August 21, 2019

Community Programs

Outdoor Family & Early Years Programs

Find out more below, and Register HERE

SUMMER SPROUTERS @ Courtenay Elementary Community School Garden

 Facilitated by Lake Trail Community Education Society

Lake Trail Community Education Society invites you to discover the magic of the garden. Play, create and learn with our facilitators and special guests. Our program welcomes limited families with children aged 6 months-5 years old and their caregivers. Pre-registration is required. 

When: Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am

Dates: 6 weeks: July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th & 11th. Register for one or all sessions.

Cost: This program is by donation. Pay what you can online or donate in person. ** No donation necessary if cost is a barrier.

Ages: 6 months – 5 yrs. of age, Caregiver involvement required

More details and registration at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/159943859389
 

Weekly Plan & Special Guests:

July 7th: Join Lake Trail Community Education Society staff members; ECE Jessie, Garden Coordinator Elaine, and Canada Summer Jobs Placement, Anna B. for a great introduction to the garden at Courtenay Elementary. Help water, create a community painting, plant seeds and More!

July 14th: We’ll use all our senses in the garden this week and enjoy music from the lovely Kazimea Sokil of Treefrog Music & Resonance Arts. 

July 21st: Learn about Bees & Pollinators. Join special guest Rachel Halliwell of Home Grown Bee and check out her observational hive. 

July 28th: We’re going to be using REAL tools. Preschool age (3-5) participants will have the chance to try out our Hammering Station, along with plenty of other engaging offerings. Wear closed toed shoes please!

August 4th: We’re excited to have Indigenous Elder Autie Annie join us to connect with our community of young ones today. Let’s also do some magic painting and wand making!

August 11th: Today, we’ll create natural crowns and garden treasures. Children’s Librarian, Gillian Connors from the Courtenay Branch of VIRL will come share stories and more with us at group time!

 
 

Cost: By Donation

Find out more below, and Register HERE 

FOREST SAPLINGS at Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park

 Facilitated by Lake Trail Community Education Society & Hand-In-Hand Nature Education

Lake Trail Community Education Society invites caregivers with children aged 3 – 6 years to join us for the second year of Forest Saplings Family program. Knowledgeable nature educators from Hand-In-Hand Nature Education join us for an engaging and fun nature connection journey with forest play, games, stories, songs, and art to help develop sensory awareness skills for you and your little ones.
 

When: Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00am

Dates: 6 weeks: July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd & 10th. Register for one or all sessions.

Cost: Suggested $5/child per week. **If cost is a barrier, please don’t hesitate to get in touch programs@ltces.ca

Ages: 3-6yrs of age, Caregiver involvement required.

More details and registration at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/160659008419

Cost: Suggested $5/child/week

YOUTH Summer Program

Find out more below, and Register HERE

NATURE ART WORKSHOP @ Puntledge Park

 Facilitated by Lake Trail Community Education Society

Art and nature collide in Lake Trail Community Education Societies Nature Art Workshops for youth aged 9 to 12. Youth learn new skills and immerse themselves in art inspired by nature with professional artist and art teacher, Larissa McLean. Each session features unique art activities including plant ID, nature sketching with artist trading cards, tiny button creations from experiences in nature, and mono-printing.

Our program welcomes limited youth. Pre-registration is required. Covid safety practices in place.

When: 10am to Noon

• Saturday, July 24th

• Tuesday, July 27th

• Friday, July 30th

*** Register for one, or as many sessions as you like. Each date will feature different art activities.

Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 p/ session. Bursaries available if cost is a barrier.

Supplies: All supplies included.

Ages: 9 to 12. Drop off program.

Registration: Each attending child will be required to pre-register through Eventbrite

Facilitator: Larissa McLean obtained an Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design, continuing on to the University of British Columbia for a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After 10 dynamic years working to inspire young artists as an Art Teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, Larissa moved to the Comox Valley where she now shares her passion for nature and art!

Location & Access: Puntledge Park (Not the school, the park).  

