Photo: Brady Clarke

Raincoast Field School

The goal of the Raincoast Field School is to increase outdoor learning opportunities for students in our local public schools.

We believe that adventure and discovery are at the heart of a well-rounded education. By providing our local public schools with unique, field school programs that meet BC curricular learning outcomes and that feature traditional Aboriginal knowledge, we have created educational opportunities that are quite unique in British Columbia. While some private schools are extending their classrooms into the outside world, few public schools have the resources to do so.

Through collaboration with the Raincoast Education Society, the local elementary schools are making Field School a reality. This school year's lessons have been planned and facilitated by Raincoast Education Society Field School Coordinator Ariane Batic, and by Cultural Educator Gisele Martin, of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Raincoast Field School days are designed to support and build on classroom lessons taught by each class's teacher.

These unique experiential learning opportunities continue to be made possible by the Raincoast Education Society, the progressive administration and supportive teaching staff at local schools, and by the generosity and support of several individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community.

Thank you to all parents/guardians for making sure everyone is well prepared for these days and a big thank you to all the parents that come and help out!

The Raincoast Field School is supported by (in no particular order) the Tofino Saltwater Classic, Ocean Outfitters, Jamie's Whaling Station, the Wickanninish Elementary Community School, Long Beach Lodge, Wickanninish Inn, and numerous community donations. Thank you!