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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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
Millard Learning Centre
This one day program is available at your convenience. It takes about 5 hours and yes, you can do it in a day trip from Vancouver or Victoria.
$32/person for groups of 15 or more. Smaller groups, please contact us.
Special equipment or clothing Everyone should wear sturdy close-toed shoes suitable for hiking. Dress for variable Gulf Islands weather: warm sweaters, sturdy footwear, rain-jackets and sunscreen.
Food and water: Bring your own lunches and drinking water.
How do I book? When you’re ready, use the online booking system above. A 20% deposit is required. Alternately, send your deposit cheque to our office with your requested date, time and your group’s info. Bookings are not secured until we’ve received your deposit.
Have questions? Start with our Galiano Program FAQs.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel less than two weeks from the day, you will forfeit your deposit. Thanks for your understanding.
Logistics:Planning Your Trip to Galiano Do you qualify for a program bursary?