More details and registration @ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/160893710419

Suggested Cost: $5-10/session

Past Workshops & Programming

Spring 2021

Online Gardening Workshops

Get a start on planning, dreaming, and preparing your garden this spring! 

Find out more, and register through the links below :

 
Year around abundance in the kitchen garden is a matter of planning. Join LTCES to plan out your garden!
 
Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30 to 8:00
 
 
Rich fertile well drained soil is every gardener’s dream. Join LTCES to learn about building soil you love.
 
Wednesday, February 17th, 6:30 to 8:00
 
 
This online class will include tips for growing successful garden starts indoors and out.
 
Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30 to 8:00
 
Learn how to respond to unpredictable conditions and rapid weather changes in the garden to protect your harvest!
 
Wednesday, March 24th, 6:30 to 8:00
 
Edible landscapes are the ultimate stealth gardens. The class will cover planning & design using harmonious blends of food, flowers & herbs.
 
Wednesday, April 7th, 6:30 to 8:00
 
Learn the basics of companion planting; simple combinations that have been proven successful; and strategies to guide your own experiments.
 
*DATE CHANGED* to Wednesday May 5, 6:30 to 8:00*

$20 p/class

Seven weeks.

Tuesdays, April 27th to June 8th.

6:30 to 8:00

Creative Writing Crash Course for Youth - Online

This Creative Writing Crash Course will engage students from ages 12 – 17 in the process of writing flash fiction and short stories in various genres.

Students will explore the crafting of  elements such as setting, characterization and plot development while workshopping their own writing in an inclusive and supportive environment. Mystery, fantasy, steam punk and dystopian literature are the genres that they will dive into and enjoy throughout this course!

This program will engage youth who have a spark for creative writing, supporting their growth in confidence and knowledge about the writing process while giving them a platform to get excited about their own writing and the writing of others. 

Join us to connect with a community of young writers!

 

Free for Lake Trail students. 

By donation for other community youth. 

Facilitator Bernadette Keenan is a writer and BC certified teacher specializing in Senior Humanities. She has received a BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary before going on to complete a BEd. Bernadette has taught many subjects at the senior high level but her passion is teaching literature and creative writing.

 

FREE to register for Lake Trail students.

By donation for other Comox Valley students.

Thursday, February 4th.

6:30 to 7:30

Cook, Eat, Learn: Waste Free Lunches

Lake Trail Community Education Society is excited to team up with Cumberland Community School Society and Christina Willard-Stepan, Facilitator and Environmental Educator for Comox Strathcona Waste Management, to offer Cook, Eat and Learn.
 
Zoom in and learn about the landfill, do a waste audit and talk about waste free lunches. The workshop includes a cooking class with some lunch treat ideas. An ingredient and equipment list will be provided.
 
Appropriate for children ages 5 and up with adult accompaniment.
 
If you are unable to purchase supplies, please contact ccss.coordinator@gmail.com if you are in Cumberland, or LTCMSCoordinator@sd71.bc.ca elsewhere in the Comox Valley. 
 

 

FREE to register!

Ages 5+ with adult accompaniment

Winter 2021

Online Ukulele Classes with Ruth Rae

Find out more, and register through the links below :

 
Learn to play this popular instrument in six weeks! This course covers the basics from how to properly hold the instrument, chords, strumming, reading song charts, basic music theory, tablature, vocals and ear training. 
 
Tuesdays from 3pm to 4pm. Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9, 16.
 
 
The Advanced Beginners class is a continuation from our Beginner Ukulele classes, or for those with some ukulele experience. This class includes more music theory, chords, strums and vocals, and continued development of strum patterns.
 
Tuesdays from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. Feb 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9, 16.
 
 
In the Intermediate class we will learn to use a metronome, play with consistent rhythm while using more complex strums, develop fret hand strength and dexterity, play and sing more complex songs and tablature melodies, and the basics of harmony singing.
 
Mondays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Feb 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
 

Online classes will be held through Zoom. You will need internet access, a computer or tablet, a quiet lesson space, and a ukulele.  Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

 

$60

6 classes each

Age 10+

Thursday, February 18th.

