use of local watersheds as a teaching space
  • Enjoy a zero waste lunch at Camp Capilano

Experience 2 – Sustainable Pedagogies of Place: Growing and Learning in School Gardens

Locations: Vancouver, Richmond and Delta      Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Join us to learn more about how local school gardens are growing into exciting hubs for meaningful and joyful learning! Recommended for K-12 teachers curious about expanding their understanding of how sustainable, playful, and environmental school garden models can inspire their own place-based garden classrooms. Participants will:

  • Walk and talk sustainability and food gardens at the UBC Botanical Garden
  • Explore how playful literacy, mathematics, and scientific inquiry are integrated into an elementary food garden in Richmond
  • Experience a sustainable and environmental secondary agricultural farm school program in Delta

Experience 3 – Connecting Zero Waste to Places

Location: Delta and Vancouver      Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Experience an eye-opening, ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of our regional landfill and get inspired with stops at a selection of circular economy businesses in our local community. You’ll discuss ideas and applications as you share success stories and get excited about transferable approaches to engage students and schools, as you explore the community on foot to discover zero waste in action. Participants will:

  • Make new connections to waste issues from your direct personal experiences in place
  • Enjoy a refreshing and delicious zero waste lunch at Kind Cafe (provided)
  • Take away practical steps for engaging students in solutions

Experience 4 – Exploring Innovative Programs for Place and Sustainability Education

Location: Vancouver      Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Get to know and be inspired by a variety of unique place-based programs sharing a common thread – supporting learners to know, value and to actively respond to real world sustainability challenges facing our communities.  Join us in Vancouver’s False Creek area to explore UBC’s Education for Sustainability programs, City Studio, the Learning Exchange, Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Toolbox course, BC Green Games (Science World), and more! Lunch provided enroute. Participants will:

  • Visit City Studio and various other place-based learning venues in the South East False Creek community
  • Meet the people involved in the design and implementation of these innovative programs – including students, past and present   
  • Explore key ingredients, ideas and opportunities for collaboration and action with your learners and colleagues 

Experience 5 – Chenchenstway* – Indigenous Connections to Place: A Day of Shared Learning at Cheakamus Centre (* We’re in this together)

Location: Squamish      Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Located in the heart of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation territory, the Cheakamus Centre provides outstanding professional development workshops focusing on Indigenous Learning. With an emphasis on making connections to Coast Salish culture and the First Peoples Principles of Learning through direct experience and a strong sense of place, participants will be introduced to a series of traditional, holistic Indigenous activities in and around our Coast Salish longhouse. Participants will:

  • Explore relevant and authentic connections to the rich culture of the Coast Salish people.
  • Cook and enjoy a salmon lunch using hot rocks and bannock made over the fire
  • Take away an enhanced understanding and appreciation of how to more effectively integrate First Nations culture, history and traditional knowledge in your work

Experience 6 – Climate Action at UBC and Beyond

Location: UBC Campus, Vancouver      Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

This field experience will take place at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and is an opportunity to discuss and gain ideas, strategies and activities for teaching students about climate change in the classroom and the community. Explore solutions to energy use in urban settings, tour a local facility/building designed to reduce carbon emissions, participate in climate related activities/programming for all ages that can be used back at school, and connect to local individuals and organizations to hear more about their success and how you can adopt/participate in them with your students. Participants will:

  • Visit the CIRS building and learn about its unique design and sustainable features
  • Tour the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) to learn more about district energy at UBC
  • Explore a local neighbourhood/area on UBC Campus and discover how its features are connected to climate change
  • Share innovative ideas to create more sustainable and resilient schools and communities
  • Connect with local organizations and individuals taking action on climate change and sustainability (including local youth)
  • Enjoy a zero waste lunch​

To choose which Field Experience you wish to attend, please complete our

Pre-Conference Survey.