Classrooms in the forest: school teaching largely outside this fall in northwestern Canada

Laura Howells, CBC News
 Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 09:55 — Last Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 10:07

Students learn in the forest at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Whitehorse. (Laura Howells/CBC)
Six-year-olds sit in a circle of tree stumps, watching their teacher write on a whiteboard in the forest.

Teachers carry bear spray and walkie-talkies. There are tarp shelters in case it rains.

Class is often outdoors this fall at Hidden Valley Elementary School, which has built a “forest school” on its property in the outskirts of Whitehorse.

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Sam King teaches youth motorcycle skills – Whitehorse Daily Star

The young off-road motorcycle riders spent an afternoon Sunday with professional Sam King as part of Dirt School hosted by the Yukon Cross Country Motorcycle Association. Dirt School was also held the weekend prior and on Saturday.

The school helped the youth target their technical skills to increase their control and ability on their off-road motorcycle. The techniques taught would benefit the average trail rider as well as those who consider themselves experts in hard enduro.

King, originally from Australia, but now riding pro out of B.C., said he has had a passion for dirt-biking ever since he was a kid.

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