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Chekamus Centre Offers Unique Family Experiences

Craig Davidiuk
Dec 20, 2017
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Are you looking for a unique winter experience?  Cheakamus Centre, located just a few minutes north of Squamish, has just launched the Friends of Cheakamus program and with a donation of $25 or more you can participate in exclusive seasonal events hosted on the 165-hectare ecological reserve.

The first Friends of Cheakamus event of 2018 will take place on Saturday, January 6th.  The Wintering Bald Eagles Walk will provide a glimpse into the lives of these majestic birds.  You will have the opportunity to go into the field with volunteer experts and learn more about our winter resident bald eagles. This is a remarkable natural phenomenon not to be missed.

To learn more about participating in our nature community, become a Friend of Cheakamus at http://www.cheakamuscentre.ca/donate/friends-of-cheakamus or contact Sarah Bainbridge at sarah@cheakamuscentre.ca.

Now in its 49th year, Cheakamus Centre is an environmental education centre that offers a range of programs that inspire thousands of students, of all ages, to gain a better understanding of our natural world.  Formerly named and fondly remembered by many as the “North Vancouver Outdoor School” it is a well-loved tradition for many.

Old growth Cedar Trees Squamish Valley

Massic Old Growth Cedar Trees

We host over 15,000 visitors annually from the Sea to Sky, Lower Mainland and beyond. The renowned overnight field school immerses students in nature-based activities that instill a sense of respect and appreciation for our environment.  Skw’une-was, another time-honoured program, developed in conjunction with Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Elders in the 80’s, shares some of the traditional daily activities of the Ch’iyáḵmesh people.  At the longhouse, cultural interpreters, parents, teachers, and students engage in a variety of pursuits.  Even as adults, people frequently talk about these overnight learning experiences as highlights of their school careers. What started in 1969 as one teacher’s idea to get kids outside, in a then little-known town of Squamish, is emerging as a centre of excellence for outdoor education and a welcoming place for gathering and sharing in nature.

Unique features of the campus include: ancient cedars, a teaching hatchery and network of restored spawning channels, large numbers of wintering bald eagles, a small farm, edible gardens, and honeybees.  All provide unique learning experiences for students and support sustainability initiatives on campus.

Cheakamus Centre also hosts visitors from around the world for special events, conferences, meetings and retreats. The Centre has received numerous provincial, national, and international awards for our education programs, and for leadership in green building with the LEED Platinum BlueShore Environmental Learning Centre.

At the heart of Cheakamus is the place and people. Talented staff and volunteers are passionate about outdoor education, and preserving the natural beauty and health of the community for future generations. Community-minded education partners lend for secondary and post-secondary students to participate in conservation projects. We are proud of the great numbers of salmon presently spawning on property as the result of over three decades of partnership efforts to restore salmon habitat.  Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Squamish Nation, Squamish Watershed Society and a community of friends have been working together since 1981. As a result of these successful partnerships, Cheakamus Centre has the most restored side-channels in the Squamish Watershed.

To celebrate, we invite you and your friends and family to join us at our annual Open House taking place on Sunday, May 6th.

Learn more about Cheakamus Centre at:  www.cheakamuscentre.ca or contact info@cheakamuscentre.ca.

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