7:00 to 8:30

Watershed 101

Did you know that in the Comox Valley we are all “connected by water”?
 
Join the CVRD’s Connected by Water team Meaghan Cursons and Tina Willard-Stepan as they take you and your family on a tour of the Comox Lake Watershed, learning about history, ecology, past, present and future.
 
This interconnected system of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers is the source of drinking water for most of the Comox Valley. Explore the history, ecology, human uses and climate change impacts facing our watershed.
 
This interactive Zoom workshop is appropriate for ages 10 and up with their families, or for any community members interested in knowing more about our watershed!
 
A link to Zoom event will be sent to registrants closer to the date.
 
Hosted by Lake Trail Community Education Society and Cumberland Community School Society.

 

FREE to register!

Ages 10+

Fall / Winter 2020

Wednesdays:

November 18 and 25

December 2, 9, 16, and 30

** No class December 23

7:30 - 8:30 pm

Beginners Ukulele

The Beginners Intermediate class is a continuation from our Beginner Ukulele classes, or for those with some ukulele experience.

This class includes basic music theory, chords, strums and vocals, and learning the basics of harmony singing.

Online classes will be held through Zoom. You will need internet access, a computer or tablet, a quiet lesson space, and a ukulele.  Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

 

$50

6 Classes

We are Wild! Outdoor Education Series for Youth

Lake Trail Community Education understands that concerns around the spread of coronavirus, and the disruption to our daily lives, can be especially tough for youth. Our FREE outdoor education sessions are designed for a small group of youth who could use some extra support, in a fun and enriching environment.

Who can join? Youth who are experiencing added stress, fear, or anxiety during this unique time.

Grades 4 to 6: Four Thursdays. September 24 and October 1, 8, and 15. 3:00 to 5:00. 

Grades 6 to 9:  Five Tuesdays. September 22, 29 and October 6, 13, and 20. 3:30 to 5:30.

Where: Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park. Meet by the outdoor exercise equipment in the upper field, behind Lake Trail Community Middle School.

Program Description: Participants connect with nature and others in a safe, fun, and meaningful way in the Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park. Engaging in youth-led, place-based activities, participants will receive mentorship to support deeper nature connection and the celebration of individual gifts.

Healthy Snack: A healthy snack will be provided. (There is an opt. out in registration if you would prefer to bring your own snack).

Gear: Warm layers and waterproof clothing. Waterproof shoes (gumboots are fine). Backpack with water.

If there is a barrier to participating due to not having proper rain gear or footwear, email LTCMSCoordinator@sd71.bc.ca and we will help you get prepared.

FACILITATORS:

Renee Baron is the owner and primary facilitator of DV8 Education. She is a BC certified teacher with additional Montessori Training, a graduate of the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program, and an Outdoor Educator with over 15 years of experience. It is her personal mission to help youth strengthen their connection with natural landscapes in order to foster self-reliance, health and wellness, and accountability.

Kester Reid has lived in Canada since 2016 working for outdoor schools in BC, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Kester has studied with Wilderness Awareness School and the Animas Valley Institute and has learned to find deep nourishment in the animate landscape, in the unfolding mystery of my soul’s journey, and in the special honour of meeting and guiding others, young and old. Kester currently works with Fianna Wilderness School.

Safety: This program follows safety guidelines for Covid-19. Parents / guardians are asked to review and sign guidelines within the registration process. The program is offered in a small group setting, with no more than twelve participants.

For further information and to register, email: LTCMSCoordinator@sd71.bc.ca

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LTCES acknowledges the Canadian Red Cross for their support of this program for vulnerable youth in our community. 

Summer 2020

Three Tuesdays: August 11, 18, and 25 (FULL)

OR

Three Thursdays: August 13, 20, and 27 (FULL)

Outdoor Art Exploration Series for Youth

 

Who can join? Youth between the ages of 11 to 15 who are experiencing added stress, fear, or anxiety during this unique time.

