Ecologically emPowering Inclusive Communities
EPIC Learning Centre (EPIC) is a community-created, nature-based K- 3/4 blended distributed learning (DL) centre in Victoria, BC. We are excited to announce a new site partnership with Power to Be on Prospect Lake, the traditional land of the Songhees, Esquimalt, Malahat and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
Learning at EPIC is deeply rooted in the natural world and our goal is to build a multi-generational, diverse learning community.
Learning takes place in intimate cohorts (up to 16 students) on-site three days a week. Families continue their learning at home on other days of the week.
Each cohort is guided by 2-3 adults who bring their extensive outdoor education training and experience mentoring children to EPIC.
A BC certified teacher leads the on-site program 2 days of the week and supervises each student’s home learning throughout the year.
EPIC works in collaboration with Navigate NIDES from School District 71 (SD71) as a part of the Heartwood Learning Community. While we are administratively associated with SD71, we are Victoria-based and learners do not need to be located in SD71 to participate.
We are more than a program…
We are a community consciously creating an opportunity for children and adults to come together to discover, create, play, reflect and learn. Our Missions and Values seek to offer families a space in which delivery of curriculum mirrors the shared values of connectedness with nature and community.
The best part about EPIC is learning about nature and making things with nature. And climbing trees!-Lina, Grade 1 student
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EPIC has been exactly what we were looking for, without knowing it. Our entire family has found community that nurtures our whole being, and our kiddo is flourishing with the intense care for all parts of her that the learning team provide. Even the schedule of 2 days of home schooling, which we initially hesitant about, is a rhythm we have come to love – especially with so many amazing other families to connect and learn with.– Parent of grade 2 student