Columbia Outdoor School
|Conservation Neighbourhood||Columbia ValleyUpper Kootenay River Valley|
|Focuses||Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachEnvironmental MonitoringLeadership Development|
Our Mission:To educate youth and adults to broaden perspectives, develop science literacy and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this mission through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment that incorporate biased balanced scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.
Our Vision:By 2020, Blue Lake Centre will reach beyond camp to bring high-quality environmental science, leadership and sustainability programming and experiences to communities across South Eastern BC. With upgraded energy efficient facilities for faculty and participants, BLC envisions enhanced program offerings, increased community partnerships, and broader funding opportunities. BLC’s leadership in the industry will be recognized and our staff sought after to provide guidance in the areas of science and outdoor education, partnership development, and financial sustainability.
The Blue Lake Forest Education Society is the non-profit charitable organization responsible for the operation of Blue Lake Centre. New facilities at the Centre provide rental opportunities in the new lodge as a corporate getaway and training center, develop new partnerships with schools and increased capacity for private group and family rentals and expansion of their youth summer, winter and leadership camp programs. Blue Lake provides curriculum connected forest and environment programs to youth and adults throughout the Columbia Basin. Programs increase an understanding of, and a connection to our natural world and spark an interest in science and science related careers. Camp programs develop youth self-esteem and confidence, develop leadership skills and life long outdoor recreation skills and interests.