Specialist High Skills Major - Environmental
Would you like to glide quietly through a wetland in a canoe observing Bald Eagles, rare cranes or
turtles? Would you like to help the environment by planting trees to help preserve endangered species? Would
you like to learn valuable skills and certifications that may enhance future employment? Get outside and
At EDHS you can pair your classroom learning with outdoor experiences designed to provide you with opportunities to
apply your knowledge in real environmental stewardship activities. Learning experiences may include, but are
not limited to, the following: canoeing through environmentally significant wetlands, bee keeping, streambank
rehabilitation, navigation, back country tripping, forestry management initiatives, water quality testing, working
in Provincial Parks, as well as, wildflower and tree planting for environmental improvement.
Curriculum expectations will be linked to some of the activities listed above and students will be given the
opportunity to visit one or more colleges and universities, achieving certifications in first aid and CPR, GPS,
canoe paddling, habitat rehabilitation, species identification and more.
Students within the SHSM program have the opportunity to apply to take a 3-credit integrated program - the
Outdoor Environmental Leadership Program (OELP) - in the second semester of grade 11. This program boasts
leadership development, cross-cultural connections, outdoor education, and local community involvement; all
with a hands-on environmental focus. Major components of the program include a variety of single- and multiday outdoor field trips, as well as numerous industry-recognized certifications which are offered throughout the
semester. Credits included: grade 11 English, grade 12 Environment and Resource Management and an
environmentally-focused co-op credit.
Why "Major" in an Environmental program??
➢ The Canadian environment sector represents about 3.2% of employment in Canada, making it larger than the nation’s aerospace or pharmaceutical industries (Environmental Careers Organization Canada, 2010)
➢ According to industry experts, existing labour shortages in the environmental sector are expected to increase as regulations to meet Canada’s goals regarding climate change come into effect (Ministry of Education, 2010).
➢ There are approximately 682, 000 environmental professionals within major industry groups across Canada (Environmental Careers Organization Canada, 2010).