Appropriate safety planning will always take place for any Outdoor/Environmental Education program.
It is the policy of the DSBN to support Outdoor/Environmental Education as a valuable learning opportunity for students. The DSBN recognizes that the curriculum- linked and/or Outdoor/Environmental Education programs at the Walker Living Campus and the St. Johns Outdoor Studies Centre provides students a broad range of outdoor experiential learning opportunities. The Outdoor/Environmental programs offered at these facilities empower students through exploration and discovery to develop a connection to the earth. They stimulate creativity, imagination and innovation and they encourage the development of group skills such as effective communication, leadership and working together towards a common goal. Outdoor/Environmental Education at the DSBN's Walker Living Campus and St. John's Outdoor Studies Centre involves students in our natural environment in ways that develop environmental stewardship, encourage healthy living, and provide opportunities for students to develop skills in a variety of outdoor activities that enhance well-being and are environmentally sustainable. Implementation of these programs align to the Strategies and Actions as listed in the "Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow" document.
Involvement of students individually or as members of a group in co-curricular Outdoor/Environmental Education activities is encouraged. Outdoor/Environmental Education connects students to our natural environment in ways that encourage personal reflections, critical thinking, environmental stewardship and physical and mental well-being. The cost of a school-based Outdoor/Environmental Education program shall be the responsibility of the school involved. Provision shall be made by the school to obtain, repair and store equipment used for Outdoor/Environmental Education programs and activities.
The DSBN actively strives to develop community and post-secondary partnerships in order to enhance and expand Outdoor/Environmental Education opportunities for our students. Through these partnerships the District School Board of Niagara is able to enhance our Outdoor/ Environmental Education programs and give our students a greater variety of outdoor and environmental learning opportunities.