Living Lab

Shawnigan’s Living Lab uses the 270 acres of natural spaces on our campus to take the lessons out of the classroom and into the wilderness. Outside, students perform hands-on field work, including planting trees and measuring growth, surveying biodiversity such as fish and amphibian species, and measuring stream flow and water quality. Back in the classroom, students analyze the results and are able to make comparisons to data collected by their peers since the 1990s, continuing the tradition of the Living Lab experiment and leaving their own learning legacy behind.
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.