FRDC EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE RETURN OF RIVER SCHOOL FOR 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH WELCOMES OVER 2000 STUDENTS GRADES K-9 TO NEW WESTMINSTER FOR FRASER-INSPIRED, CURRICULUM-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
New Westminster, B.C. – The Fraser River Discovery Centre is pleased to announce the return of River School for the 2016-17 school year, which will see nearly 2500 students in grades kindergarten through 9, participate in our place-based, interactive, curriculum-connected programs.
Each of our seven programs are tailored to specific groups of grades, and are either science or social studies based.
The purpose of River School is to get students thinking about the river, its stories and contributions to BC, and the Fraser’s impact on their own lives, while bringing children directly to its banks. At the Westminster Quay, students can see the river at work and up close during their educational experience.
“Coming to the FRDC allows students to be actively engage with their local environment. We offer programs that get kids thinking about the river and moving around, while using materials and technology that they wouldn’t normally be exposed to in the classroom. All of our programs get kids outside looking at the river and talking about it, giving them a chance really see what an impact it has on their lives,” said Education Coordinator Julie Epp.
Last year, River School welcomed 2250 students from 10 different districts and 50 unique schools. This year, participation is expected to increase by 10 to 15 percent, as it has for the past two years, meaning the FRDC should welcome 200-300 more students to its galleries by May 2017.
While educating children about the river’s history and present day impact is a large part of River School, our Education Department also administers are wide variety of public programs, geared towards adults from community organizations and other groups, such as ESL or Settlement Services providers. Through the FRDC, newcomers have the opportunity to develop language skills while engaging with our interactive exhibits, and learning about the Fraser’s impact on their community.
To learn more about River School and our public programs, please visit our website athttp://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/Education or call 604-521-8401 ext.108.