Fircom Outdoor School: Big Ideas Immersed in Nature
Fircom outdoor school is a group of outdoor educators, wilderness guides, and farmers who are passionate about connecting students with the land and with each other. It is founded on the belief that experiential outdoor education is a cornerstone of student development. Fircom offers a distraction free space that encourages imagination, creative exploration and problem solving.
Built on prescribed learning outcomes, Fircom Outdoor School programs are completely customizable. Marissa, the Outdoor Education Manager, will work to tailor the program options to fit each class or school group. We have an incredible forest and ocean outdoor classrooms, high quality arts explorations, and a learning farm and cooking lab along with traditional camp activities. We are educators that care about your kids’ successes as much as you do. Life-lessons and teachable moments are woven seamlessly into our ridiculously fun programs. Kids will be laughing and high fiving their way to higher levels of learning about both themselves and the world we live in.
With the new curriculum on the forefront of education in BC, adaptations to the way kids are living and growing are now a necessity in the classroom. Camp Fircom delivers on these Big Ideas and Core Competencies with an incredibly successful experience in nature.
Fircom Outdoor School is located on the ancestral, unceded, and traditional territory of the Squamish Nation. We are so grateful to be on this land and are committed to forming new relationships with the land and with members of the Skwxmú7mesh Nation and all other First Peoples.
Available Dates in 2019:
May 1st – June 7th Monday - Friday
Sept 4th – 6th (Wed – Fri)
Sep 9th – 11th (Mon – Wed)
Oct 7th – 9th (Mon – Wed)
Oct 21st – 23rd (Mon – Wed)
Between October and March request a school visit!
Our three program streams are customized based on your desires and prescribed learning objectives and big ideas:
#1 - School Retreat: Classic Camp
Focused on class bonding through classic camp activities like archery, kayaking, and epic wide games. Combined with self-directed exploration and increased understanding of self through transformational experiences of mindfulness in nature.
#2 - Student Choice: Engage with what you Love!
This incredible program allows students to spend time exactly how they want, and to dive deep into the content with an excited group of peers. All streams complete a significant project and will come away with new skills and new friends!
Farm and Forage
Expedition (Hike or Canoe)
#3 - Naturalists Gone Wild!
Focused on increased cognitive understanding and critical thinking about what's really going on in the world today. Activities will address grade level curricular competencies and content that can be best taught outside. Students will fall in love with the land while learning about local conservation and stewardship.
Regardless of which stream you choose, we can work with your students on:
Local coastal and forest ecology
Sustainable resource management with our renewable energy demonstrations
Squamish and Environmental history of Howe Sound/ Atl’katsem
Personal and social responsibility through investigating regional community organization, leadership and social justice issues
Ocean exploration through kayaking or big canoe journeys and exploration based activities in the coastal forest.
Forming a community of belonging through traditional Camp Fircom culture
For more information, please download our Information Package
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your date for Fircom Outdoor School, get a quote, and to schedule a meeting with our Outdoor Education Manager, Marissa Gilmour.
Marissa can visit your school and provide in classroom programming as well as discuss an Fircom Outdoor School program.