Rationale/Overview Fits in with Placed-Based Education / Science / Social Studies / Language Arts “Place-based education immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Place-based education emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.” http://www.promiseofplace.org/

Participating Schools/Teams:

School / District Key Contact Notes
Sangster Elementary School
Camile McFarlane
Hatley Park/ Royal Roads University. Google Expedition of Old Growth Urban Forest. Incorporating knowledge about indigenous plants and traditional uses.
Sangster’s Nature Kindergarten class and Grade 5 class will work together using Google Tour Creator to create 360 digital maps of the old growth forest of Hatley Park/Royal Roads University.  Students will collaborate to design a living map in which they can share their knowledge, stories and connections of the forest with their learning communities, families, and local community.  By having the opportunity to digitally map the forest, students will learn to document, and preserve their sense of place and share the opportunities that place based learning and nature have for teaching and learning.


Dallas Elementary School
Chelcy Ross
Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park. Google Expedition including hiking trails, local flora and fauna, and indigenous knowledge.
Dallas’ grade 3-6 students will collaborate to create virtual maps of the Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park hiking trails using Google Tour Creator. Through this project, students will gain a foundational understanding of our place. To begin the project an indigenous knowledge keeper will present the knowledge of place to the class. Students will learn about local plants, landforms, oral stories and the interconnectedness of ecosystems from an indigenous perspective. Students will present their final product, Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park Expedition, to the community through a Presentation of Learning.


Columbia Park Elementary
Tracy Hill
Local landforms in Revelstoke area. Google Expedition incorporating traditional knowledge of the local wetlands, forest, mountains, valleys.
Columbia Park’s grade 2/3 students will be using Google Tour Creator to create an informative narrative on a variety of local landforms that will incorporate First Nations knowledge and will support students in developing their awareness and responsibility towards our natural environment. The project will begin with an introduction to biodiversity and how energy is needed for life. The team will research and gather information needed to help in making connections when visiting the different ecosystems such as the wetlands, forests, mountains and valleys. There will be a series of field trips exploring a variety of areas in Revelstoke in different seasons.


Trafalgar Middle School
Curtis Bendig
Nelson. Google Expedition highlighting the cultural, biological and geographic diversity and beauty of the local area.
Tour of new trail being constructed on outskirts of town
Tour of invasive and native species along waterfront
Tour highlighting the outdoor murals in town
Traflagar Middle School’s grades 6, 7 and 8 students will be using Google Tour Creator to create virtual expeditions of the local environs around Nelson, BC.
The Grade 6 class, with the support of community partners (Trails and Rec BC, Friends of Pulpit Rock Society), will research, plan and record a virtual tour of the new hiking trail being built on the outskirts of Nelson.
The grade 7 class, with the support of community partners (West Kootenay Invasive Species Council, the City of Nelson, and District AbEd workers), will research, plan and record a virtual tour of the invasive and native species on Nelson’s public waterfront areas.
The Grade 8 class, with the support of community partners (Nelson and District Arts Council, and the City of Nelson), will plan and record a virtual tour of the outdoor Murals that have been created over the last 2 years of Nelson Muralfest.
Tours will be shared with partner classes in the District, around the Province, around the country, and around the world.


SD27 Chilcotin 360
Team of 3 schools
Isabella McQuarrie
Remote First Nations Schools and surrounding areas. Google Expeditions incorporating cultural knowledge and traditional practices.
Anahim Lake, Alexis Creek, Dog Creek
The Chilcotin Schools 360 project was an idea envisioned by teachers in the Cariboo Chilcotin school district 27’s rural and remote First Nations schools. The project aims to provide Indigenous youth an opportunity to share their communities with the world. The project will use Google Tour Creator to build community tours that can be viewed through Google Expeditions. As well, the team will be taking 360 degree images of the local communities to upload to Google Street View, so that these communities can be virtually accessed and viewed by anyone in the world. The goal is to expand the concept of “virtual tours”, by building stories that highlight important cultural activities and issues of importance to local communities in the Caribou Chilcotin.


North Peace Secondary School
Christopher Neufeldt
Google Expedition of Tse’k’wa National Historical Site.
Expedition will incorporate cultural knowledge and traditional practices.
The team from North Peace Secondary School will be collaborating to create a Google Expedition of Tse’K’Wa (aka Charlie Lake Cave), a recently designated Canadian National Historical Site of archaeological importance due to the important evidence found at the cave illuminating the prehistory of the First Peoples of Canada. The cave has important cultural significance and students will learn about the prehistory of the cave as it relates to prehistory culture and from Elders in the local communities about its current importance.