2014 Outdoor Environmental Education

Registration for 2014 is now closed.

Experientially explore local, real-world outdoor education — this summer!

UBC Summer Courses

UBC Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) courses EDCP 323 and EDCP 423 support educators to facilitate outdoor learning experiences that enhance student personal knowledge and connections to the natural world.

Students develop awareness and understanding of a range of skills and processes related to design, facilitation, and evaluation of OEE programming and curriculum.

A variety of outdoor experiences will be explored, including an overnight out-trip. Additional general information about the OEE courses can be found by reviewing the information provided in the other tabs on this website. Further course details, required fees, and specific information regarding the out-trip will be provided by the instructor.

UBC OEE Diploma

The summer institutes can be applied towards the UBC Diploma in Education - Outdoor Environmental Education program. This is a customized diploma program wherein each student selects a cluster of courses in themes integral to OEE - Environmental/Ecological/Sustainability Studies, Indigenous Studies, Healthy Living, and Outdoor & Skills Courses. Learn more.

Outdoor Council Canada Leadership Training

This entry-level course, Leadership Level 1 (LL1), is based on experiential learning modules that develop group management and event-planning skills through hands-on activities and case studies.

Participants in this program will receive a nationally recognized certification upon successful completion of this 2-day course.

Outdoor Environmental Education: Curriculum & Pedagogy – EDCP 323

EDCP 323 provides a practical and experiential introduction to the history, methodology, planning, and assessment of outdoor and experiential learning opportunities.

Topics may include:

  • History and theory of OEE
  • Pedagogy and OEE
  • Risk, Safety, and OEE
  • Individuals, community, and OEE
  • Environmental/sustainable responsibility and OEE
  • Field trip planning, delivery, and evaluation

This section is full! Please considering registering in EDCP 323 Section 952, with Allan Thomas.

Hart Banack | I arrived in Vancouver permanently in 1999. Other than Canada, I have lived in Chile and Costa Rica, y puedo hablar el espanol, ya un poco oxidado. I am a father, partner, son, brother, friend, colleague, educator, and community member. I have always volunteered, mostly with children with disabilities, and continue to do so with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, helping people learn to alpine ski.

I have enjoyed participating in experiences with some fairly radical work teams, which have significantly (in)formed my “ways” of teamwork and learning. I am rather open to diversity, difference, and making meaning through sharing and participation. I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.

I have been the “new person” in various organizations, and recognize there is a process to learning about each other, and building mutual trust. With this spirit, I join the Outdoor Environmental Education program at UBC. I am teaching EDCP 323.

Read full bio.

Conor McMullan has worked in the field of outdoor environmental education for over 18 years. He has coordinated and facilitated programs for both elementary and secondary students in the independent and public sector as well as working with a wide rangeof international schools.

Conor recently returned from an adventurous 2 years as Director of a residential environmental education facility at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. As a dynamic regional hub for innovative and sustainability-based education, the experience reaffirmed Conor’s belief in the power of authentic and
engaging experiences that connect students to the natural world.

Earlier this year, Conor accepted the position of Director of Educational Programming at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale where he oversees environmental education programs for more than 5,000 students each year.

He is excited to continue sharing his passion for learning in the outdoors with UBC’s Education students in the summer of 2014.

Dates & Times

July 7–18
2:30-5.30 p.m.
Monday–Friday

July 11-12
Overnight field trip (off campus)

Location

UBC Vancouver Campus
Neville Scarfe Building | Map

This section is full! Please considering registering in EDCP 323 Section 952, with Allan Thomas.

I completed my BHKIN, B.Ed, M.Ed (focus in Outdoor Education) at UBC while I was playing varsity ice hockey for the UBC Thunderbirds. After completing my masters I played in CWHL and worked as a PE and Food teacher.

I have been a high school PE teacher in Maple Ridge since 1999 and a sessional instructor at UBC since 2005. As a high school teacher I have had the opportunity to take my students on my outdoor adventures which include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, camping, hiking trips, spelunking, cycling trips, orienteering, wind surfing, and international trips — to name a few.

My husband and I enjoy paddling and hiking in BC and overseas. For our honeymoon my husband and I went on a two-week white water kayaking trip through Costa Rica. One of my highlights of hiking
trips was watching the sunrise at the top of Huayna Potosi in Bolivia.

