The Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning connects people with nature within the natural environment of British Columbia's southern Gulf Islands.

We craft memorable learning experiences to help nurture eco- literate citizens through children's summer camps, school programs and adult and family events.

We believe a direct, personal connection with nature is foundational to understanding the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing us.

GICEL celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and the 1000th participant in its summer programs. In 2015 the GICEL surpassed the 2000th participant.


GICEL is a registered non-profit society in British Columbia, governed by a volunteer board of directors representing GICEL’s partner organizations and the community. GICEL began in 2002 and annual newsletters summarize GICEL’S activities. Becoming a member is easy!


GICEL’s programs go beyond traditional environmental education or outdoor education. Our ecologically-based and place- based programs are rooted in direct experience. The very popular GICEL Summer Earth Education Program (SEEP) for children is offered on Mayne, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands.