April 4

Nature’s classroom option open for Kootenay students

Imagine studying geography by climbing to the top of a 10,000 foot peak.

Imagine studying geography by climbing to the top of a 10,000 foot peak. A phys ed class that involves 2,000 vertical feet of backcountry skiing. Studying the local history by freeride biking on an old miner’s trail. Or a home economics course that includes meal planning, food purchasing and then cooking on a cook stove in the outdoors. Since 1994 the Valhalla Wilderness Program at W. E. Graham Community School in Slocan has provided a unique, year long, educational experience for 14 Grade 9/10 students. As well as maintaining academic excellence in the provincial Grade 9/10 curricula, the students develop skills in leadership, group communication and co-operation. The program consists of 25-30 day trips as well as six- four day out trips and the students receive Standard Enhanced First Aid certification and Avalanche AST 1 certification. For more information contact W. E. Graham community school at 355-2212.

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