We reduce barriers to outdoor activity and provide responsible outdoor recreation activities, practices and environmental stewardship. Together with local schools and youth organizations, we co-create a reality where children and youth can experience life-changing outdoor activities.
This is a partnership of Equip Canada and Wilderland Adventure Company, a local Winnipeg based outfitter, to promote and oversee this new and exciting project. Together, we believe that a new and innovative approach is necessary to meet Manitoba's outdoor activity deficit.
Let's face it...the outdoor sector needs to pivot how we operate to ensure a strong balance of public safety and still providing impactful outdoor experiences. Our strong leadership team and innovative program approach meets both Manitoba Health guidelines and is Covid-19 compatible. We believe that our project success comes from being flexible and making an effort to become aligned with this new reality we are currently living in. We are set up to support schools, churches, community clubs, and local camps to collectively adjust.
This is the Youth Outdoors Project and we are ready to embrace the new normal!
Fun, Safe & Rewarding outdoor Experiences
Canoe. Hike. Paddleboard. Snowshoe. Bike. Camp.
We connect students with a life-changing outdoor experiences that will hold lasting impact for the rest of their lives. We facilitate the Outdoor Council of Canada's "Get Outside" curriculum that is aimed to provide students with basic knowledge and applied opportunities to develop outdoor activity and camping skills. A typical student is a novice in the outdoors and this program is tailored for this group.
Each program includes immersion in nature, learning and practicing outdoor skills and education on Manitoba's local history!
Students come away with an understanding and practical experience with self care while outdoors, some technical skills, risk management, judgement, environmental responsibility, and teamwork.
We provide our mobile outdoor programs through professional instruction by certified and experienced volunteers and trip leaders.
Why it Matters
Bridging the Adventure Gap
Outdoor programs bring great benefit to our local community. By taking youth outside and connecting them with the land we live on, youth will participate in a transformational journey that helps them become strong individuals. They learn to work well with others, face challenges with confidence, and be inspired to lead healthy lifestyles. Environmental Stewardship and literacy also helps them gain an understanding and appreciation of our natural world.
Our aim is to faithfully and safely provide youth outdoor experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. From January to December 2021, our goal is to provide 100 days of outdoor experiences for local Manitoban youth. This has potential to engage between 1,000 and 1,500 students!
From participation, students should feel comfortable engaging in a short outdoor activity.
Students Learning Outcomes:
1. Trip Planning: Students understand appropriate destinations, equipment, and meals for a successful outdoor experience.
2. Self-Care While Outdoors: Students learn how to dress according to conditions and maintaining energy levels.
3. Technical Skills: Students will learn to paddle a canoe, hike, or snowshoe.
4. Risk Management: Students assess and defend against common outdoor hazards.
5. Environmental Responsibility: Students become aware of accepted environmental practices and their ethical responsibility.