The purpose of land and agriculture-based learning programs is to enrich students' education through immersive, hands-on experiences that connect them with the natural world. By integrating outdoor learning environments, interactions with animals, and agricultural practices into our curriculum, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of ecology and sustainability. These programs offer students the unique benefits of experiential learning, enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of nature while promoting physical health, mental well-being, and a sense of responsibility towards the environment. Through this holistic approach, students gain practical skills and insights that encourage lifelong stewardship of the land and a profound connection to the world around them.
Animal Health & Wellness
The Animal Wellness program at Gibbons School offers equine-assisted learning for students in grades 7-9. Through personalized horse pairings, students gain confidence, develop teamwork skills, and foster empathy, all while acquiring proficiency in animal care. Supervised by certified teachers, this program replaces complementary classes, ensuring a supportive and enriching environment for all participants.
For more information please visit the Gibbons School website here, or contact the Gibbons School office directly.
Embracing our division's deep-rooted rural heritage, we take immense pride in introducing the Green Certificate program for our High School students. This program is tailored to nurture the aspirations of students who share a passion for the dynamic realm of agricultural business.
As our students embark on this educational adventure, they acquire not only the theoretical knowledge but also the practical skills and attitudes necessary for success in the agricultural industry. By actively engaging with experienced farm professionals, our students learn directly from those who have honed their expertise through years of hands-on work.
Land Based Learning
Through land-based learning, we empower our students to cultivate a strong, harmonious, and sustainable bond with the land, fostering a brighter future for all. Students have the opportunity to connect with the land, delving into its rich teachings and understanding their place within it. In Cree, Wahkohtowin embodies the intricate relationship between humans and our non-human relatives, emphasizing interconnectedness and reciprocity. As stewards of the land, we recognize that our actions reverberate throughout our environment, shaping the world around us. It's not just about what we take, but how we give back and nurture this relationship with kindness, respect, and gratitude. Join us on this journey of discovery, connection, and stewardship.
Step into the world of the Morinville Learning Farm, where agricultural education flourishes! Situated within the school grounds at École Morinville Public School, this innovative initiative features a bustling chicken coop, setting the stage for hands-on learning experiences. With 16 cheerful hens making their home in the coop, students take the reins, tending to daily tasks such as egg collection and coop maintenance. Supported by parents and staff, students also manage the sale of eggs, ensuring the sustainability of our farm. At the forefront of agricultural programming in Alberta, the Learning Farm offers students a unique opportunity to engage with nature, develop practical skills, and foster a strong sense of community. Grounded in research highlighting the importance of belonging and connection, this initiative empowers students to thrive both academically and personally.
Please contact École Morinville Public School for more information on our chickens!
Open Air Learning
The Open Air Learning program, available at Sturgeon Heights School and Namao School, enhances our standard curriculum by integrating enriching outdoor learning experiences into students' educational journeys. Aligned with the Alberta Curriculum, Open Air Learning offers hands-on, experiential activities that foster exploration and understanding of the natural world. Daily excursions to natural areas enhance classroom instruction, enabling students to apply their learning in authentic settings. This holistic approach to education cultivates a love of learning, fosters a deep connection to nature, and equips students with the skills and knowledge essential for success in academia and beyond.
Outdoor classrooms play a pivotal role in enhancing the educational experience for students of all ages. Beyond traditional indoor settings, these dynamic learning environments offer numerous benefits that enrich academic, social, and emotional development. Outdoor classrooms offer a breath of fresh air, promoting physical health and well-being while reducing stress and anxiety. By embracing the outdoors as a natural extension of the learning environment, outdoor classrooms empower students to explore, discover, and thrive in ways that transcend traditional educational boundaries.