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Wild & Immersive:
outdoor development
programs for children and youth

Faculty of Forestry

Create environmentally curious and passionate individuals through inspiring nature-based experiences

The lack of outdoor time for children and youth is growing at an alarming rate and is taking a toll on their health and well-being. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

At Wild & Immersive, we believe that every child deserves the chance to connect with nature and experience the wonder and benefits firsthand. When children and youth experience nature, engagement follows naturally.

Our educational programs for children and youth are rooted in nature and help remind them that we are all part of the natural world. By playing, learning, and exploring the outdoors, Wild & Immersive helps build participants’ physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and encourages self-awareness and recognition of the role we can all play in helping create a healthy and resilient planet.

Wild & Immersive programs come alive at UBC Forestry’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC, and feature:

  • field trips for school and youth groups,
  • fully supervised day, overnight, and week-long camps, and
  • full supervised forest school programs during the school year.

In just the past five years, over 3,000 participants attended 152 different Wild & Immersive events where students had the opportunity to learn, explore and have fun in the forest. And, as part of the UBC Faculty of Forestry, the Wild & Immersive programs can also be a first step for youth to consider a career in the forestry profession.

You can inspire this new generation of forest stewards by ensuring no child is excluded due to financial hardship, and you’ll help school groups access the program through bursary support to offset program fees. Your generosity will also help with the costs of educational resources, field equipment, and purchase of outdoor rain gear to enable hands-on learning year-round.

You will make a difference for kids — and our natural world — with a gift to support the Wild & Immersive program today.