Our Story

  • 1969
    Geoff Tisch, Educo Founder

    Educo was founded by Geoff Tisch, a New Zealander living in British Columbia, Canada. Geoff felt the youth of the day needed some real challenges in their lives.

  • 1970

    The organization was established in 1969 and legally incorporated as a society and as a registered charity on May 6, 1970.

  • 1970
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC

    The first high ropes course is installed at the start of and during the 1970 course. Climbing ropes, harnesses and high ropes courses were all made from second hand cargo rope from Vancouver wharves or new 12 mm layered-up nylon industrial rope.

  • 1972
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - history

    Next to the Main Cabin, a 45-foot well is dug and a hand pump is installed.  Stella and her “Educo Gold” quickly become an integral piece of life at Educo.

  • 1972

    The A-frame student cabins are burned in a fire at site.  Nobody is harmed and the lone surviving cabin (now called “Dragonfly”) is saved by a team of students and staff. Fire lines and a pump are installed the following year.

  • 1974
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - history

    The Moose Valley canoe and portage route is created by Educo staff and 100 Mile community members.  Together with the government, they work to designate Moose Valley as a provincial park.  Certain lakes, such as Kirkland and Maitland, are named after passionate pioneers of the park.

  • 1975
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - history

    Educo runs its first programs featuring out-trip expeditions!  Groups head to Mount Bowman in the Marble Mountain Range near Clinton, B.C.

  • 1982
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC

    Program facilitation grows to emphasize teamwork, inclusion, humour, appreciation, and self-expression from the heart.

  • 1983
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - history

    Students and staff hop aboard BC Rail to travel to mountains in the Lillooet area.  On the trains, the staff surprise students and other passengers with wild skits and shenanigans.

  • 1985
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC

    Dawna Lace, Judith Kleinstein, and other adventurous women lead Educo’s first Girls Course!

  • 1997

    Erin Beagle and Chris White launch the first school programs at the Educo site. The season expands to run from May to September. Teachers embrace the opportunity for their students to learn outside and step beyond the walls of the classroom.

  • 2000
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - history

    The Educo site is purchased. The lease is fully paid!  Educo is grateful to have such a wonderful home. A big thank you to the donors who helped Educo to purchase the site!

  • 2004

    Students begin climbing to new heights on Educo’s new rock climbing wall.  The second side is added in 2010.

  • 2009
    Educo Adventure School, 100 Mile House BC - 40th-reunion

    Educo celebrates its 40th Anniversary!  Over 200 alumni and friends reunite at Educo Fest to celebrate!

  • 2014

    Educo re-launches the Discovery Course with a new twist: students participate in Rites of Passage processes that spur intentional transition from adolescence to adulthood.