After being a public school teacher for fifteen years I am still happy to say that I have the best job in the world

Dates & Times

July 7–18
8:00-11:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday

July 11-12
Overnight field trip (off campus)

Location

UBC Vancouver Campus
Henry Angus Building | Map

There are still seats available for this section. Please register by June 21.

Al taught 33 years in Coquitlam before retiring. Because of his strong interest in outdoor pursuits, he included many outdoor activities in his program including canoeing, hiking, camping skills, rock climbing. He has organized extended trips for his students several times.

During his career he served as district coordinator for Physical Education and Outdoor education for five years. During this time he oversaw many district wide outdoor education programs.

After retiring, Al started working at UBC as an instructor in the Faculty of Education, teaching physical education and outdoor education courses. He has continued his interest in the outdoors as a member of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue team, and currently is the coordinator of community Education.

Retirement has allowed Al to continue his interests in the outdoors by participating in many extended trips both near and far.

Dates & Times

July 21–August 1
2:30-5.30 p.m.
Monday–Friday

July 25-26
Overnight field trip (off campus)

Location

UBC Vancouver Campus
Neville Scarfe Building | Map

Essential Information

Students enrolled in these courses should be aware of the following conditions:

  • Overnight out-trip is compulsory of the course – confirm dates before registering. Attendance is mandatory;
  • Additional field trip and equipment rental fees apply;
  • Courses occur primarily in the outdoors, be prepared with appropriate gear and fitness levels.
  • Risks generally associated with outdoor activities are inherent in this course. Please inquire in advance if you have questions or concerns. Your registration implies acknowledgement and acceptance of such risk.
  • Students will be required to pay between $75.00 and $150.00 to participate on course out-trips. Fees must be paid in cash to the course instructor, and shall be receipted. Course fees vary based on the costs of the diverse field experiences, and students will be provided with a cost break-down for these additional fees, if one is requested.

Course Sections

  • EDCP 323 is offered in three sections during the summer.
  • One 323 section is a PE cohort, and may have restricted registration.
  • EDCP 423 is typically offered once during the summer; it has been cancelled for 2014. Outdoor Education Diploma students may instead enroll in Outdoor Leadership 1 (OEED 4250 | 3.0 credits), offered at UBC Vancouver by Thompson Rivers University.
  • Calendar conflicts may exist between some 323 and 423 sections, please inquire prior to registration.
  • Course spots are limited, please register early to ensure acceptance.

Advanced Methodology in Outdoor Environmental Education – EDCP 423


Please note this section has been cancelled. Outdoor Education Diploma students may instead enroll in Outdoor Leadership 1 (OEED 4250 | 3.0 credits), offered at UBC Vancouver by Thompson Rivers University.


EDCP 423 builds on core competencies introduced in EDCP 323 to further develop and explore the creation, implementation, and evaluation of OEE experiences.

Particular emphasis is placed on curricular integration and local realizations for formal and non-formal learning environments.

Students must have taken the EDCP 323 prerequisite, or have the instructor’s permission to take this course. Please email the Program Advisor if you would like to request that the prerequisite be waived.

Please note this section has been cancelled. Outdoor Education Diploma students may instead enroll in Outdoor Leadership 1 (OEED 4250 | 3.0 credits), offered at UBC Vancouver by Thompson Rivers University.



Hart Banack | I arrived in Vancouver permanently in 1999. Other than Canada, I have lived in Chile and Costa Rica, y puedo hablar el espanol, ya un poco oxidado. I am a father, partner, son, brother, friend, colleague, educator, and community member. I have always volunteered, mostly with children with disabilities, and continue to do so with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, helping people learn to alpine ski.

I have enjoyed participating in experiences with some fairly radical work teams, which have significantly (in)formed my “ways” of teamwork and learning. I am rather open to diversity, difference, and making meaning through sharing and participation. I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.

I have been the “new person” in various organizations, and recognize there is a process to learning about each other, and building mutual trust. With this spirit, I join the Outdoor Environmental Education program at UBC. I am teaching EDCP 323.

Read full bio.

