Teacher's Guide

Follow Up

Follow-up Activities

Outdoor School Lifestyle: learning to live lightly

A lifestyle is nothing more than a host of habits — each of which is a way of doing something you don't even think about. Sea to Sky Outdoor School offers school groups the opportunity to think about how they live and get practice at living in ways that reduce their ecological footprint. By raising a student's awareness of everyday habits that burden our collective life support system and to offer healthy alternatives, students take initial steps in learning to live fully, with less impact.

The lifestyle at Outdoor School not only profiles simple alternatives to everyday behaviours — it offers an opportunity to live them. Practice makes perfect and new habits slowly take root as students see, feel and experience first hand how something is done and why doing it this way makes sense.

The Outdoor School community at Sea to Sky serves as an incubator of sorts, where new habits are nurtured. Participants leave with these when they return home. One aspect of Sea to Sky follow-up is to encourage and support students to continue to develop these habits as they integrate back into their everyday lives.

Universal Follow Up for all Sea to Sky programs

The habits outlined below characterize the lifestyle at Sea to Sky. Collectively they can significantly shrink an individual's ecological footprint — the new imperative of the 21st century. Students will practice these for 3 or 4 days before returning home.

The nature of follow-up at Sea to Sky is making the effort every day to exercise and thereby strengthen these habits when students get home. No doubt some of these are easier to do in a Sea to Sky setting but all are achievable to some degree, in an urban-suburban setting as well. Go forth and be the difference!

"You don't think your way to a new way of living — you live your way to a new way of thinking."
David Schnarch

Number Habit Explanation
1 We walk a lot. By choice. See more. Best way to explore the island. Improves fitness.
2 We move self-propelled. Solar powered motion eg. hiking, canoeing, swimming, running, etc.
3 We share more and buy less. Made our own music and created own entertainment. Share bedroom.
4 We produce little food waste. Food waste challenge, hearty appetites, awareness it's right thing to do.
5 We eat less junk, more quality. Low sugar, salt, caffeine, fat content of snacks and meals.
6 We are active everyday. Great way to be. It's fun.
7 We live well TV/PC/DVD free. There is nothing like direct 'sense-surround'; experience from the wild.
8 We use less energy. Solar powered recreation and transport. Outside all day.
9 We are outside a lot. Where the real action is. Use less energy. Great classroom.
10 We conserve water. Clothing worn longer without washing. Fewer showers. Toilets 'mellow'.
11 We use less materials. Experiential learning with small journals (logbooks) for record keeping.
12 We have less 'stuff'. Arrived with 10-15 kg. back pack full of needs, few wants. Sharing rules.
13 We eat less meat. Meat has much larger ecological footprint than plant products.
14 We produce little garbage. 3-4 'Buy Nothing Days' in a row, active recycling, one can challenge.

Program Specific Follow-Up

"I don't have a message. My message is my life."
Gandhi

The Webweavers, Discovery, Connections, Greenstar! and Go Wild programs also have a program-oriented follow-up which complements the universal follow-up described above. Details of these program related follow-up activities will be made available by an 'Islander' during their school visit.

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