Two times a year students can choose from about a dozen three day workshops held after main lesson times.These workshops are taught by parents, community members and teachers who are skilled in a particular craft or field and who are passionate about sharing what they know with adolescents. Depending on the activity and the set-up required students enroll in either one or two workshops for the week. At the end of the week, there is a school-wide assembly where students present each workshop and what they did.
Workshops in the past have included: metal casting, piano duets, lazure painting, wet felting, bookbinding, baking/cooking, outdoor survival skills, environmental art, songwriting, dance and choreography, Tai Chi, etc.
The beautiful setting of the Nelson Waldorf School leads us naturally to focus on outdoor education as a major component of the curriculum through these middle-school grades. Middle School students are now ready for new challenges on every level: intellectual, artistic, and physical. Our Outdoor Education Program is geared to meet the needs for physical challenges, build skills, and develop group awareness. Each year the students have several outdoor events to look forward to, which may include:
- Class 6: Two-night hiking trip to Kokanee Glacier Cabin, day trip to Cody Caves, year-end multi-day bike trip
- Class 7: Multi-day ropes course; day trips including biking, snowshoeing, hiking; rock-climbing at Skaha Bluffs near Penticton.
- Class 8: 4-day canoe trip on Slocan Lake, several day snow camping/backpacking trip, week-long year-end trip such as tall ship sailing, ocean kayaking, horse pack trip