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 the opportunity to continue exploring the world of plants after they leave Galiano.

The Forage Forest is a unique restoration site at the Millard Learning Centre that seeks to preserve culture and produce food on a historically clear-cut site. Throughout this program, students will examine different people-plant relationships including their own awareness of the natural world.

Native Plant Inspirations  will engage participants in the following: 

  1. Restoration & Land Management – Participants will learn about what makes a healthy Coastal Douglas Fir forest and get their hands dirty participating in restoration activities such as: invasive species management, soil rehabilitation and native plant cultivation activities in the Forage Forest. They will also learn how land is traditionally and sustainably managed by Coast Salish peoples. 
  2. People-plant Relationships through Traditional Food & Medicine – Cultivated native plants in the Native Forage Forest will be used as a teaching tool for plant identification, harvest and preparation. Participants will learn how to respectfully and ethically harvest and use native plants to create traditional foods and medicines (eg. teas, sweeteners, salves etc). 
  3. Continued Learning through take-home learning package – Each visiting group will develop their own take-home Native Plant Learning Package which can be used as a classroom tool to promote continued learning after their trip to Galiano. The learning package will contain small preserved samples of native plants from the Forage Forest along with information about their identifying features and information about how they can be used for food or medicine. 

Curriculum Links: 

  • Grade 6-8 Science –Application of First People’s knowledge, other ways of knowing and local knowledge as a source of information; Experience and interpretation of the local environment
  • Grade 7/8 Social Studies– representations of the world according to the religions, spiritual beliefs, myths, stories, knowledge, and languages of past civilizations and cultures.


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How to get here, what to bring, how to prepare


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