The Future of Food

(Grades 8-10) Grab a shovel and get your hands dirty! Experience the bounty of the Food Forest—a cutting-edge permaculture garden at the Millard Learning Centre. Students will discover “Forest Gardening” and the environmental, social, and economic significance of sustainable agriculture while planting, harvesting and learning how to create a cheap and sustainable food garden back home.

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People, Plants, and Pollinators

(Grades 3-8) This is a hands-on educational adventure all about pollinators and their habitat. The fascinating world of pollinators is brought to life at the Food Forest at the Millard Learning Centre property. Students will get to know native and introduced pollinators, their niches and how to create pollinator-friendly habitats. The kids will also receive take-home materials that encourage diversity of pollinators in their neighbourhoods.

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Native Plant Inspirations

(Grades 3-8) Step into our Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest and spend time learning about people-plant relationships through edible and medicinal native plants. During the program students will gain hands-on experience in restoration and plant identification, and the learning doesn’t stop there. Each student will work on a Nature Journal throughout the day that will give them […]

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Inspired by Native Plants

Come try our new NATIVE PLANT INSPITATIONS education program Native Plant Inspirations is a new education program centred around the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest, at the Millard Learning Centre where we introduce the students to a variety of native and naturalized plants. The Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest is a garden and restoration learning space, where native plants which […]

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Pollinator Power! – Salt Spring Island Elementary’s Busy Bees

Salt Spring Island Elementary buzzed around the Millard Learning Centre Forest Garden and Forage Forest  having participated in the GCA’s new People, Plants and Pollinators education program!  The students flexed their green thumbs while building “lasagna” planting beds – a soil bulking method where nitrogen and carbon-rich organic materials are layered on top of each other. On top […]

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Bees and Seed Bombs with Rockheights Middle School

This past Thursday and Friday we were excited to welcome Rockheights Middle Schoolers from Esquimalt for a Two-Day, One-Night Adventure. This enthusiastic group of grade eight students participated in a pilot of our new People, Plants, and Pollinators program followed by our established Forest Ecology Program. Our pollinator program kicked off with an introduction to […]

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