Learning in Clayoquot Sound

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    Brady Clarke
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When it comes to combining travel with education, adventure with learning, and outdoor discovery with transformative experiences, the majestic west coast of Vancouver Island is teeming with eye-opening opportunities.

Whether you are a solo explorer, a grandparent looking to do something different with your grandchildren, a teacher seeking an amazing outdoor academic experience for your students, or a group of friends searching for a different kind of travel experience, the west coast is an extraordinary place to be.

Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust–alongside other key partners in the region–saw the need to connect people with the often life-changing learning adventures offered along the wild, rugged west coast of British Columbia. Spanning from Hesquiaht First Nation in the north, to Ucluelet in the south, it’s perhaps the ultimate outdoor classroom.

Together, this collaboration of community organizations supported the development of WestCoastNEST.org, an online hub for an inspiring range of outdoor courses, certification and personal development programs.

Adventure lovers of all ages and abilities are invited to experience:

  • Family-friendly camps, cultural and interpretive walks

  • Multi-day workshops and academic field-courses on the fundamentals of animal tracking, the science of seaweed, and more

  • Certification programs on outdoor leadership, paddling, first-aid, and yoga

Curious? Explore the complete list of courses, events, communities and other west coast stories at WestCoastNEST.org

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has also compiled the Regional Education Asset Inventory which provides an overview of the area and is an excellent starting point for planning an educational trip.  This document includes information on getting to the area and the resources available here on the westcoast of Vancouver Island which include the Raincoat Education Society(RES). The goal of RES educational programs is to provide residents and visitors of the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region with high-quality learning opportunities about the environmental and cultural history of the region. RES programs vary throughout the season as well as by group. During the school year, they deliver a range of educational programs for students K -12, with a primary focus on outdoor-based learning. Summer camps and young naturalists programs offer outdoor education programs for local and visiting youth in the summer months (July & August). In addition to youth programs, guided nature walks are on offer during the summer months, or by request year-round. The RES are also pleased to host a range of guest lectures as part of their fall/winter speaker series.  Discover all the Raincoat Education Society offers.

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