Our Story

Nurturing curiosity

Our programs are designed to plant the seed of environmental curiosity by educating people about British Columbia’s diverse ecology. We believe hands-on activities and outdoor recreation creates understanding and lifelong connection to the natural world.

Two kids building stick structure in the forest

Our mission is to provide high quality programming that surrounds children in nature while encouraging creativity, community, and growth.

Two adults looking through devices at trees Kid looking at stump rings close up

Learning organically

Our children’s programs offer your kids a place to play and learn about nature away from the classroom. Sign them up for our year-round Forest School or check out our Pro-D day camps and watch them grow into confident, outdoorsy, and environmentally conscious humans.

For adults, we have a variety of special events that expand the mind and reconnect you to nature. Companies can also sign up for retreats where their teams can connect and bond more naturally.

Map of where Gavin Lake, Knife Creek, and Alex Fraser Research Forest are located in relation to Williams Lake

A diverse educational space

Our forest is almost 10,000 hectares of public “working forest” situated in the heart of British Columbia’s Cariboo region. Full of diversity, it features 3 distinct ecological regions, and showcases a variety of forest management strategies that can be used to protect landbase objectives, such as wildlife habitat and old growth characteristics.

Kids and leader sitting on log smiling at camera at Williams Lake Forest Camp

Passionate about nature

We’re a group of individuals who care greatly about the environment around them and wish to share that passion with the people that visit us.

Did you know?

Nature has been linked to physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive benefits that positively influence an individual’s development and well-being.
(Chawla, 1998; Kellert, 2002; Louv, 2005; Hartig et al., 2014).

There is a link between childhood outdoor recreation and pro-environmental attitudes in later life.
(Chawla and Derr, 2012; Ewert et al. 2005; Wells and Lekies, 2006).

Environmental education is one the most significant tools in reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.
(Feinsinger, 1998; Jacobson and McDuff 1998; Wilson, 1996).

Our Wild Timeline

2017

Inspired Learning was born as a low-cost programming option for groups staying at Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. Our goals were to increase guests’ experiences and get youth, school, and adult groups to learn more about the local environment.

We then grew to include low-cost field trip options at the research forest, as well as bringing in school groups to learn about nature-based topics.

2018-2019

We changed our name to Wild & Immersive and our team grew! Our programming expanded to include Pro-D days and spring break camps, family special events and after school programs.

2020-2022

When the pandemic hit, our field trips and programs shut down for a couple months. So, we got creative and Forest School started to grow. Starting as a bi-monthly program, it has since grown into a weekly program with 4 age group sessions to choose from.

2021-on-going

Inspired by the Maple Ridge location, Wild & Immersive opens up a Williams Lake chapter. Currently, we offer a full spread of programs including Forest School, day camps, overnight camps, field trips, retreats, and special events.