Stepping Into Nature

Come reconnect with nature at Burns Bog!

Inspired by Richard Louv’s famous book The Last Child in the Woods, our outdoor nature festival is designed to reconnect students with the environment in a meaningful way. Stepping into Nature encourages the development of students’ outdoor literacy and critical-thinking skills through inquiry- and place-based learning. 

Students spend the day rotating through hands-on activity stations, carefully curated by our Education Team and community partners from other local organizations. Station themes showcase STEM careers in environmental science and education, introduce students to tools and practices used in the environmental field, and highlight some of the unique species and characteristics of Burns Bog.

Overview

AGE

Grade 6 & 7

LENGTH

School Day

TIME

~ 9:45AM - 2PM

GROUP SIZE

*20-30 Students

OFFERED

Early October

COST

$10 Per Student

*Classes with fewer than 20 students will be charged a minimum fee of $200.00.

Cancellation Policy

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due upon booking. 

You may pay the full amount by selecting “pay now” at the bottom of your invoice or you may pay the remaining balance by cheque at the Festival.

Festival bookings cancelled with less than 20 days’ notice will be charged 50% of the total booking cost, unless a class of the same size is scheduled in their place. The initial deposit will not be refunded.

Festival bookings cancelled with less than 10 days’ notice will be charged 100% of the total booking cost, unless a class of the same size is scheduled in their place. The initial deposit will not be refunded.

The Stepping into Nature Festival will proceed rain or shine. However, the Burns Bog Conservation Society retains the right to cancel Festival dates at any time due to safety hazards and concerns. This may include, but is not limited to, extreme weather conditions, unexpected flash flooding, fallen trees, or downed power lines. 

In the event that your booking is cancelled by the Burns Bog Conservation Society, the booking will be rescheduled or refunded in full.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I best prepare my class for the Festival?

Divide your class into 2 groups of students, with a minimum of 1 adult supervisor in each group. Inform supervisors that they are responsible for the behaviour of their group during the Festival. Please review our behaviour guidelines with your class prior to visiting Burns Bog. These guidelines, as well as a “What to Bring” checklist, are included in the Welcome Package that is distributed following registration.

How long is the Festival?

Stepping into Nature starts at 9:45am and finishes at 2:00pm, similar to a regular school day.

Is there a place to have lunch?

We have a large tent set up on-site with tables and chairs for students (and adults) to have lunch. Please ensure your students leave the lunch area cleaner than they found it.

Are there bathrooms?

Bathrooms and hand sanitizer are available by the lunch tents. We recommend that students take time to use the bathroom before starting their activity stations in the morning, and after lunch in the afternoon. There are no bathroom facilities in the Delta Nature Reserve.

Are students required to complete/bring Release Forms?

Completed Consent, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk Forms are required for participation in all Burns Bog Field Trips, including Stepping into Nature. Forms are included in the Welcome Package that is distributed following registration.

I still have questions - who can I contact?

Please contact the Education Coordinator at 604-572-0373 or education@burnsbog.org.

The Festival is advertised as being held over 4 days. How many days does my class attend?

In order to accommodate over 400 students, the Festival cannot take place on one single day. At the time of registration, you are required to choose which one of the four days your class will attend. The same content is covered on each day of the Festival, so which day you choose depends on your schedule and our availability.

How far will students be walking?

Students should be prepared to walk about 6km during the course of their Festival day.

Can students eat during Festival activities?

We generally do not allow students to bring food, food waste, or garbage into the Delta Nature Reserve, as food and garbage can have a serious impact on the Bog’s plants and animals. There are no garbage cans along the boardwalk or in other areas where activity stations are situated.

What about first aid?

All activity groups will have a guide leading them to each station during the Festival. Each guide is equipped with a Festival map and a first aid kit. Each station leader will also have a map and first aid kit, as well as a radio. The Education Coordinator can be reached by radio or by cell phone at any time during the Festival, and is also trained in First Aid.

I can’t find the Release Form - what should I do?

Download another copy here. Don’t forget to bring the completed version to the Festival!