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Field Trips: Explore the most bio-diverse natural area in the city!

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Weaselhead Field Trip Introduction

$190/class, full-day field trip

$110/class, half-day field trip

In-school presentation accompanying an outdoor field trip booking

$85/presentation

Maximum 3 classes per day

Maximum 30 students per class

 

Grade 1 Investigating the Needs of Plants and Animals

Curricular Connections: Topic A: Creating Colour; Topic B: Seasonal Changes; Topic D: Senses; Topic E: Needs of Animals and Plants

Students become detectives as they explore the Weaselhead Natural Environment Area investigating living things.

Recommended half day field trip with pre-visit in-school presentation. Available year round, adapted to season.

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Gr 1 Teachers Guide

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Grade 2 Exploring Small Animals and Environment/Winter Wonders

Curricular Connections: Topic A: Exploring Liquids; Topic B: Buoyancy and Boats; Topic D: Hot and Cold Temperatures; Topic E: Small Crawling and Flying Animals

Spring and Fall participants take part in a pond study Exploring Small Animals and Environment. Winter Wonders’ participants experience the environment from the perspective of a small animal and its adaptations to winter.

Recommended half day field trip.

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Gr 2 Teachers Guide

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Grade 3  Animal Life Cycles

Curricular Connections: Topic D: Hearing and Sound; Topic E: Animal Life Cycles

Aquatic invertebrates and insect galls will be studied demonstrating insect life cycles and adaptations.

Recommended half day field trip with pond study in spring or fall.

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Gr 3 Teachers Guide

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Grade 4 Plants in a Natural Community & Natures Waste

Curricular Connections: Topic A: Waste and Our World; Topic E: Plant Growth and Changes

Participants compare plant life in a natural environment, examining vegetation in different ecosystems including wetlands, meadows and forests. Students learn how nature deals with its own waste and with human waste and pollution.

Recommended full day spring or fall field trip or half day field trip with optional pre-visit in-school presentation.

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Grade 4 Teachers Guide

Grade 4 Weaselhead Student Worksheets

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Grade 5 Wetlands: Important to a Healthy Environment

Curricular Connections: Topic D: Weather Watch; Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

This program gives students an opportunity to study a variety of wetlands in the same field trip. They will conduct pond studies to examine the different aquatic invertebrates that live in the different types of wetland.

Recommended full day spring or fall field trip with an optional pre or post in-school presentation.

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Grade 5 Wetlands Teachers Guide

Grade 5 Student Worksheets

Additional Resources:

Weaselhead Wetland Curriculum Connections

Wetland Web of Life Tags

Weaselhead Wetland Rummy

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Grade 6 Trees & Forest Diversity

Curricular Connections: Topic C: Sky Science; Topic D: Evidence and Investigation; Topic E: Trees and Forests 

Social Studies: 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making

This trip combines the civil issues social studies unit with the tree science unit. The program requires students to study a civil issue from various stakeholders’ views in a bias balanced program while studying trees and forest diversity in a natural setting.

Recommended full day field trip. ‘Take A Stand’ Social Studies activity optional in field trip or as an in-school presentation on the SW Ring Road.

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Grade 6 Trees & Forest Diversity Teachers Guide

Grade 6 Student Worksheets

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Grade 7 Ecosystems & Plants for Food and Fiber

Curricular Connections: Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems; Unit B: Plants for Food and Fiber

Students examine the issues of human impact on the area — past, present and future. They will have a chance to study the 5 distinct ecosystems and the species found in each. Students engage as different user groups identifying plants used as food and fiber and their medicinal uses.

Recommended full day field trip with optional in-school presentation.

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Gr 7 Teachers Guide

Grade 7 Weaselhead Worksheets

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Grade 8 Freshwater Ecosystems

Curricular Connections: Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems

Students will be exposed to the important role water plays in this particular area. They will explore the impact of water on climate and land formation and research the adaptations of the fresh water species in the area. They will also perform a water quality test.

Recommended full day field trip with pre-visit in-school presentation.

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Grade 8 Teachers Guide

Gr 8 Freshwater Systems Worksheet

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Grade 9 Biodiversity

Curricular Connections: Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

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Grade 9 Teachers Guide

 Gr 9 Biodiversity and Environmental Chemistry Students Worksheet

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 Recreational Impacts Grade 4-9

 

***NOTE: the field-trip ‘Recreational Impacts on Natural Areas’ is not available this fall but can be booked for 2016

Curricular Connections:

Grade 4 –  Topic E: Plant Growth and Changes; Grade 5 – Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems; Grade 6 – Topic E: Trees and Forests & Social Studies: 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making; Grade 7 –  Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystem & Unit B: Plants for Food and Fibre; Grade 8 – Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems; Grade 9 – Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Recreational Impacts on Natural Areas has strong cross curriculum links from grade 4-9. The program is adapted to suit the grade visiting and customized to match its particular curricular connections. This field trip experience offers hands-on, inquiry-based activities that help to build environmental literacy and responsible stewardship. Students conduct experiments to study the impacts of different recreational activities and develop mitigation strategies for preserving plants, wildlife, water and soil. The goal of this program is to create strong environmental stewards who make appropriate recreational decisions in natural areas while linking fun activities to their school curriculum.

This Program was developed with the generous contribution from Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

Recreational Impacts on Natural Areas Program Package

Recreational Impacts on Natural Areas Student Worksheets

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