Students getting feet wet in experiential education
“Did you guys see the deer?”
Light rain couldn’t put a damper on spirits at Lake Edith as a fleet of canoes filled with Grade 5 and 6 students from Northern Alberta learned the finer points of paddling June 4.
The Palisades Stewardship Education Centre hosted Valhala Centre for three days of hiking, water sports, GPS orienting and team building.
Valhala principal Steve Mumert, who learned about the partnership between Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and Parks Canada when he and his wife were camping in Jasper last summer, said on day one the Palisades Centre’s experiential education programming was already winning over his students.
“You see a side of the kids you never see in the classroom,” he said. “Some kids thrive in the classroom, but not everybody.”
The Palisades Centre is a Its multi-day, nature-immersion programs aim to help students create memories that last a lifetime.
“These kids are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re learning,” Mumert said.