Passengers and employees arriving to YVR on the Canada Line recently have probably shared the ride with a throng of very excited Grade 5 students. The airport has been abuzz with these students since September when YVR’s School Tour program – The Future Lands Here – kicked off.
Over the course of 10 weeks, more than 1,750 students from 43 Metro Vancouver schools participated in the Airport Authority’s annual tour program. Our tour guides and Green Coat volunteers opened up the hearts and imaginations of the students by pointing out the many unique features and workings of an international airport.
Students also benefitted from meeting special visitors to their tours such as YVR firefighters; the airport chaplain; an environmental specialist; a baggage system technician; an RCMP officer and his dog, Jett Black; as well as Live@YVR storyteller Jaeger Mah who lived at the airport for 80 days.
The tour guides escort students through the public areas of the terminal and educate the travellers of tomorrow about important aspects of air travel. The Public Observation Area, which offers unobstructed views of airfield activity, is always a favourite, as is acting out characters at the Haida Gwaii, exploring the living wall at the Canada Line station, learning how to pack a bag for air travel and understanding flight information display boards.
Well received by teachers and students, the program will run again in the fall of 2012 with registration commencing in June. To learn more about YVR School Tour Program, visit www.yvrconnections.com.