VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

School Programs and Day Camps

A connection to the natural world is an essential part of a healthy childhood, and children who feel connected to the natural world will be more likely to protect it as adults. 

Some children find this connection through science, while others find it through art, gardening, or outdoor exploration.  By offering a range of nature-based, outdoor learning activities, as well as the opportunity for children to meet adult mentors willing to share their enthusiasm for gardening, natural history, and outdoor recreation, our Shoots with Roots program aims to cultivate children's connection with nature, in the inspiring setting of Milner Gardens & Woodland.  

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

"Nature is essential to all of our learning and well-being. Students in my class love to attend Shoots with Roots and continue to talk of the program long after." 
-Grade 2 teacher

 

 

Five Visit School Program 

Build meaningful connections to nature for your students through a series of five interconnected visits.

Your class will visit Milner Gardens & Woodland for a full morning five times throughout the school year.  Each visit involves hands-on learning activities, time for exploration and play, and a reflective talking stick circle.  Your students will also create journal entries after each visit, recording their memories and giving you an assessment tool for the program.

Through the generosity of our donors, this program is offered free of charge to local schools.  Spaces are assigned through a lottery process, with preference given to Grade 1 classes. The lottery for the 2020-2021 school year will open in May.  Please contact pamela.murray@viu.ca for more information about how to apply.

A girl relaxes in a cedar tree

Daycamps

Our spring and summer daycamps offer children who love gardening, nature, and the outdoors an opportunity to 'go play outside' in a supervised environment. 

Each day involves some structured learning activities intended to deepen children's understanding of our local ecosystem. We also spend time in the Children's Food Garden planting, harvesting, watering, and tasting vegetables.  A good portion of the day is spent in forest play activities such as fort building and exploring. 

Children who attend our daycamps spend almost all day outside learning, exploring, and laughing.  They may come home with paint on their clothes or dirt on their knees, and always leave with big smiles on their faces. All daycamps are led by a BC certified teacher. 

Spring Break Daycamps  

Tuesday March 17 - Thursday March 19 

FULL - waiting list also full

9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Ages 6 - 10 
$45 / child / day 

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