Local Chapters of EEPSA

Resources for Local Chapters

  1. Local Chapter Guide
  2. EEPSA Local Chapter Agenda Template
  3. Local Chapter Constitution Template
  4. EEPSA Local Chapter AGM template
  5. Guide for EEPSA Local Chapter Treasurers
  6. ExpenseVoucher – local chapter
  7. Electronic Funds Transfer
  8. Travel Information Expense Reimbursement Policies
  9. Travel Information Expense Reimbursement Policies-page-13
  10. PSA-LOA-RequestForm

Our amazing Local Chapters are doing great things across the province.  They are a true testament to the power of local leadership.

Together we are:

Kootenay Columbia grab and go backpacks for outdoor learning

  • Hosting conferences to connect Classrooms to Communities on the PSA Day
  • Creating grab and go backpacks for each school in the district
  • Leading Curriculum Implementation Days
  • Hosting dinner meetings to collaborate with colleagues
  • Re-wilding school grounds
  • Creating place-based learning websites and newsletters for our districts
  • Spreading the culture of outdoor education prep-teachers in our districts
  • Hosting first aid and risk-assessment courses
  • Meeting with senior district administration to advocate for place based learning
  • Hosting lending libraries of teaching resources

    Some of the teacher suggested books from the SEED36 list

  • Building school gardens
  • Hosting professional book clubs
  • Compiling entry level lessons for teachers new to place based learning
  • Hosting blogs
  • Hosting professional development days
  • Working with community partners to develop learning experiences in our local places
  • Mentoring student teachers
  • Enjoying evening paddles and professional conversations

    Kootenay Lake teachers enjoying some collaborative time

  • Hosting seed-sharing libraries for school gardens
  • Providing mentorship to teachers who are new to outdoor learning
  • Hosting listserves
  • Sitting on district sustainability working groups
  • Building outdoor classrooms

Advocacy Resources

EEPSA Position Statement on Education Outside the Classroom

Salish Sea Letter to Districts

Curriculum and Instruction Resources (created by Chapters)

“Grab and Go” backpacks 

Environmental Education Library (suggested readings for book clubs)

Top ten tips for outdoor learning

what you need to get your students outside

Garden Resource 2018-10-05_FINAL

Curriculum-Linked Activities to Get OUTSIDE Tomorrow

Local Chapters

Outdoor Thinkers (Arrow Lakes)

Contact Erika Momeyer at ruraldragonfly@gmail.com

Arrow Lakes constitution

Most recent minutes:  Outdoor Thinkers AGM 2020

B. Outside (Burnaby)

Contact Kristina Carley at Kristina.carley@burnabyschools.ca

B. Outside Blog

Burnaby Local Chapter Constitution

Most recent minutes:  B. Outside AGM June 2020

South Central BC Regional Specialist Association (Cariboo-Chilcotin, Quesnel and Prince George)

Contact Frances McCoubrey at frances.mccoubrey@sd27.bc.ca or Vanessa Elton at velton@sd57.bc.ca

Central BC Constitution

Most recent minutes:  Central BC Jan 2021 minutes

Bridges and Barriers resource

EKEEPSA (East Kootenay EEPSA)

Contact Jennifer Doll at Jennifer.Doll@sd5.bc.ca

East Kootenay Local Chapter

East Kootenay Local Chapter Constitution

Most recent minutes: EKEEPSA Nov Minutes

Kootenay Boundary Outdoor Educators

Contact Jamie Stewart at jamie.stewart@sd51.bc.ca

Kootenay Boundary Outdoor Educators Constitution

Most recent minutes:  KBOE Meeting March 2020

Kootenay-Columbia Environmental Educators

Contact Matthias Starzner at mstarzner@sd20.bc.ca

Kootenay Columbia Environmental Educators Website

Most recent minutes:  KCEE 2020 AGM Meeting Minutes

Kootenay Lake Environmental Educators

Contact Megan Jamison at megan.jamison@sd8.bc.ca

Kootenay Lake Local Chapter Constitution

Kootenay Lake Environmental Educators Website

Most recent minutes:  Kootenay Lake January 2020

Powell River

Contact Ryan Barfoot at Ryan.Barfoot@sd47.bc.ca

Powell River Local Chapter Constitution

Most recent minutes:  Powell River Minutes June 2020


Contact Stephanie Danyluk at sdanyluk@sd19.bc.ca

Revelstoke Local Chapter






Revelstoke Local Chapter Constitution

Most recent minutes:  Revelstoke February

Rocky Mountain Place Based Learning Network

Contact Alexis Barrett at alexis.barrett@sd6.bc.ca

Rocky Mountain Local Chapter Constitution

Most recent minutes:  RMPBLN 2020 AGM minutes


REED38 (Richmond)

Contact Anne-Marie Fenn at afenn@sd38.bc.ca or Michael Wolfe at mwolfe@sd38.bc.ca

REED 38 Constitution

Most recent minutes:  REED38 Meeting Jan 2019


Salish Sea Place Based Learning Network (Victoria, Sooke and Saanich)

Contact Chloe Faught at cfaught@saanichschools.ca

Local-Chapter-Constitution-Victoria Salish Sea 2019

Most recent minutes:  SSEEPSA January 2021

SEED36 (Surrey)

Contact Alison Leslie at leslie_a@surreyschools.ca

SEED36 Infographic

SEED36 Constitution

SEED36 Newsletter: Rooted: Winter 2021 (office.com)

Most recent minutes: SEED36 Minutes – Jan 2021

Forming a Local Chapter

A Local Chapter is a local, teacher-driven organization that helps teachers come together to collaborate, engage in professional development and influence curriculum.  You can invite administrators and community educators to be involved, but it should be led by BCTF members.  Local Chapters and PSAs exist under the auspices of the BCTF.

Step 1

Bring a group of teachers together.   EEPSA can support you with reimbursement for food and drink to make this happen.

Step 2


  • a president to set the agenda and chair the meetings
  • a secretary to compile minutes and send them to our secretary
  • a treasurer to submit your expenses for reimbursement

Step 3

Consider your goals and intentions for the year around meeting to collaborate, and whether you’d like to plan any professional development activities for your region.


From EEPSA’s perspective, we need:

  • Each of your meetings to have an agenda and minutes.  We’ll post your minutes to our website.
  • The majority of your Local Chapter members to be active EEPSA members.
  • Your president, secretary and treasurer to be active members of the BCTF (dues paying).
  • A constitution for your Local Chapter.  EEPSA’s executive can guide you through that process.