There is still room in the Thursday sessions: August 11, 18, and 25. Email LTCMSCoordinator@sd71.bc.ca to register. 

Time: 10:30 to Noon. (Please arrive a few minutes early to be sure we are ready to go at 10:30)

Where: Meet near the playground equipment at Puntledge Park (not the school, the park!)

Program Description: Participants have a chance to de-compress, express and make sense of what they are feeling and thinking and observing through art and nature. Each session features an exploration into the forest and an art project. The program is offered in a small group setting.

Facilitator: Jessica Kerekes Rinn is an artist, educator, and art therapist who works with people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life. She focuses on creating wellness workshops tailored to each person or group. When Jessica is not working, she is out exploring with her husband and cat Leela. Please check out her website for regular updates www.wheelmakercreative.com

Jessica will be joined at the sessions by an LTCES staff or volunteer.

Safety: This program follows safety guidelines for Covid-19. Parents / Guardians are asked to review and sign these within the registration process.

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LTCES acknowledges the Canadian Red Cross for their support of this program for vulnerable youth in our community. 

Thursday, August 6
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Kids Biology Walk in Puntledge Park

Do you have an 8 to 11 year old who is curious about plants and animals?

Lake Trail Community Education Society’s Canada Summer Jobs placement, Anna Brailey, is entering her third year of a Bachelor of Sciences degree for biology. Register your child for a walk and nature scavenger hunt in the Puntledge forest with Anna as she shares her love of plants and animals, (even crawly insects!), through biology facts and a really cool online app..

The walk is by donation and takes place on Thursday, August 6th, from 10am to 11:30am. Parents or guardians are welcome to come along, or drop off and pick up at the playground area at Puntledge Park.

** Please note that the walk will move to the following day, Friday, August 7th, if the weather does not cooperate.

By Donation

Tuesdays:

July 7, 14, 21, and 28

August 4 and 11
10:00 am - Noon

Forest Saplings

Lake Trail Community Education Society invites parents and guardians with children aged 3 – 5 years to join us for our free Forest Saplings sessions! Knowledgeable outdoor educators from DV8 Education and Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Program join us for an engaging and fun nature connection journey with games, stories, songs, and art to help develop sensory awareness skills for you and your little ones.

Activities take place in Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park where families have the opportunity to connect with others and the natural environment. LTCES’s Canada Summer Jobs placement will also be on site sharing her love of animals and plants.  

You do not need to register for all six sessions. Join us for one, or more!

*** The activities will be age appropriate for 3-5 year old children. Younger children within the same family are welcome to attend .

*** Limited numbers and safety protocols will be in place. Be sure to select a ticket for EACH family member attending so that we can track numbers.

*** This is not a drop off program. Parent/guardian participation is required.

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DV8 Education and Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Program are local businesses focused on providing nature connection programming to schools and the community at large.

Many thanks to the Comox Valley Horticulture Society for their support of this free community program!

Free to attend!

All programs are full. Thank you for your interest!

Spring 2020

Sundays:

March 15

March 29
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Guided Walking Tours

Join the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers on an interpretive walk along Morrison Creek near Lake Trail Community Middle School. Come to know and appreciate the diversity of life within and around a vital salmon stream. 

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as there are a few slopes and tree roots in Roy Morrison Park when starting the walk from the school. 

All welcome! Children supervised by parents / guardians. Meet at the front doors of the school. The school will not be open, so bring only what you wish to carry. 

Free to attend!

Please register in advance.

$20 p/class

*** Aside from the Container Garden class, which is $25. 

Participants leave with a container planted with salad greens to enjoy.

Mondays:

Apr. 6 and 20

May. 4, 11, and 25
** No class April 13, 27, or May 18
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Calming Yoga 101

Calming Yoga 101 offers guided instruction on breathing exercises, relaxation, restorative yoga, gentle movements and introduction to meditation providing participants with tools to calm your nervous system, release stress and rediscover a more balanced inner self. Feel happier and more present in your everyday life!

