In-school programs: Bring Nature into the Classroom!

All programs include hands-on study of specimens/exhibits and include appropriate games and other activities. 

K and Grade 1: 40 min programs

Grade 2 – 9: 1 hour programs

 

$100/class

In-school presentation accompanying an outdoor field trip booking

$85/presentation

 

K – Grade 1   Animals, Adaptations and Seasonal Changes

Fur, tracks, and scat samples are investigated for clues as to the needs of common Canadian mammals. What do animals do in winter? What made these tracks in the snow?

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

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Grade 2   Small Crawling and Flying Animals (available April to Nov only)

Make a watery habitat for Mr Scud and his friend Miss Snail. Check it has everything needed to keep them healthy – then find out what happens when you add a predator!

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

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 Grade 3   Animal Life Cycles (available April to Nov only)

Build a miniature pond that includes examples of invertebrates that undergo complete, incomplete and no metamorphosis. Do young animals always look like their parents?

Curricular Connections: Topic E: Animal Life Cycles

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Grade 4   Plants in a Natural Community & Natures Waste (available April to Nov only)

Follow the story of a leaf in life and death, from decomposition to re-birth. Take the bio-diversity challenge and design your own natural area with woody and herbaceous plants, fungi and decomposers. What would you include? What would you leave out?

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

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Grade 5   Wetlands: Important to a Healthy Environment (available April to Nov only)

Build a miniature wetland – complete with aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plants and terrestrial plants. Is your ‘wetland’ sustainable? Does it have producers, consumers and decomposers? What are all these strange bugs that live in the water?

Curricular Connections: Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

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 Grade 6   Trees & Forest Diversity

What is meant when we say a tree is ‘coniferous’ or ‘deciduous’? Examine and identify examples of both. Explore the interdependence of trees and the animals. Compare native with non-native plants and investigate the impact changes in vegetation have on forest ecosystems.

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

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Grade 7   Plants for Food and Fibre

Calgary in the late 1800’s: how would you survive? What would you use for transport, for medicine, for food, for fun? Part survivor-man and part a lesson in our own history, students go back in time and try their hand at making everyday items from the natural materials found around Calgary.

Curricular Connections: Unit B: Plants for Food and Fibre

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Grade 8   Freshwater Ecosystems

Students build a model of a watershed. What happens when there is a toxic waste spill? How far will it spread? Which parts of the watershed are affected? Try it and see! Measure the changes in nitrates/nitrites, dissolved oxygen, pH and turbidity when water becomes contaminated…

Curricular Connections: Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Ecosystems

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Grade 9   Biodiversity

Investigate the factors that influence biodiversity. Explore the adaptations of animals and plants to their environment and how these adaptations are passed on. Invasive species and climate are changing the environment far faster than in the past: can living things adapt to rapid change?

Curricular Connections: Unit A: Biological Diversity

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