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learning yourself naturally multiplied

Welcome to your new classroom

in the Bow Valley Corridor

Learn about the world in the wild

LYNX offers Bow Valley Corridor students in grade 6 through 8 an exciting alternative to conventional classroom or online learning. New for the 2020-2021 school year, our program combines teacher-directed online instruction in the core subjects of Math and English Language Arts following the Alberta Program of Studies with experiential learning in all other subjects led by a teacher in the setting of the Bow Valley. Every weekday morning, students attend classes online, participating in engaging lessons and discussions with their class teachers and a group of other students throughout Alberta with a maximum of 18 students per class.

LYNX students then assemble for the afternoon in their classroom without walls and explore subjects – including Science, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education – through a naturalistic inquiry and project based mode of learning.

Instead of studying ecology through a book, LYNX students will learn by walking through a subalpine forest. Rather than discussing water quality, they will take samples in different locations along a flowing river. They will not just learn about the political process, but instead get involved by engaging with members of their local government. They will meet and interact with local artisans to discover how tradition, knowledge, and skilled hands transform raw materials into treasured products. Rather than being taught life and social skills, they will instead develop and practice these skills with members of the broader community.

LYNX students will gain a deep appreciation and understanding of their environment and their place within in it. The lynx is known for its remarkable eyesight, giving it the ability to see what other animals cannot. LYNX students will be able to move beyond the textbook and physical classroom to visualize, experience, appreciate, and understand their place within the world. They will be prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Accepting students now for the 2020-2021 school year

Would your child benefit from LYNX? If you reside in the Bow Valley Corridor, you owe it to yourself and your child to consider applying now. We are accepting students in Grades 6 through 8 until September 30, 2020

The program began as a vision that rapidly changing circumstances transformed into a reality. A small group of Canmore families envisioned an outdoor school for their children. They recognized the opportunities the Bow Valley Corridor provided for learning outside of the regular classroom.

The global COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted how families view educational delivery.  Our hybrid model – online for the core academic courses and outdoors with a small cohort of students under the guidance of experienced outdoor education teacher – provides an ideal educational environment for LYNX students. They attend virtual classes at home for the core subjects and then gather primarily outdoors for the remainder of the school day.

LYNX is not for every student. But for those that seek to be engaged and active, preparing to be the leaders of the future, it is the ideal educational placement for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child is ready for LYNX, click on the link below to download a copy of our Application Package.

LYNX Application Package

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Learning through mixed inquiry and projects

Melanie Guest

Meet your teacher outdoors

We are delighted to introduce Melanie Guest, the teacher responsible for the delivery of the outdoor component of LYNX.

Melanie’s university studies include a Bachelor of Kinesiology (majoring in Outdoor Pursuits; minoring in Geography) and her Bachelor of Education (majoring  in Physical Education). Both degrees were awarded by the University of Calgary. 

As a teacher with Alberta certification, Melanie has taught in schools throughout western Alberta, as well as spending a year teaching physical education and science in Uganda. While Melanie has taught students at all grade levels, she has a particular passion working with junior high students, encouraging them to step out beyond the classroom and engage in the outdoors, so that they may realize and fulfill their potential as young adults. 

As a mountain enthusiast and  Canmore resident, Melanie knows the Bow Valley Corridor well. She appreciates the natural beauty of the mountain landscapes, understands the history and geography of the area, has great knowledge of the diverse flora, fauna, and wildlife, and is proud to be a member of the community.

As a certified Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Instructor, she has the knowledge and skills to  ensure the well being of your children while they are engaged in learning outside of the physical classroom, wherever this may take them in the Bow Valley Corridor.

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