Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival is a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children (and adults) outdoors more regularly.
WAV is open to the public and aims to unite and create long-term sustainable outdoor experiential learning networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the broader citizenry of Vancouver. WAV is organized by a collective of volunteers passionate about improving children’s lives, being outdoors, and building supportive communities. WAV is totally de-centralized. Events must be educational, experiential, outdoors, and free. Anyone can put an event into WAV.
WAV’s Outdoor Education Festival addresses children’s increasingly limited time outdoors through outdoor experiential learning (OEL). OEL is a proven approach for opposing widespread negative impacts facing children today as a result of decreased physical engagement in the outdoor and natural world. Negative impacts include rises in childhood obesity and sedentary behaviour, reduction in creative and critical thinking and play, and increases in childhood illness, among others.
We are particularly excited about The Tidal WAV Festival, planned for Friday, June 3rd, 2022. Second Beach Park in Stanley Park is booked and it is an amazing venue for the outdoor learning activities we have planned. It is International Dragon Boat Day and International Donut Day which lends itself to additional fun. Our steering committee comprises of people including educators from pre-school to university, a forest ranger, community leaders, small business people, health practitioners, a reporter / political analyst and a photographer. We have wide reach to engage Vancouverites and beyond in a diverse range of outdoor learning activities.
We are meeting online and in person on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 to continue with our planning. We are always happy to have new steering committee members, worker bees, and supporters. You define the level of involvement that you time and energy for including active engagement on a working committee, submitting a lesson / activity idea on the website, or volunteering on the day. Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested in attending and I’ll send you the info.
You can donate to Wild About Vancouver and receive a tax receipt through our partner, the IEL
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