Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) offers grades 3-12 students the opportunity to not only develop outdoor skills but to also learn about themselves and their peers in challenging yet safe environments. (Our optional grade 10 Wilderness Pursuits class is an extension of this program.) In OEE, students gain an appreciation of ecological issues and bridge connections with other academic curricula. All trip activities are designed to meet the needs of WPGA's diverse student population.

Grade-Level Trips

Grades 3-7 
Every year our grades 3 to 7 classes head to Camp Summit Outdoor Education Centre in Squamish. Trip duration increases by grade, from day trip to overnight stays, and outdoor activities, which include rock climbing, mountain biking, navigation training, and low/high ropes, are also age appropriate. Aside from outdoor skills, personal development is emphasized, with students learning leadership, team-building and self-reflection skills. 

Grade 8
Students participate in forest ecology programming designed by UBC Master of Forest Management at Evans Lake Outdoor School in Brackendale. 

Grade 9
The grade 9 classes celebrate winter in the Cascade Mountains of EC Manning Provincial Park, cross country skiing, snowshoe hiking, tobogganing, and engaging in snow shelter construction and winter survival activities. 
 
Grade 10
Students spend five days at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island, where they choose from seven trip adventures, including river and ocean canoeing, sea kayaking and hiking. 

Grade 10 Wilderness Pursuits 
Developed by WPGA's outdoor education department, WP is an elective grade 10 course that integrates academic curriculum in highly experiential ways. The full-year program includes six backcountry excursions and is suitable for all levels of fitness and outdoor experience. For more on WP, click here

Grades 11-12
Students choose from three trip options: rock climbing and rappelling at Skaha Bluffs, cycling along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, or designing their own adventure (hiking, winter camping, snowshoeing, sea kayaking), with the expectation they partake in at least one trip over two years.