Walker Environmental Group partnered
with Mountainview Homes to construct a Living
Campus at District School Board of Niagara’s
(DSBN) Woodend Environmental Centre. In
2012, the Walker family and Walker Industries
donated $500,000 towards the construction and
revitalization of the Woodend Property located
on the Niagara Escarpment adjacent to our
Niagara Falls facilities.
The living campus features both indoor and outdoor learning environments where thousands of students from the Niagara region can enjoy hands-on, interactive environmental educational experiences. Students are challenged to acknowledge their connection to the environment and to reduce their environmental footprint.
The interactive learning began with the
construction of the campus. An essential
part of the contract with DSBN was to
integrate the district’s Specialty High Skills
Major Construction program students into
the project. Approximately 25 students were
involved. They worked alongside contractors
and gained valuable hands-on skills. They
demolished the existing structures by hand,
learned masonry skills, framed the new
structures and shadowed tradespeople.
Students also learned important concepts such as material reuse — what someone may define as waste could very well be of value to another – the importance of deadlines, teamwork and collaboration.
The value for the students was the hands-on skills gained, which can be applied in the future.
The campus will be open for learning in 2015.