Burns Bog Conservation Society’s

Annual Stepping into Nature Festival

Stepping into Nature is a full-day, outdoor education program that gives grade 6&7 elementary school students a chance to spend time outside learning about their environment and what we can do to protect it.

The goals of the Festival are:
1. To reconnect students with their natural environments,
2. To showcase STEM careers in environmental science and education
3. To build community support and awareness of local environmental groups and their respective activities and missions
4. To support youth in the development of leadership skills

Inspired by Richard Louv’s famous book, The Last Child in the Woods, the festival reminds students to shut off technology and reconnect with nature in a meaningful way. The Stepping into Nature Festival has been developed using latest developments in environmental education – transformative pedagogies and environmental inquiry – to build on children’s natural curiosity of the world.

Students will complete unique activity stations within the Delta Nature Reserve and along Lower Cougar Creek  featuring interactive and hands-on activities linking curricular content and competencies to best practices in outdoor education.

                   ​Festival Topics Include:

– Peatlands and wetlands                       – Species Adaptations and Biodiversity
– Ecological Restoration                          – Ecosystems and Interactions
– Indigenous worldviews                         – Human Impact
– Species at risk & habitat loss               – Ecological Services

    Themes are aligned with current grade 6/7 BC Science and Social Studies Core Competencies.

Click HERE to download a poster for teachers at your school!
             EVENT DETAILS

WHERE:    The Delta Nature Reserve (Planet Ice Parking Lot)
Get directions using the address: 10389 Nordel Court.

DATE:       October 1, 2, 3 or 4, 2019 (choose one)

TIME:        9:45AM to 2:00 PM

PRICE:      $10 per student (minimum registration: 20 students per group; maximum registration: 30 students per group)
​If you have any questions regarding class sizes, please email education@burnsbog.org and we will try to accomodate

* Transportation to and from the Stepping into Nature Festival is not included in the price listed above. Additional support may be available for schools that demonstrate financial need.

Meet the Partners

The Stepping into Nature Festival would not be possible without the strong support of our amazing community partners! Get to know this year’s partners by reading their bios below.
Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers!
Cougar Creek Streamkeepers is an informal group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of Cougar Creek, a salmon stream that rises in Surrey, British Columbia (Canada), flows through North Delta and empties into the Fraser River.

Their principal projects are streamside restoration, salmon rearing and release, creation of rain gardens to reduce stormwater damage to the creek, removal of english ivy and other invasives, and litter pickup.

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society is celebrating their 30th year of wildlife education programs, nature workshops and stewardship activities. 

​They engage, educate and connect youth and adults to the natural world and its rich biodiversity. They reach about 10,000 individuals a year across the entire lower mainland and in other regions of BC.

Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society!

Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the Fraser River Discover Centre!
The Fraser River Discovery Centre aims to be the Voice of the Fraser in presenting the stories of the Fraser River and their contributions to the life, history, and future of British Columbia.

They offer rotating exhibits and hands-on programs, presenting the river’s contribution to the life, history, and future of British Columbia and its people.

AdventureSmart, and its suite of five programs, is a national prevention program focused on reaching Canadians, and visitors to Canada, who participate in outdoor recreational activities.

In order to provide the largest possible number of Canadians and visitors to Canada with consistent and relevant safety information, and to ensure that opportunities to engage the public are maximized, AdventureSmart and its partners take a broad, encompassing approach to the delivery of adaptable safety information in-person, and online.

Through the collaborative efforts of our various partners, regional coordinators, and volunteers, AdventureSmart is dedicated to encouraging participants to “Get informed and go outdoors”.

Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the AdventureSmart Society!

The STRIVE Program at South Delta Secondary uses a cross-curricular learning approach to allow students to study English, math, physical education and science by exploring the natural settings of South Delta.

Grade 10 Students enrolled in the STRIVE Program train with environmental partners to learn what it takes to run an activity station for the Stepping into Nature Festival. 


​The Jericho Stewardship Group is a registered

non-profit organization comprising residents, students,

naturalists and other non-profit groups, that works with the

Vancouver Park Board to restore and encourage the natural

habitat of Jericho Beach Park.

                                                                                                           Click HERE to learn how you can get involved with the                                                                                                                     Cougar Creek Streamkeepers!



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Success Stories: Stepping into Nature 2016
In October 2016, the Burns Bog Conservation Society held its second annual Stepping into Nature Festival at the Delta Nature Reserve. The Delta Nature Reserve is located on the edge of Burns Bog, which is the largest undeveloped urban landmass in North America.

More than 350 grade 6 and 7 students disconnected from modern technology and spent a day out in nature. The education festival ran a total of 4 days, with students from Delta and Surrey Schools in attendance.

​The Stepping into Nature Festival was held in collaboration with STRIVE leadership students from South Delta Secondary School. These grade 10 students gave informative and interactive lessons to younger students at 8 different stations.

Through the curriculum-based stations, students connected with nature, practiced leadership skills, and learned about their environment through hands-on activities.

For example, students discovered that the health of salmon-bearing waterways can be measured by looking at its ‘bug’ populations, they learned how to protect and promote bee population growth, and they explored the bog and were taught about its ecosystem, conservation, and what role they can play.

Local environmental organizations The Cougar Creek Streamkeepers, Earthwise Society, Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, and the Fraser River Discovery Centre helped train and mentor high school students in preparation for this event.

“Our vision is a future with environmentally connected and conscious citizens,” stated the Society’s Education Co-ordinator. “This can only be achieved once youth step away from their urban activities and technology long enough to realize the importance of protecting our most prized possession: nature.”

The Stepping into Nature festival was made possible by funding and support from The Gosling Foundation, The Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancity, and Save on Foods.

“[We’re] very proud we could support this excellent event,” stated the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Salmon depend on a new generation of stewards stepping up for their conservation!”

The Society hopes to expand this education event in the coming years. 

Delta Nature Reserve
10389 Nordel Crt (Planet Ice Delta parking lot)

October 2,3,4&5  2018


Grade 6 and 7
Education Co-ordinator

Burns Bog Conservation Society
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