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Outdoor Education Philosophy

What a wonderful day we had at Deer Lake last week! We enjoyed a beautiful day exploring the natural wonders of Burnaby Lake and the surrounding area. Students enjoyed learning to navigate canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and observed the natural habitats of Burnaby Lake’s various wildlife.

Our outdoor education trips are designed with an Outdoor Education Philosophy in mind, as part of a continuous effort to provide our students with a variety of opportunities both at school and in their communities. Please see Aubrey’s Outdoor Education Philosophy below:


Aubrey’s Outdoor Education Philosophy

At Aubrey, we believe in the importance of providing students with a well-rounded education that includes opportunities to explore their community and local natural environment. Our school-wide Outdoor Education trips are designed with this in mind. We believe that our students should:

  • Be provided with opportunities to develop connections with nature
  • Develop connections with their peers and teachers in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Explore new experiences that allow them to pursue outdoor opportunities as a part of their personal life
  • Strive to develop a well-rounded skill set that includes outdoor skills
  • Gain awareness of their social responsibility as community members and learn to care for their local natural environment
  • Engage in activities that promote happy, active lifestyles


In keeping with this philosophy, Aubrey will be returning to Mount Seymour next year for a winter Outdoor Education experience. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snow play are some of the activities students will have the opportunity to explore. We understand that this is a substantial trip, and wanted to inform families well in advance, so that there is ample time to prepare, budget and ask questions. The estimated cost for students in Grades 3-7 is $125 per student for 2 days of ski/snowboard lessons, rentals and buses. The estimated cost for students in Kindergarten – Grade 2 is $35 for snowshoe rentals, guides, sledding and buses.

We believe in having an inclusive school community that allows all students to participate in school-wide activities. Financial assistance is available for whom finances are a barrier to participation. Please contact the principal to discuss if assistance is needed.

We are still finalizing the details of this trip, and will communicate more details next school year.

We appreciate your support in providing our students with diverse experiences that enrich their learning and development.