Balancing Indoor Time With Outdoor Time

Balancing Indoor Time With Outdoor Time

Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society running a variety of programs this Fall

The Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (CLWS) hopes that back to school does not equal the end of outdoor adventure for kids and adults alike.  The non-profit Society that now holds the contract for operating Cumberland Lake Park is running a wide variety of outdoor programming to promote sustainable recreational use of the site, and to support people in staying connected to nature.  They are a social enterprise, and the operation of these programs is supported in part by the proceeds from the campsite season.

“This is very exciting”, says Executive Director Jamie Noakes.  “We ran pilot programs last year and had such success we are able to launch into the Fall with a full schedule of programs for the general public, as well as some really cool collaborations with teachers.”  Kids programming focusses on wilderness skills and group activities and some are designed to help parents contend with the new abbreviated school week.  “We decided to run programs for Friday afternoons and Pro.D. Days to help parents out” says Program Manager Tina Willard-Stepan.  “And we have some other fun adult and family programming including Dragon Boating and Archery.  We are thrilled to be keeping the Lake Site in use into the off season.”

In addition to this slate of Fall programming, CLWS offers custom programs for school groups.  Teachers can contact the Society to inquire about ½ day or full day field trips, ongoing weekly programming, or overnight campouts.  Their program Manager will even help teachers connect it to curriculum.

Registration is now open for programs that begin as early as the first week of September.  All classes are run at the Comox Lake Park site.  For more information about CLWS or to register for the upcoming programs, visit



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