Outdoor Advisory Committee

The MTRS Outdoor Advisory Committee (OAC) is intended to be a mixture of community members, students, and MTRS staff. Anyone with an interest in helping us develop outdoor spaces for the school and community is welcome to join at any time! We meet monthly to plan and implement projects designed to help support student learning inside and outside the classroom. We also plan, implement, and advise on the projects to help the development of outdoor spaces at MTRS. The OAC communicates progress on the different projects and initiatives once a month in Principal Buckland’s weekly newsletters.

Grounds Projects for 2021–2022

  • Renovation of the community garden
  • Renovation of the courtyard garden
  • Campus-wide litter pick-up

Academic Classes with an Outdoor Focus for 2021–2022

  • NHS introduced composting in HS
  • Outdoor lunches 
  • Hiking elective 
  • Snowshoeing unit as part of wellness
  • Field Biology class elective
  • Grade 7 - Campus clean-up for Earth Day
  • Grade 10 civics project - Campus clean-up
  • Grade 10 civics project - Invasive species identification and clean-up 
  • Grade 10 civics project - Campus naming, labeling, and sign-posting 
  • Grade 10 civics project - Reviving gardens and courtyards 

Planned Projects and Initiatives for 2022–2023

  • MS environmental elective class
  • MS composting
  • Composting pilot at BSE 
  • Outdoor seating development plan 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Civics project - Pump track for mountain biking 
  • Pollinator garden 
  • Culvert project in Ashfield 
  • Solar panel potential at MTRS 
  • Start of school hiking


Grade 10 Outdoor Civic Action Projects

Grade 7 picking up litter for the Earth Day clean-up!

MTRS students creating a pollinator garden