Conor McMullan has worked in the field of outdoor environmental education for over 18 years. He has coordinated and facilitated programs for both elementary and secondary students in the independent and public sector as well as working with a wide rangeof international schools.

Conor recently returned from an adventurous 2 years as Director of a residential environmental education facility at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. As a dynamic regional hub for innovative and sustainability-based education, the experience reaffirmed Conor’s belief in the power of authentic and
engaging experiences that connect students to the natural world.

Earlier this year, Conor accepted the position of Director of Educational Programming at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale where he oversees environmental education programs for more than 5,000 students each year.

He is excited to continue sharing his passion for learning in the outdoors with UBC’s Education students in the summer of 2014.

Dates & Times

July 21-August 1
2:30-5.30 p.m.
Monday–Friday

July 25-26
Overnight field trip (off campus)

Location

UBC Vancouver Campus
Ponderosa E | Room 123 | Map

Essential Information

Students enrolled in these courses should be aware of the following conditions:

  • Overnight out-trip is compulsory of the course – confirm dates before registering. Attendance is mandatory;
  • Additional field trip and equipment rental fees apply;
  • Courses occur primarily in the outdoors, be prepared with appropriate gear and fitness levels.
  • Risks generally associated with outdoor activities are inherent in this course. Please inquire in advance if you have questions or concerns. Your registration implies acknowledgement and acceptance of such risk.
  • Students will be required to pay between $75.00 and $150.00 to participate on course out-trips. Fees must be paid in cash to the course instructor, and shall be receipted. Course fees vary based on the costs of the diverse field experiences, and students will be provided with a cost break-down for these additional fees, if one is requested.

Course Sections

  • EDCP 323 is offered in three sections during the summer.
  • One 323 section is a PE cohort, and may have restricted registration.
  • EDCP 423 is typically offered once during the summer; it has been cancelled for 2014. Outdoor Education Diploma students may instead enroll in Outdoor Leadership 1 (OEED 4250 | 3.0 credits), offered at UBC Vancouver by Thompson Rivers University.
  • Calendar conflicts may exist between some 323 and 423 sections, please inquire prior to registration.
  • Course spots are limited, please register early to ensure acceptance.


In addition to registration fees, and student assessed fees (for students registering for academic credit), participants in these courses will be required to pay for fees associated with mandatory out-trips, as specified under Essential Information.

Registration

Available for:

    • EDCP 323: Outdoor Environmental Education – Curriculum and Pedagogy
    • EDCP 423: Advanced Methodology in Outdoor Environmental Education

Please note that EDCP 423 has been cancelled for 2014. Outdoor Education Diploma students may instead enroll in Outdoor Leadership 1 (OEED 4250 | 3.0 credits), offered at UBC Vancouver by Thompson Rivers University.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students register for through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

In the case of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, students who meet certain requirements may opt out of paying the fees during the first two weeks of the term.

To see whether you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, using your CWL ID and password logon to the student service centre and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the Summer Session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

You can also find out whether the AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan fee applies to you by visiting the Student Service Centre. If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the necessary procedures.

Admission to UBC

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Graduate Secretary: Basia Zurek.

Admission Categories

      • Unclassified Students
        If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
      • Diploma Students
        If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
      • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
        • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
        • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
        • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.


Please contact us if you have questions about registering for one of these summer courses.

Outdoor Council of Canada | Leadership Level 1

This entry-level course, Leadership Level 1 (LL1), is based on experiential learning modules that develop group management and event-planning skills through hands-on activities and case studies.

Participants in this program will receive a nationally recognized certification upon successful completion of this 2-day course.

Course Content

  • Understanding the role of the leader and leadership styles
  • Integrating ‘activity,’ ‘participant,’ and ‘venue’ characteristics to promote event quality and safety
  • Constructing an activity plan
  • Identifying hazards and mitigation strategies
  • Communication and team building between participants, co-leaders and other stakeholders
  • Group management in the field
  • Enhancing situational awareness for quality and safety management
  • Emergency response
  • Post-trip debriefing and facilitation.

Dates & Location

UBC Vancouver campus | Venue TBA
Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20
9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $70

Information & Registration

Register online today. Contact Robyn Rankin for course details.

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