Solene Chang has been teaching yoga, breathing, and meditation since 2001. She is an RN and mom. She looks forward to sharing space with you.

Drop In’s welcome at $10, if space allows. Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

$40

5 Classes

Age 14+

Mondays:

Apr. 6 and 20

May. 4, 11, and 25
** No class April 13, 27, or May 18
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Yoga 101

Yoga 101 offers an overall experience of yoga from relaxation, breathing, asana (postures), beginning meditation, and an introduction to yoga thinking and philosophy.

We are happy to accommodate beginners and ongoing students of yoga. Please bring a yoga mat, blocks (if you have), and a blanket.

Solene Chang has been teaching yoga, breathing, and meditation since 2001. She is an RN and mom. She looks forward to sharing space with you.

Drop In’s welcome at $10, if space allows. Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

$40

5 Classes

Age 14+

Thursdays:

April 30

May 14

May 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Spring Art Night Drop In's

Community Art Night drop-ins provide a positive space for families and community members to connect while making arts and crafts together. Bring your own projects, work from supplies which LTCES has on hand, or join in some group projects with community facilitators.

This program promotes inter-generational learning and community building. All ages are welcome. No art-making experience necessary!

Free to attend!

Registration not required.

April 30: Craft and Chat

Bring your own art project or create a collage using our vast array of collage materials!

May 14: Slow Stitching / Sashiko

Learn this Japanese stitching for renewing and embellishing old clothing or newly crafted items.

Facilitated by Patricia Cribb-Baskin, a maker who handbinds books, knits, weaves, spins and handsews. 

** You are welcome to bring your own project to work, and craft supplies will be on hand. 

May 28: Craft and Chat

Bring your own art project or create a collage using our vast array of collage materials!

Tuesdays:

Apr. 21 to May 26
5:45 - 6:45 pm

Beginners Community Ukulele Classes

Learn to play this popular instrument in six weeks! This course covers the basics from how to properly hold the instrument, chords, strumming, reading song charts, tablature, vocals and ear training. All done in a fun and encouraging atmosphere with instructor Ruth Rae. Designed for beginners ages 10 to 110!

There are a limited number of loaner ukulele’s which can be requested. Otherwise, participants are asked to bring their own.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

$50

6 Classes

Age 10+

Tuesdays:

Apr. 21 to May 26
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Advanced Community Ukulele Classes

Carrying on with learning to sing and strum – students should be proficient in chord transitions of C,F, G G7, Dm, Am, have the ability to strum down and up strums; read basic tablature and keep steady rhythm and understand basic music theory.

This class is a continuation of the Beginners Ukulele class.

If you have not completed the Beginners Ukulele class but believe you have the experience to join, please email instructor Ruth Rae in advance of registering at: ruthrae63@gmail.com

Participants are asked to bring a ukulele. 

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled and a full refund or credit will be issued.  Don’t delay, register today!

$50

6 Classes

Age 10+

Wednesday, April 22
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Nutrition for the Family

Confused about the many nutrition messages out there?
 
Curious about nutrition for yourself and your family?
 
Dietitian Erin Roman shares her knowledge on how food and nutrition can support our bodies. In this free session, Erin provides an overview of nutrition, the physiology of how food breaks down in our body, and how we can help ourselves and our families with energy and wellbeing.
 
Participants will learn some easy and nutritious recipes and tips on increasing nutrient-dense foods in our daily lives.
 
 
Sign up through the button on the right or email: LTCMSCoordinator@sd71.bc.ca
 
 
*** Donations at the door gratefully accepted to Lake Trail Community Education Society.

Free to attend!

Friday, May 8
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Community Potluck

All are welcome to join Lake Trail Community Education Society for our quarterly community potluck. 

Bring your favourite dish to share and come together for great conversation and community connections. If you are not a cook, no worries! Sharing store-bought food is fine. 

Our community potlucks are family friendly and FREE. Registration is not required. 

The event runs from 6 pm to 8:30 pm with board games on hand for after supper.

Free to attend!

Registration not required.

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