The Society is offering field trips this fall to support children learning from home. (Teachers can also request a Naturalist to visit their school to lead a guided walk around their school grounds or naturalised area by emailing email@example.com, and can still book our regular field trips for 2021. Scroll down for description.)
PARENTS teaching children at home - get out of the house for a day and book at place on one of our curriculum-based field trips! Scroll down for description. Offered From Sept 1st to Oct 30th on the following weekly schedule:
- K/Grade 1: Mondays, 9.30-12.00;
- Grade 2/3: Tuesdays, 9.30 - 12.00;
- Grade 4/5: Wednesdays, 9.30 - 2.30pm;
- Grade 6/7: Thursdays 9.30 - 2.30pm;
- Grade 8/9: Fridays 9.30 - 2.30 pm.
Parents can book a single place or join with friends and book multiple places. All students must have an accompanying parent or adult authorised by a parent or guardian to accompany the student. A minimum of 3 places must be booked for the trip to take place - if less than 3 places are booked parents will be contacted and asked to choose another date. Total number of participants per group is 6 students and 6 accompanying adults plus instructor (more places than 6 can be booked but students will go in a different group with a different instructor). Price per student $20 for a half-day program and $35 for a full day program. Please print out and bring a copy of the appropriate worksheet (see below). Please ensure you and your child have a face covering or mask.
TEACHERS/TUTORS with a 'cohort' or 'learning pod' of students can book their grade of choice on any day of the week, Sept 1st to Oct 30th, if they are bringing at least 4 students. Maximum number of students is 6 per group, up to 3 groups can be booked. Price per student $20 for a half-day program and $35 for a full day program. Please print out and bring copies of the appropriate worksheet (see below). Please ensure all students and adults bring a face covering or mask.
PARENTS wanting to book an individual place or TEACHERS/TUTORS wanting to book a cohort or pod please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and an alternative date; the desired program (eg. Grade 5); and in the case of teachers bringing a cohort - the number of students and accompanying adults.
AVAILABILITY: to check which days are available please see our 'availability calendar' on the bookings page.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: Physical distancing will be maintained during the trip, and if teaching moments require closer contact masks or face coverings will be worn; any educational tools or materials used will be sanitised before use; please read the list of precautions before making a booking.
WHERE TO MEET: Weaselhead Parking Lot on 37th St. and 66th Ave. SW
WHAT TO BRING: water and snack for half-day programs (K - Grade 3); water, snacks and packed lunch for full-day programs (Grade 4 - Grade 9); worksheet and something to write on, or journal; something to sit on; sunscreen and/or bug spray if needed; appropriate clothing for the weather (note - the Weaselhead valley can be much colder than the rest of the City); shoes/boots suitable for hiking. For more details download our Weaselhead Field Trip Introduction.
Explore the most bio-diverse natural area in the city!
Grade 1 Investigating the Needs of Plants and Animals: 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.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Creating Colour; Topic B: Seasonal Changes; Topic D: Senses; Topic E: Needs of Animals and Plants
Grade 2 Exploring Small Animals and Environment/Winter Wonders: Spring and Fall participants take part in a pond study and/or bug hunt exploring small animals and their environment. Winter Wonders’ participants experience the environment from the perspective of a small animal and its adaptations to winter. Recommended half day field trip.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Exploring Liquids; Topic B: Buoyancy and Boats; Topic D: Hot and Cold Temperatures; Topic E: Small Crawling and Flying Animals
Grade 3 Animal Life Cycles: Aquatic invertebrates and insect galls are studied to investigate insect life cycles and adaptations. Recommended half day field trip with pond study in spring or fall.
Curricular Connections: Topic D: Hearing and Sound; Topic E: Animal Life Cycles
Grade 4 Plants in a Natural Community & Natures Waste: Participants compare different 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.
Curricular Connections: Topic A: Waste and Our World; Topic E: Plant Growth and Changes
Grade 5 Wetlands: Important to a Healthy Environment: 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 wetlands. Recommended full day spring or fall field trip with an optional pre- or post in-school presentation.
Curricular Connections: Topic D: Weather Watch; Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems
- Grade 5 Wetlands Teachers Guide
- Grade 5 Student Worksheets
- Additional Resources: Wetland Web of Life Tags; Weaselhead Wetland Rummy
Grade 6 Trees & Forest Diversity This trip focuses on three different native trees in the Weaselhead and their characteristics. Students study the structure of woody plants and explore the difference between trees and shrubs. Recommended full day field trip. (An optional activity 'Take a Stand', can be combined with this field-trip or a pre-/post-visit in classroom. This asks students to debate the pros and cons of building a ring road from various stakeholders' views, combining the social studies unit with the tree science unit. Please email email@example.com for details.)
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
- Grade 6 Trees & Forest Diversity Teachers Guide
- Grade 6 Student Worksheets
- Additional resources: 'Take a Stand' activity (in-school, or by arrangement during field-trip)
Grade 7 Ecosystems & 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.
Curricular Connections: Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems; Unit B: Plants for Food and Fiber
Grade 8 Freshwater 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.
Curricular Connections: Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems
Grade 9 Biodiversity: Curricular Connections: Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry
Recreational Impacts Grade 4-9: this program 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 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.
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 Program Package
- Recreational Impacts on Natural Areas Student Worksheets
- Program developed with the generous support of Alberta Ecotrust