Outdoor Academy


Outdoor learning is an integral part of the curriculum at St. Joseph School. Given the freedom to explore, children are able to problem solve and interact in a way that supports the new BC Curriculum core competencies of communication, thinking, personal growth, and social skills. Based on a Know-Do-Understand model of learning, outdoor settings allow for hands-on interaction with the natural world. Students are keen to play, explore, and learn while growing in independence and teamwork skills. 

St. Joseph School has a strong partnership with The Clubhouse Farm program in Ellison. Their outdoor classroom and season-specific programming connects children to the land and gives them the opportunity to see how things change, grow, and evolve.

The St. Joseph Outdoor Academy program is supported by current research which shows the many positive health, social and learning benefits associated with children being given access to nature. It is designed to engage, challenge, and prepare students in a whole new way.

There is no way that we can help children to learn, love, and preserve this planet if we don't give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature.
Anita Olds

Friends of the Farm

The St. Joseph Outdoor Academy program is expanding and we need YOU to help make that happen! Our goal is to increase farm visits for all students:

Kindergarten - once per week

Grade 1 - twice per month

Grades 2&3 - once per month

Grades 4-7 - once per term

Become a Friends of the Farm Sponsor and help us continue to deliver this cutting edge program to all St. Joseph Students!

Thank you to our St. Joseph PSG for being a Lead Sponsor and donating $5000!

Learn more here!

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Community sponsor $500 / year

Supporting Sponsor  $150 / year


  • Sponsor recognition on all Outdoor Academy promotional materials - social media, flyers, posters, etc
  • Sponsor recognition on the Outdoor Academy page of the St. Joseph School website

Read a letter from our Academy Co-ordinator, Mrs. Marilyn Herron or contact sjkoffice@cisnd.ca or 250-763-3371 for more information!

Thank you to our 2022-23 sponsors:


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Nature is important to children's development in every major way - intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.
Stephen R. Kellert