Awaken Of Inquiry and Adventure Okanagan

AIAO provides rich learning opportunities that are rooted in place and nature based educational practices. We are often learning on and from the land and work with local Indigenous groups to authentically weave Indigenous ways of being and knowing into our program.

We collaborate with various business and mentors throughout the Okanagan to engage our students in a variety of experiential learning opportunities. We acknowledge that learning and understanding occur in many ways, not just within the classroom, and incorporate this philosophy into our way of learning.

AIAO is a place for students to find their interests, explore their passions, and become curious about learning. Students are able to learn core courses (numeracy, literacy, etc.) cross-curricularly and through avenues of interest. AIAO uses the BC curriculum and our program is deeply rooted in the core competencies. We want students to leave our program being prepared to take on whatever life brings their way. All AIAO students have the opportunity to graduate from our program with a BC Dogwood Diploma.

Is this program for you?


AIAO is best suited for the following learners:

  • Learners who prefer place & nature-based learning opportunities that are hands-on, authentic, and collaborative
  • Learners who wish to learn numeracy and literacy through cross-curricular, real-world experiences
  • Learners who wish to deepen their connection to the natural world
  • Learners who value community and powerful relationships with peers and teachers
  • Success at AIAO requires collaboration with everyone involved in the student’s learning and growth.

Who can apply?

  • We are currently accepting applications for students in grades 7 – 9.

What grades can attend AIAO?

  • AIAO is made up of learners in grades 7 – 12 and is a program of choice that students can remain in from their entry year through to graduation.

How to apply:

  • Schedule a visit with AIAO. Email
  • Download and fill out our application form from
  • Hand in the application form to the office staff at Fulton Secondary along with an SD22 school transfer form. You will then be contacted to set up an interview!