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Wildflower Riding Interdisciplinary Learning Community

Curriculum Design Team

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Wildflower Riding Club provides learning experiences on a working farm. Through animal-assisted learning, outdoor education, and sport, we develop life skills, physical literacy, and emotional intelligence in students.  Our current programming centers around equine activities. We offer horseback riding and horsemanship lessons to students of all ages and we specialize in working with children who aren’t fitting in other programs because of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other disorders. 

Wildflower is creating the Curriculum Design Team which will support the expansion of our programming to include an outdoor learning program on the farm. This program will include animal-assisted learning, outdoor play, farm skills, and more. Children ages 8-10 will be participating in a 12-week session on Saturday mornings.  We are also developing an identical program for homeschooled children during the week. Activities will include building obstacle courses for goats and chickens, doing equine-assisted learning activities, riding lessons, structured wandering time in nature, unstructured outdoor play, and more. As a test program, this is a great opportunity to create lesson plans for a non-traditional setting, deliver them, get immediate feedback, and revise in real time. 


All Bachelor of Education Students 


Students interested in this PLO will be working with us to design, implement, and revise lesson plans for a 12-week program for children ages 8-10


Weekly meetings 

Program session: Saturdays at 9 am to 12 pm

Volunteer scheduling is flexible


275064 Range Road 33, Rocky View County, Alberta T4C 2Y2

Zoom meetings are a possibility


What's involved

Students are primarily responsible for developing lesson plans, preparing materials, and working with our staff to deliver programming. 

Feedback: 1 hour weekly of gathering feedback from staff and students, compiling data, and providing guidance on how to improve future lesson plans.

Planning: 1 hour weekly planning meeting, in person or on zoom.  Our staff come together to plan every detail of the upcoming weeks of programming.  You may be tasked with additional responsibilities for preparing for delivery of the lesson plan if you will be participating in programming.

Programming: 3 hours weekly program delivery on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm from January 7-March 25.  Students are not expected to be there for every session, but are strongly encouraged to participate in delivering lesson plans as often as possible.


  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1 of the current academic year). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of leadership strategies to develop meaningful relationships with the program and its participants
  • Articulate how specific experiences contribute to their growth as an educator
  • Design and implement a variety of activities that meet students’ interests and learning needs 
  • Develop stronger connections to the professional community and specific organizations
  • Examine a variety of approaches to teaching and learning in non-traditional educational settings
  • Examine how programming fosters inclusion and personal growth
  • Examine how programs and educators create communities that are conducive to teaching and learning
  • Examine how teaching and learning take place in other contexts
  • Examine the diverse ways children and youth experience and express knowledge, actions, and identities
  • Identify specific opportunities for you to contribute to program communities in a positive, professional manner
  • Lead or co-lead the component of at least one project within the program
  • Model positive behavior for children, youth, teachers, and parents

Werklund Dates and Times

Winter 2023

Applications: Applications will be open until the team is full

Winter Placements Start: early January (volunteer dependent)

Check-In Sessions: Dates to be scheduled based on Curriculum Design Team's availability

Winter Placements End: mid-March (volunteer dependent)


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Curriculum Design Team Training Dates


  • Orientation will happen the week of January 2
  • If we do not have interest at that time, we will plan an orientation for later, and students can work on the outdoor learning program for homeschool students, which will begin later in January.

Programming Times

  • Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm from January 7-March 25
  • Session dates: Jan. 28, Jan. 31, Feb. 17, Feb. 18, Mar. 11, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, Apr. 18, May 20
  • We will be running multiple sessions, year-long. We welcome students to participate in any/all of them.

Time Commitment

  • 2-5 hours weekly for 12 weeks

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 24-60 hours to this opportunity.